What do Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III have in common?
Since the Associated Press began awarding NFL Rookie of the Year following the 1967 season, they are the only two quarterbacks to have won the Heisman one year and NFL Rookie of the Year the next.
Both quarterbacks experienced success right out of the gate, defying many critics who questioned whether their duel-threat skillsets would translate to the faster NFL game.
However, in the team’s Week 13 Monday Night Football Matchup vs. the Giants, Griffin III broke Cam Newton’s NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback (706 in 2011). He finished the season with 815 yards rushing.
The rookie was voted NFL Rookie of the Week seven times, compared to Cam Newton’s three. In fact, the only quarterback to claim more rookie of the year awards since its’ inception (2002) was Pittsburgh Steeler’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who won nine (2004).
Overall, Newton threw for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns, and an 84.5 quarterback rating through the air, along with 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in his rookie season; pretty impressive to say the least.
Griffin amassed 20 touchdowns, 3,200 yards, and a 102.4 quarterback rating to accompany 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He joined QB Randall Cunningham (1990) as the only players in NFL history to surpass the 3,000-yard mark passing and rush for 800-plus yards.
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Today’s Week 9 matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers is upon us.
Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has been getting in a good workout today on the FedExField turf, and he also exchanged a few words with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — a rookie phenom himself just a year ago.
Also included in the video is tight end Chris Cooley getting in his route-running and catching drills prior to the game — his first home game since early last season.
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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is an NFL rookie. Redskins quarterback John Beck is in his fifth season in the league
Newton has already started more games this season than Beck has in his career.
Newton will have had six days to prepare for this start. Beck will have had 1,393 days, or approximately 199 weeks.
Newton has six weeks of game-tape for the Redskins defense to review, and Beck has 15 minutes at the end of the Eagles game.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera tried to downplay the situation during his Washington media conference call on Wednesday. Read more »
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