Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton will only ‘occasionally’ use the read option

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Cam Newton has a chance to truly emerge this autumn.

Only “occasionally” using the read option, the Charlotte Observer reports Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula has tried to keep Cam Newton in the pocket throughout training camp.

Since being taken first overall in 2011, the 24-year-old Newton has thrown 40 touchdowns, against 29 interceptions, for 7,920 yards.

A 2011 Pro Bowler and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, Newton’s also rushed 253 times for 1,447 yards and 22 scores.

Unfortunately for Panthers fans, the greatest quality a passer can possess is accuracy and Newton has connected on a substandard 58.9 percent of his attempts.

Even more worrisome, Newton’s becoming notorious for acting cunty during press conferences and on the sidelines when facing adversity.

Amassing an unsatisfactory 13-19 record with Newton under center, Carolina needs a role model in the huddle capable of encouraging and motivating teammates.

By changing philosophy, Shula clearly wants to operate a more conventional attack with Newton as the leader.

Employing the extremely formidable duo of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams in the backfield, Shula would be a village idiot to avoid seeking such a balanced assault.

Plus, traditionalistic formations should help Newton make better decisions with the ball and reduce turnovers.

An extremely gifted playmaker, the former Tiger will always remain a dual-threat on the gridiron.

Still, Mike Shula is wisely determined to make Cam Newton a winner and more than just a statistics compiler in “The Hornet’s Nest.”

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