I'm not gonna lie, I haven't been a fan of Cam "The Scam" Newton from day one. However, I'm all for giving someone a chance once they get to the professional level. After looking over some stats from his first two preseason games, I think they show Newton will fail as an NFL starting quarterback.
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Because Russell held out his rookie season, I had to take the numbers from his first couple of regular season starts, which came starting week 13 of the 2007-2008 season. Russell's combined numbers after two starts: 12/35 for 149 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Strikingly similar to Newton, and not in a good way.
I suppose this doesn't spell doom for him necessarily, but it doesn't bode well this early in his career either. I guess time will tell. I'm sure people are going to jump to his defense, but the guy has shown me absolutely nothing to even indicate he gives a damn if he does fail. Just as long as he gets paid. Ya know, like he did in college...