2. Newton is a former MVP
Football fans can say whatever they want about Newton as a quarterback in the NFL since there have certainly been numerous times in which he’s been frustrating to watch, but nothing can take away from the incredible 2015 season put together by the former No. 1 pick.
Even though the Panthers were embarrassed by the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, what Newton was able to accomplish during the regular season was incredible to witness, as he would go on to take home MVP honors down the road when the time came.
Not only did Newton play a major role in Carolina finishing with a 15-1 record, but the Panthers quarterback also threw for 35 touchdown passes compared to just 10 interceptions.
Take these numbers into consideration with the fact that Newton was effective with his legs as well after rushing for 636 yards with 10 touchdowns as well, it’s easy to understand why he was able to take home MVP honors this season.
As previously mentioned, Newton hasn’t exactly been playing on that same level over the last few seasons, but just the fact that he knows what it takes to win MVP says a lot about what the quarterback could bring to the table for the Rams in a backup role.