Newton Says He’s Ready to Let Others on the Panthers Be Playmakers

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton began throwing again Monday after recovering from shoulder surgery. Despite years of trying to rein himself in, Newton has too often listened to the voice suggesting he has to make every play, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.

“There has never been a time when I’ve been on a team – I don’t care if I’m playing softball – where I haven’t been looked upon to be that guy,” Newton said a couple of hours after he was cleared to start throwing again. “And it’s hard when it’s 14-10, we need a touchdown, it’s third-and-2, you’re looking at coach, you get the play call, and it’s like, ‘Come on!’

“It’s no different than LeBron, Kobe, Jordan or even Brady. My biggest gift in a certain respect is a curse, too.”

“The thing I have to realize is my job is not necessarily to always be the playmaker,” Newton said. “I have to give other people opportunities to make plays. That’s the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me.

“So having more comfort in trusting the guys around me is the biggest thing. Trust and knowing my job is giving everybody a chance and letting them do their job as well.”


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