NFL Nation: Cam Newton workout

Bills dined with Newton, agents Monday

March, 8, 2011
All 32 NFL teams watched Auburn quarterback Cam Newton perform Tuesday, but the Buffalo Bills had a private audience with the Heisman Trophy winner Monday night. personnel analyst Gil Brandt blogged his thoughts on Newton's workout. Brandt mentioned Newton and his agents, Bus Cook and Tony Paige, had dinner with the Bills the night before.

Throughout Newton's impressive workout, Nix could be seen in the background chatting with Brandt. Bills vice president of college scouting Tom Modrak also was in attendance at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Bills own the third overall draft choice.

Brandt, however, believes the Carolina Panthers should select Newton with the top pick.

Cam Newton rebounds with strong pro day

March, 8, 2011
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton gave the NFL a little more to think about Tuesday.

Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix and vice president of college scouting Tom Modrak were in Jordan-Hare Stadium for Newton's pro day workout. They had to walk away impressed.

Newton rebounded from a disappointing performance at the NFL scouting combine nine days earlier to complete 50 of his 60 passes in scripted drills. Three of his 10 incompletions were dropped. He then took requests from NFL coaches who wanted to see him make a few more specific throws.

At the combine, Newton connected on only 11 of his 21 throws to a collection of receivers he didn't know.

Newton was in a comfort zone Tuesday. The Heisman Trophy winner had to deal with a steady wind, but he had his own receivers in his home stadium. Personal coach George Whitfield Jr. ran the drills.

"For those that were really curious about that acclimation to a five-step game, coming out from under the center," Whitfield said, "I think he really answered the question if you had one choice in this year's draft of getting a quarterback to anchor your franchise for years to come -- whether you're an outdoor city or you're playing in a physical [division] -- he really, really pushed that needle in that direction today just with sheer power, sheer velocity. He was accurate. He was consistent."

Before every throw, Newton took a direct snap from Auburn center Ryan Pugh to demonstrate how he would look in a traditional pro-style offense.

Many of the throws were high-percentage. Some were designed to showcase his footwork in the pocket before passing to stationary targets.

A few of his passes sailed like they did in Indianapolis, but he wasn't nearly as wild. He zipped tight spirals time and again and connected on his first 19 attempts before a ball hit the ground.

"I just wanted to come out here and be more consistent," Newton said afterward. "That's what me and George have been working on since Day 1, working on my craft to be better. Today was another day to get better."

Cam Newton’s pro day at Auburn University just ended and the early reviews are positive.

Newton, who was inconsistent in his passing at the combine, showed much improvement in that area as he worked out in front of dozens of NFL coaches and front-office workers, including Carolina head coach Ron Rivera, who holds the No. 1 pick in the April draft.

Newton, who has been under intense scrutiny for some incidents in his background, an attitude that sometimes seems flamboyant and the fact that he didn’t run a true pro-style offense in college, went out of his way to be accommodating.

He wandered around the field for nearly four hours while his teammates, including defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is expected to be an early draft pick, went through drills. Newton did all that at the combine and his only role Tuesday was to throw.

He did that part well. Newton, working exclusively under center opened the workout by throwing 60 passes. Fifty of those were caught and several more were dropped. That should help answer questions about his accuracy and footwork.

Newton completed the first 19 passes he threw and seemed to be especially accurate on long throws. At the completion of his 60th throw, teams were asked if they wanted to see Newton make any more throws. Two teams put in requests and Newton threw five more passes. Four were complete and one was dropped.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Newton threw the ball much better than he did at the combine. But McShay said he still has Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert ranked slightly ahead of Newton. McShay said his reason is Gabbert has been more accurate on a consistent basis.


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