- Matt Bowen, Special to ESPN Insider
The term "sophomore slump" was thrown at Cam Newton early in 2012 after the Carolina Panthers got off to a brutal 2-8 start. However, after he played his best football of the season during a 5-1 stretch to close out the schedule, is it safe to say that Newton is primed to be a top-tier QB in 2013?
Let's examine the tape to see exactly how Newton improved over the final six games of the season and go into detail on why the arrow is pointing up on the Panthers' quarterback.
When I talk about proper mechanics at the quarterback position, my focus shifts to footwork and technique. That leads to the proper ball placement and timing within the route tree, which is a must when you are asked to put a throw on the upfield shoulder away from a defender's leverage at the point of attack. It's important to set a strong base, square your feet, keep the ball up high and step into the throw.
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