In 1998, Peyton Manning threw for 3,739 setting the NFL record for most passing yards by a rookie. Thirteen years later, Cam Newton is on pace to shatter that record.
Through four weeks, Newton has already thrown for 350 yards in a game three times and is on pace to finish the season with more than 5,500 yards. And while the criticism would be that the Carolina Panthers are only 1-3 in those four games and he has as many interceptions (5) as touchdowns (5), let’s not forget that the Indianapolis Colts were 3-13 during Manning’s rookie year. Manning also threw more interceptions (28) than touchdowns (26) that season.
Not a bad start for Newton, who has started 18 games since high school and did not have the benefit of an extended NFL off-season…
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