London Fletcher: Cam Newton Should Be Further Along

Former NFL LB Discusses Newton's Accuracy

Taz and the Moose
September 12, 2019 - 11:16 am
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The Panthers and Bucs will duke it out in Charlotte Thursday to open the Week 2 football slate. Former NFL lineback London Fletcher lives in Charlotte. He knows what the fans are thinking down there. He also knows he's not in love with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. 

Fletcher joined Taz And The Moose on CBS Sports Radio Thursday to talk about Cam. 

"I live here in Charlotte and that's all everyone wants to talk about is Cam. I'm not a huge Cam Newton fan," Fletcher told the guys. "I think with him being at this point in his career, he should be further along as far as being more accurate with the football. This is even prior to the shoulder injury. I don't know if they feel they don't trust Cam to throw it deep on a regular basis or they don't feel that they have the receivers to stretch the field, get deep and do all those things on a consistent basis. That's something that I'm not sure if it's a combination of both Cam's arms and shoulders not fully there and to have him throwing the football down the field. They don't feel comfortable. If you're a defense and you feel like a quarterback is not going to throw the ball further than 20 yards, you can just be more aggressive. You can take more chances from a defensive standpoint."

Chad Pennington was a QB who just did not have the ability to throw the ball deep down the field because of the shoulder injuries he battled through. It changes the game. 

"I can remember playing against Chad Pennington and Chad was a really good quarterback, extremely accurate, but Chad wasn't one who wasn't really going to challenge you vertical down the field often throughout a ball game. In our defensive meetings, the defensive coordinator would tell the defensive back, he's not going to throw it deep. You don't have to be as concerned with the deep balls. Even when I played Cover 2 and I'm the middle linebacker having to run down the middle of the field deep, I'm like man I'm not running down that field, he's not throwing it that deep. I got an interception off him because I didn't go deep." 

The Panthers will look to win their first game against a QB in Jameis Winston who has struggled himself with accuracy.