Falcons to Carolina’s Cam Newton: ‘Bring it on!’

Former Auburn quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton appears headed to Carolina. (Associated Press)

Former Auburn quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton appears headed to Carolina. (Associated Press)

UNOFFICIAL MINICAMPVILLE –  In the modern NFL, a player drafted in the top 10 is expected to play.

(NOTE FROM DOL:  Well, they didn’t actually say “Bring it On!” I just liked the movie and wanted to post the picture of Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union in each other’s face.)Bring it on

Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford have changed that dynamic for quarterbacks.

The owners feel that they are paying hefty rookie salaries, so it’s incumbent on the coaches to get the young

quarterbacks ready to play.

You have to give a lot of credit to former Falcons quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave and offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey for Ryan’s speedy development.

So, it will be interesting to see how Carolina handles Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft from Auburn and Westlake High. Musgrave, now the offensive coordinator in Minnesota, will try to get former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder ready to play.

Some of the Falcons defenders had some thoughts on Newton and they shared their plans to “welcome” him to the NFC South.

“Everybody has to prove their worth in this league,” free safety Thomas DeCoud said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re the first pick or if you’re Mr. Irrelevant, you have to prove yourself in this league and make your own name.”

Linebacker Mike Peterson, who is helping to lead the Falcons’ minicamp drills despite the fact that he’s not under contract, has his own view of rookies.

“I love it,” Peterson said. “He’s still a rookie to me. It doesn’t matter what you did in college. When he gets to Carolina, all of the guys are going to tell him to forget what he did in college. Just wash that away because it doesn’t mean [anything] here in this league.”

Starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton had both of his knees scoped this offseason. He moved around well at the minicamp practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton had both of his knees scoped this offseason. He moved around well at the minicamp practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, who’s recovering from two offseason knee surgeries, believes the lockout will definitely stunt Newton’s development. He was able to start as a rookie after going through the offseason program.

“Cam Newton is a very athletic quarterback,” Lofton said. “It doesn’t bode very well for him, not being able to go through OTAs and these minicamps and stuff. It’s a lot and they are going to have to cut the playbook down. As a defensive guy, I kind of enjoy that. It kind of gives us the advantage. But he’s going to bring a lot of athleticism to Carolina’s offense.”

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon opened last season as a starter after being selected 19th overall in the first round. He benefitted from the team’s minicamp and OTAs last offseason.

“We know that guy is elusive and can make a ton of plays,” Weatherspoon said. “I look forward to playing against him. I think competitors always want to play against the best.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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128 comments Add your comment

RE Damage Inc.

May 11th, 2011
9:44 am

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Put my balls in SeenthisB4's mouth

May 11th, 2011
9:44 am

DawginLex

May 11th, 2011
9:45 am

Still looking for the words “Bring it on” from one of the Falcons.

Must have overlooked it.

Looks to me like they said we respect him but he is still a rookie and the lockout will hurt him because of not being able to learn the playbook.

Oh well, I guess it is the same as calling UGA the Iowa of the SEC and then using Ohio state as your argument for why you did it.

At least you’re consistent.

Hey D led

May 11th, 2011
9:45 am

Any news on Julio’s foot?

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & TIred

May 11th, 2011
9:46 am

I will definitely make the drive up to Charlotte this year to see the Falcons play the Panthers (if there is an NFL season!!!!). Hopefully the defense will have a record day sacking Cam Newton.

RE DawginLex

May 11th, 2011
9:51 am

Get over UGA football. SECOND TIER SCHOOL! Always has….always will be. You better start worring about Boise.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
9:52 am

Well, they actually didn’t say “Bring it On!” I just liked the movie and wanted to post the picture of Kristen Dunst and Gabrielle Union in each other’s face.

Falcons Will Win

May 11th, 2011
9:52 am

Here’s to and end to the labor inpasse.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
9:57 am

Hey D Led — Nothing new. He’s got a screw in there to fuse the stress fracture together. It was supposed to be a two month rehab and well, two months is up. He’s being extra cautious and with the lockout and all you really can’t blame him for that.

DawginLex

May 11th, 2011
9:58 am

I am worried about boise. I am also worried about Tampa’s d-line. The draft was scary.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
9:59 am

DawginLex — You should be happen with Iowa. Nobody has called them the Northwestern of Indiana of the SEC. Now, that would be disrespectful. Iowa fits.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
10:02 am

DawginLex — Y’all just have to win a lot more titles (SEC and National). Stop losing occasionally to Kentucky. Until then, Iowa fits. Coolest Mascot, though. Just some real talk.

TD has No clue

May 11th, 2011
10:02 am

TD is always drafting injured players.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
10:03 am

DawginLex — If you were a SuperPower, you wouldn’t be worried about Boise.

DawginLex

May 11th, 2011
10:05 am

I think UGA wins the game. But I also think the Falcons are better than the Saints.

I can multitask……………

$3.33 per month InSider

May 11th, 2011
10:07 am

Know it all Mel Kiper Jr.
said Carolina had the two best QB’s in the NFL.
What a bozo.

jim

May 11th, 2011
10:16 am

South Carolina has CAM NEWTON–Oh dear–we are so screwed!!! TOTALLY.

SimpleDawg

May 11th, 2011
10:17 am

I think the Pudthers are going to have to dumb down the playbook so much for Scam that every defense they play will know more about the play than Scam will. Their best bet is to have one play he can remember, and just run that play over and over again.

Scamson is a beast, no doubt, but at some point he is going to have to think and process information on the field. That will be the real challenge.

I still think it will be like trying to teach a pig French…..what’s the use?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
10:21 am

$3.33 per monthInSider — Wow! (I think that’s crazy, but I can’t bring myself to call Mel a bozo! He kicks out too much intel to the media.)

GStateBen

May 11th, 2011
10:21 am

Great point made by Curtis Lofton and basically one that the Carolina head coaching staff and GM will use as an excuse for the next 24 months, “Well, because of the lockout in 2011, Cam couldn’t get into the OTAs and get his playbook, that’s why he’s not progressing at the rate other QBs are.”

By the time Cam is ready to contribute, both the GM and the entire coaching staff will be fired. Good luck to him but Carolina is a dumpster fire.

JB

May 11th, 2011
10:22 am

I hear some of the Carolina players are trying to borrow some of that Auburn money from him.

please

May 11th, 2011
10:22 am

Bring it on? Good grief. Okay you wanted an excuse to post a pic (not sure why) but the headline should make reality.

Ryan Leaf

May 11th, 2011
10:23 am

Cam newton is far worse than me & JaMarcus combined.

GStateBen

May 11th, 2011
10:25 am

Best quote about Mel Kiper, Jr. came from one of the best OL minds in the country, Rick Trickett of Florida State:

I really can’t stand that NFL guy, what’s his name? Mel, yeah Mel Kiper Jr. He knows about as much about football as a Japanese space pilot.”

JB

May 11th, 2011
10:27 am

I really don’t understand the concept of the players wanting the owners to “divy” up the money, already making more than 99% of Americans. I understand the short career part, but I hope they studied in college( LMAO) and can become a productive part of society with a nice nest egg and job when they quit ball. Demanding more of the “profits” is insane.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
10:30 am

please — I liked the movie and well, Dunst and Union were wonderful cheerleaders in this under-appreciated movie.

Awl Inn

May 11th, 2011
10:32 am

I’d expect Newton to come to camp disgruntled with his salary.

Carolina won’t be able to pay him what Auburn did.

JB

May 11th, 2011
10:36 am

The reality for the players is almost all of these owners can go about their merry life, being very rich……While most players, who have gone through their money, living above their means( who needs 4 cars worth 350K)will be desperate not to go broke and end up working on a Landscaping crew for $12 an hour. Not all mind you, but A lotttttttttttttttttttt of them. In checkers, the owners would say, King Me !!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 11th, 2011
10:39 am

Awl Inn — So he has to take a pay cut? They said that about the Fab Five, too.

Burdell90

May 11th, 2011
10:39 am

DawginLex…if you would read the article, you would see that DOL said that

“they didn’t actually say “Bring it On!” I just liked the movie and wanted to post the picture of Kristen Dunst and Gabrielle Union in each other’s face.)”

Typical dumba** redneck!

JB

May 11th, 2011
10:40 am

OR…………..He who has the Gold rules.

McDawg

May 11th, 2011
10:54 am

i think Cam will look great in Baby Blue

Rikus

May 11th, 2011
10:58 am

Burdell90 – DOL edited the article, after posting, to make that correction.

hiramsaint

May 11th, 2011
11:10 am

y’all are gonna look awful silly when cam scores 3 td’s against your ancient and non-upgraded D and does them all on the ground

dean

May 11th, 2011
11:29 am

Geez I miss Claude Humphrey and Tommy Nobis and their Welcome to the NFL hits.

hiramsaint licked my sac

May 11th, 2011
11:32 am

Saints will lose 8 games this year.

Mike Jay

May 11th, 2011
11:35 am

DOL said “DawginLex — If you were a SuperPower, you wouldn’t be worried about Boise.”

Stick to the NFL. Boise might not play in a big boy conference but they have lost only 2 games in the last 4 years and have played some good teams out of conference and in bowl games. They should make any team that has to play them worry.

Wayne

May 11th, 2011
11:41 am

Watch the first half of Auburn vs Alabama game and that will sum up Scam’s entire NFL career….He was shut down and beat up and that was against a defense with 9 freshmen that were playing high school ball the year before…This is going to be soooo much fun to watch

falCants4ever

May 11th, 2011
11:56 am

i don’t look for the panthers to be a factor in the NFC South this year..i’d love to see the falcants beat up on Scam..i may be wrong, but i don’t think his MENTAL ability ranks with his PHYSICAL ability…i think it’s gonna be pressure on the rest of the panthers offense to ‘re-learn’ their playbook…they’ll all have the forearm note pads on…all Scam will say is the ‘number of the play’ and and the rest of the offense will have to look up the formation set, the reads, the routes and the snap count…gonna be too much for Scam to remember….falcants…

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (take painkillers) B4

May 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

Da Saynts r going two win 15 games and too dat win da title

Mike Jay

May 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

Wayne,

Really? One bad half of football equates to an entire pro career? I also like how you left out the comeback in the second half. You know the one that Cam orchestrated that was the largest comeback ever allowed by the Crimson Tide.

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (take painkillers) B4

May 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

and all you ATL posters–stop bringing up how Pete Carrol’s team and their fifth string running back dismantled the Saints in the playoffs! Geux Saints! Our Time! Except for that Seattle game. or the Cleveland game earlier in the season (when I went away and didn’t post here for a while).

eM

May 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

05/11/2011 11:35 AM SF 3678 SF See File : called atty and he and his wife signed tuesday and should be filed soon. (most likely they have not fully paid the fees), Follow-up Date: 05/13/2011

Keep posting hiramaint…..the more you do, the more your low i.q. screams “HE’S STUPID!!!!”

falCants4ever

May 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

ok…then explain how Matty Melt can’t throw a 10 yrd out without stareing down his receiver…those that watch him every sunday knew that was coming…i’m glad for directy and the nfl package…i don’t have to watch the falcants…julio jones better learn short routes because anything Matty Melt throws over 20yds ‘floats’…falcants…

Jimmy Crack

May 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

DOL, you have a great blog, too bad you got trolls like STB4. It keeps most folks from participating in your discussions. Love your stuff, though. Too bad.

Mike Jay

May 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

Falcants4ever,

If that were true then you explain how he was able to throw 28 TDs to only 9 INT’s? Either he is the luckiest man alive or you have no idea what you are talking about. That is a 1.6% INT ratio. Stats don’t lie, only stupid posters.

wdwj

May 11th, 2011
12:24 pm

Why we even talking about Cam…Hell the Falcons are #1

falCants4ever

May 11th, 2011
12:26 pm

ok, Mike…where did that get the falcants?…13-3, number one seed…BLOWN out in first round…50,000 seat stadium empties out at half time…only fans left are Packers’ fans…how about those STATS?…..falcants

falCants4ever

May 11th, 2011
12:28 pm

ok, second round…first round bye…they didn’t lose that one….falcants

Mike Jay

May 11th, 2011
12:34 pm

To 13-3, why yes it did.
You mean the loss to the SuperBowl champs lead by the hottest QB in the NFL? The same team that also destroyed a much better Steelers defense in the SuperBowl? Did Matt Ryan play defense that game? I can’t remember? I’ll give you that he threw 2 picks but he was sacked 5 times and still managed a 69% completion rate. 1 int was because Jenkins slipped.

Nice misdirection and way to avoid the question I posed to you. Why can’t there ever be an intelligent troll worth my time?