Cam Newton has redemption on his mind.
The Carolina Panthers passer slumped to his worst season as a pro in 2016, one year after taking the Panthers to the brink of a Super Bowl title.
Speaking to the media Thursday, Newton referenced being in a different mindset this year.
“I took last year personally. I knew something had to change. I wanted people to see this was going to be a different year,” Newton told reporters.
Newton added that he realized the change has to start with him.
“For my career, I can’t let (what happened last year) happen again. Ever.”
The Panthers have spoken about needing to evolve their offense, which was too dependent on Newton’s skills as a runner lat year. They backed up that talk by adding Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, both hybrid receiver-runners who are deadly in the short passing game.
Newton seemed on board with the talk of evolution, but didn’t sound like he’s interested in running less.
“That’s my edge,” he said. “You going to expect a lion not to roar?”
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