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  • Cam Newton has a scheduled visit with the Broncos

    As sentiment grows among draft analysts that Cam Newton will be a top-10 pick, the Denver Broncos are working to continue their evaluation of the quarterback position—even with Tim Tebow on deck.

    Sources indicated the organization, which has the number two overall draft pick this year, is scheduling to visit with the Heisman winner on April 18th at this time.

    Cam Newton recently recovered from a disappointing outing at the NFL Scouting Combine with a better outing at his Auburn Pro day.

    He displayed improved accuracy working in a familiar environment by connecting on 50 of his 60 passes thrown in front of a crowd of decision-makers that included Broncos brass in John Elway, head coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders.

    While Newton looked quite comfortable throwing the long ball, he and coach George Whitfield were particularly determined to show progress on intermediate routes and his five-step and seven-step drops during his round of scripted plays.

    As the former Tiger showed confidence in his arm strength throughout the workout, he also discussed the areas he’s willing to work on given he's still raw out of a spread system.

    As for the Broncos, sources say they’re also planning to set up about 30 visits with various top draft prospects per their “routine and common practice.”

    How serious the team is in Newton as the possible face of the franchise remains to be seen and certainly will be subject to skepticism. However, despite having a fan base emotionally tied to Tebow, they’re at least underlining their determination to keep every position open for debate.

    Besides if anyone has the expertise to judge who should be under center for the Broncos, it’s certainly Elway.

    NFL.com also reports that Newton has additional workouts scheduled with the Bengals, Browns, Titans, Redskins, Dolphins and the Vikings.

    Comments 24 Comments
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Good Stuff Josina; Thanks. I think the the Broncos are just looking and won't take him but Bluffs are all over the place this time of year. I think the Browns are fine with Colt but will take a young QB for development late in the draft in case they change on keeping Delhomme. Bengals, Vikings and Titans are Good candidates based on their QBs wanting to-already have or soon to be departing. The Redskins and Dolphins have QB needsbut could arguably survive with a slight subpar record or an on par record with who they have currently.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Don't the Broncos already have Cam Newton on the roster? Tim Tebow seems to be the same kind of QB.

      I think the Broncos are fishing for trade bait, trying to get another team to trade up.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Appreciate you guys. You are right that this time of year is full of gamesmenship and maneuvering among many NFL teams ahead of the draft. At the same time, the fear many teams have with Newton is the "what if" factor. What if we pass on him and he shines somewhere else and makes us look bad? However, the flip side of this question applies too. What if Newton doesn't pan out in a pro system and leaves us with our necks hanging out as well? Personally, I feel the kid has enough upside to prevail where he's allowed to develop.

      I'm curious what Elway's take on Newton is behind closed doors though. Clearly his opinion on QB's is credible.
    1. Jerry Jones's Avatar
      Josina,
      This could be interesting........
      If Denver does pick Newton..............
      Two guys that like to run as well as they like to throw...........
      That should confuse the standard defenses..........
      And thus begins the new era of the "Double Wildcat" offense.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      don't the broncos already have cam newton on the roster? Tim tebow seems to be the same kind of qb.

      I think the broncos are fishing for trade bait, trying to get another team to trade up.
      x2!
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Jones View Post
      Josina,

      And thus begins the new era of the "Double Wildcat" offense.
      You heard it here first folks......
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Love it. Coin the term or did Bart Scott beat you to it? #CANTWAIT Have to say in my sports department we've talked about the idea of Cam at QB and Tebow at A-back---meaning doing anything the Broncos ask him to do...block catch throw. #Boom #Broncos LOL But all t-shirt proceeds go to you guys :0) of course.
    1. sterkin's Avatar
      "Clearly his opinion on QB's is credible. "

      I don't get this. Yes, Elway used to play QB at a very high level, but does that automatically translate to being good evaluating QB's? Remember Elway is new to personal evaluation and I think he gets way to much credit when his track record is zero.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by sterkin View Post
      "Clearly his opinion on QB's is credible. "

      I don't get this. Yes, Elway used to play QB at a very high level, but does that automatically translate to being good evaluating QB's? Remember Elway is new to personal evaluation and I think he gets way to much credit when his track record is zero.
      Good point. Just because someone was great at the sport doesn't mean they can evaluate talent.

      Michael Jordan, Isaiah Thomas, Wayne Gretzky were all washouts as GMs.

      Oh, and there's a guy who has four super bowl rings who didn't exactly cover himself with glory in Detroit. (He shall remain nameless out of deference to the feelings of my friends from Michigan.)
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      nothing would make me happier than Denver taking Newton. I'm not terribly worried as hell will freeze over before Marvin Lewis gets on board with the drafting of Newton, but even still I'd prefer he be gone before #4 so that someone else gets pushed down (or someone is desperate to jump up and get Gabbert).
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      nothing would make me happier than Denver taking Newton. I'm not terribly worried as hell will freeze over before Marvin Lewis gets on board with the drafting of Newton, but even still I'd prefer he be gone before #4 so that someone else gets pushed down (or someone is desperate to jump up and get Gabbert).
      As long as you're not giving Buffalo any ideas. Inaccurate QBs have no chance at the Ralph in winter. Though come to think of it, we could use a dynamic tight end...
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      It actually is starting to upset me that everything Denver has done during the pre-Draft process is a step towards drafting someone NOT named Patrick Peterson.
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
      It actually is starting to upset me that everything Denver has done during the pre-Draft process is a step towards drafting someone NOT named Patrick Peterson.
      Yeah. He seems the best choice for them.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      I am not crazy about Newton, but I can't get the name Ben Roethlisberger out of my head when his name is mentioned. So much of playing QB now is the ability to take a hit, avoid the rush, and/or force the defense to keep the QB from running. I would say Cam can certainly do those things. Ben is not Peyton Manning when it comes to reading defenses, but he keeps plays alive so long eventually the defense breaks down.
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      I am not crazy about Newton, but I can't get the name Ben Roethlisberger out of my head when his name is mentioned. So much of playing QB now is the ability to take a hit, avoid the rush, and/or force the defense to keep the QB from running. I would say Cam can certainly do those things. Ben is not Peyton Manning when it comes to reading defenses, but he keeps plays alive so long eventually the defense breaks down.
      Could a Roethlisberger type be nearly as successful on a team with an average defense? Yes, Ben delivers in crunch time, but if he plays in Seattle, Cleveland, St. Louis, or anywhere but a top-five defense city, does he ever get the chance? Can you say he's near as good as Peyton when he would have to put up points about 30% more often in order to keep pace with what that defense gives up in order to even have a chance? Most of the best QBs are still pocket passers who read well, are decisive, and are accurate - Brady, Brees, Rivers, Rodgers, Manning1. In this group Rodgers is the only real escape artist - the rest can anticipate pressure and avoid it more than they shed it.
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      I am not crazy about Newton, but I can't get the name Ben Roethlisberger out of my head when his name is mentioned. So much of playing QB now is the ability to take a hit, avoid the rush, and/or force the defense to keep the QB from running. I would say Cam can certainly do those things. Ben is not Peyton Manning when it comes to reading defenses, but he keeps plays alive so long eventually the defense breaks down.
      Newton < Roethlisberger by a long shot.

      Newton is a read once then run guy. Big Ben is a read - read - escape a tackle - read again - and read once more before thinking about running guy.

      Newton has little pocket presence/awareness as opposed to Big Ben's uncanny pocket awareness. Ben's game is fearless.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Great point about Pittsburgh's defense. I would defer to Turk on how much Ben reads defenses, but his strength is his size and his ability to escape. Donovan used those skills early in his career as well. Taking a defender out of the secondary to spy a QB certainly makes the reads easier.
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      I can see Cam Newton being a fit with Chan Gailey in Buffalo. I have a lot of respect for Gailey's offensive creativity and keep thinking back to what he did with Kordell Stewart and the "Slash" package in their Steeler days together. Cam is a "Super-Sized" Slash. He is bigger, stronger just as fast if not faster with a similar throwing arm. The Bills pick at #3, so maybe Denver is trying to leverage another pick out of Buffalo if indeed Cam is their man. Who knows? Can't trust anything anyone says at this time of year.
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      There have been conflicting reports out of Buffalo regarding their interest in both Gabbert and Newton. I believe it's all a smokescreen. If I'm running that franchise, I'm going defense early and often. In fact, with the depth along the defensive line in this draft, I'm taking Patrick Peterson, or preferably Von Miller at #3, then pick up a quality DL at #34.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      The interesting part of Newton going to Denver is that they may be doing what I have wondered about all along. Would one team start collecting Tewbow and Newton type QBs so that they could run one offense and not worry so much about getting a running QB hurt. I can tell you this, John Elway beat us as many times with his legs as he did his arm. (well almost).