This wasn’t supposed to be a two-a-week feature here on Bucs Nation. But since we are here to address the latest rumors and topics, why not address yet another discussion of the chances another quarterback has at playing with the Buccaneers.
There’s been lots of talk about what is going to happen between quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. And after reports have the veteran set to pass his physical, there is still a growing sense that Newton won’t be in Carolina this season.
SB Nation put together a piece listing potential landing spots for the veteran signal caller. Of the five places they have listed, Tampa Bay is third on the list.
Writer Christian D’Andrea had this to say about why he lists the Bucs as a potential place for Newton to play, labeling it as the best place to prove Newton can be a deep-ball passer.
Evans has gained at least 1,000 yards in each season of his career. Over the last two years, his average target came more than 15 yards downfield. Godwin had more receiving yards than all but two other players in 2019 and has recorded just four drops in his three seasons. If Newton wants two players who can help him shine as a pocket passer, Tampa’s the place to go.
So we ask...
Can it happen?
I mean, I guess it can. Newton brings a veteran feel to the field and one that has been to the postseason and Super Bowl. He was the 2015 MVP as well as a three-time Pro Bowler and voted All-Pro by his peers. Speaking of his fellow NFLers, Newton has also been named as a one of the Top 100 players in the league each season since 2012 posting no lower than No. 87 and voted as high as the No. 1 player in the league (2016).
Newton bring an element not many quarterbacks have and that is the ability to run with the football. Yes, that has diminished in recent years. But the threat is still there, which is a threat opposing defenses have to account for.
His style of play would more than likely be one Bruce Arians and his staff would entertain as a potential candidate if he does hit the open market. The Bucs offense would be able to get a bit more creative with more plays that lean heavily on the option.
Why won’t it happen?
Newton has been injury prone and has missed 16 games the last two seasons. This could not only pose a problem for the Buccaneers, but any other team that leads heavily on a quarterback’s success.
Inconsistency is a killer. Cam Newton has not been able to replicate is 2015 MVP form. His completion percentage is 27th among active quarterbacks in the league. If Jameis Winston’s inconsistent play is a problem, surely Newton’s issues are far more worrisome especially at his age.
Newton may have already peaked. He will be 31 by the time training camp rolls around and his body is beginning to really wear down. There are too many risks with electing to go with a veteran that has lost his durability throughout the years.
What’s the end game?
Unlike a potential interest in Teddy Bridgewater, I don’t see the team even considering Newton. Not that the team doesn’t consider him to have achieved some things throughout his career, but when it comes to Newton I’d be comfortable saying the Bucs would stick with Winston without hesitation.
The former Auburn product wouldn’t bring much more to the table that Winston already does. Winston’s durability has already been tested and has proven to be reliable from that aspect.
Newton shouldn’t be an option for Arians and his staff.