The Chris Simms top 40 NFL QB countdown, No. 10: Cam Newton

Chris Simms top 40 NFL QB: Cam Newton
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We’ve gotten to the top 10 of the Chris Simms top 40 quarterback countdown, and the guy at No. 10 is a guy who currently doesn’t have a team.

He’s the first pick in the 2011 draft and the 2015 NFL MVP: Cam Newton.

Yes, Cam Newton. If healthy, he’s a top-10 quarterback. The question is whether he’s healthy, and when/if/how a team will be able to properly come to that conclusion.

It’s more than just the foot injury that caused him to miss 14 games last year. He also had a shoulder injury in 2018 that resulted in surgery and a mid-career change in his throwing motion.

The pandemic has made it very difficult for Newton to land a job, and with most starting spots taken he’ll likely have to wait for someone to get injured. For many teams, it would be impossible to justify keeping him as a backup after the players see what he can do on a practice field — if, again, he’s healthy.

At some point, Newton will get another chance. And if he’s indeed healthy, whoever gets him will end up being very happy about that. Even if, for now, Newton likely isn’t very happy about being a franchise quarterback without a franchise.

More from Chris Simms top 40 QBs list:

No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

No. 39: Dwayne Haskins

No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky

No. 37: Justin Herbert

No. 36: Taysom Hill

No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

No. 34: Tyrod Taylor

No. 33: Jameis Winston

No. 32: Case Keenum

No. 31: Nick Foles

No. 30: Gardner Minshew II

No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick

No. 27: Andy Dalton

No. 26: Joe Burrow

No. 25: Drew Lock

No. 24 Jared Goff

No. 23: Sam Darnold

No. 22: Daniel Jones

No. 21: Baker Mayfield

No. 20: Jimmy Garoppolo

No. 19: Derek Carr

No. 18: Josh Allen

No. 17: Philip Rivers

No. 16: Drew Brees

No. 15: Tom Brady

No. 14: Ben Roethlisberger

No. 13: Kirk Cousins

No. 12: Kyler Murray

No. 11: Ryan Tannehill

23 responses to “The Chris Simms top 40 NFL QB countdown, No. 10: Cam Newton

  1. It’s a travesty that he’s not starting for the Panthers. More-so, because of the way his release was handled. Hurney and Tepper made a huge mistake. it should’ve been handled differently.

    Now let’s sit back and watch the negative comments regarding Cam, who has been nothing but classy when he would be right to be pissed. Cam has not turned out like his detractors would have it. There has been no drama or crimes off the field and he does nothing but entertain when he’s on it.

  2. So Simms has Cam ranked ahead of Drew Brees and Tom Brady? Yeah ok…..who is Simms #1….Kaep?

  3. qdog112 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    It’s a travesty that he’s not starting for the Panthers. More-so, because of the way his release was handled. Hurney and Tepper made a huge mistake. it should’ve been handled differently.

    Now let’s sit back and watch the negative comments regarding Cam, who has been nothing but classy when he would be right to be pissed. Cam has not turned out like his detractors would have it. There has been no drama or crimes off the field and he does nothing but entertain when he’s on it.
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    Lol oh the drama. Dude…Carolina has a brand new regime. They didn’t want an oft-injured QB they have no emotion/time invested in, so they let him go. This is a business.

    It is definitely surprising that Newton hasn’t found employment yet, but it isn’t at all uncommon for a new staff to come in and want to build their own roster their own way. They didn’t see Cam in their plans. That isn’t a crime.

  4. qdog112 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    It’s a travesty that he’s not starting for the Panthers. More-so, because of the way his release was handled. Hurney and Tepper made a huge mistake. it should’ve been handled differently.

    Now let’s sit back and watch the negative comments regarding Cam, who has been nothing but classy when he would be right to be pissed. Cam has not turned out like his detractors would have it. There has been no drama or crimes off the field and he does nothing but entertain when he’s on it.

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    You disregard the fact that the Panthers goal is to win a Super Bowl and make money. You wouldn’t last long as an NFL exec if you’re making your decisions based on emotions.

    His strength as a QB is literally his strength/power, that’s been minimized. He’s not about to turn into a pocket passer now and expect better results.

    Whats so hard to understand?

    Carolina doesn’t need to go 8-8 for the next couple of seasons to appease emotional “fans”.

  5. I don’t know what the Cowboys are waiting for. Unless they are planning on starting Dalton. But I’d rather get rid of Dak and take Cam instead, at least he’s a proven winner. Dak knows his time is about to be up so he’s trying to get his big payday.

  6. sit out or ride the bench for a year and get fully healthy. i firmly believe Cam has still got one last ride of glory left in him, but the beating he took for the panthers has left him an old 30. if hes never a winning qb again hes already got a very accomplished career. panthers were an absolute force under him during their NFC South 3 peat.

  7. I would think you rate a QB on his value today, not at when he reached his highest plateau. I completely disagree with Sims on his QB rankings, especially with Newton ranking.

  8. likuidsmoke says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I don’t know what the Cowboys are waiting for. Unless they are planning on starting Dalton. But I’d rather get rid of Dak and take Cam instead, at least he’s a proven winner. Dak knows his time is about to be up so he’s trying to get his big payday.

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    You just made fall out of my chair laughing! Newton has always been a better runner than a passer. His body has taken a beating over the years. Every team knows it, that’s why nobody is trying to sign Newton. Thank for the laugh!

  9. So Simms thinks that at this very moment Cam is the 10th best QB in the league? Get real. he used to be top 5 but he’s been hurt and out more often than not the last few years. as it stands right now hes top 20ish at best. If he comes back and stays on the field and we see that cannon of an arm and ability to move and buy time to find the open man and make that ridiculous throw that few others can, we can re-visit this.

  10. What do you expect from the QB ratings of a disappointing college QB at the University of Texas to a career back up in the NFL. I think these lists are created just to create controversy. All that being said, do we really need more of this right now? When did Chris Simms decide to go with the choir boy look? Does he think that makes him look smarter or did he go to the Bruce Arians school to look different for whatever reason?

  11. Yeah,, but but but he was mvp 5 yrs ago. So what? That mvp season was also against a cup cake schedule. What’s that got to do with now anyway? If anyone thought he was top 10, he’d be on a roster without a physical.

  12. alongthegulf says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    likuidsmoke says:
    June 18, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I don’t know what the Cowboys are waiting for. Unless they are planning on starting Dalton. But I’d rather get rid of Dak and take Cam instead, at least he’s a proven winner. Dak knows his time is about to be up so he’s trying to get his big payday.

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    You just made fall out of my chair laughing! Newton has always been a better runner than a passer. His body has taken a beating over the years. Every team knows it, that’s why nobody is trying to sign Newton. Thank for the laugh!
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    I’m not saying Cam is still a franchise QB or some savior that’s going to win them a SB, but if he can at least stay healthy and play he is way better than Dak IMO. So much more potential with Cam on the Cowboys than Dak. Even if Cam is a better runner than passer (his arm talent isn’t lacking though), he is still a better passer than Dak.

    But either way I’d start Dalton over both. I hope that’s what they’re planning.

  13. Time for Chris to get some help. Ryan Leaf is going to be #5 according to how he’s rating QB’s………….

  14. This is just ridiculous. The fact that none of the NFL GMs are trying to sign Newton should indicate that NO ONE thinks he is even close to a top 10 QB.

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