Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may be a signal-caller, but he’s built like a linebacker, so he can really lower the boom if given the opportunity.
Newton is listed at 245 pounds, and stands six-foot-five, which is why he’s so difficult to bring down, especially once he gets his legs churning.
He doesn’t shy away from contact, either, so when he got the chance to lay a big block on a Giants player during Sunday’s game, he relished the opportunity. It happened in the first quarter, when the Panthers ran an end-around. Newton handed the ball off to running back Christian McCaffrey, who flipped it to wide receiver D.J. Moore. Newton then helped spring his teammate by flattening Giants linebacker Kareem Martin with a well-executed block.
Martin weighs 265 pounds, so it certainly isn’t easy to send him to the ground like Newton did, but the Panthers quarterback knows how to use his size to impose his will on opponents.