Despite suffering a concussion against Atlanta on Oct. 2, Cam Newton refuses to stop running. The Carolina quarterback said that running is “forever my edge” in the NFL.
It’s hard to argue with that. Newton, 27, has rushed for 3,355 yards and 46 touchdowns in 5+ NFL seasons.
But is he being stubborn by saying he refuses to stop running, even in the face of injury? Or is he smart because it’s a unique and effective part of his game?
“I think it’s both,” CBS NFL analyst Adam Archuleta said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Let’s go back to the Super Bowl last year. He didn’t run a lot in that Super Bowl and you saw what Denver was able to do. They were able to just kind of pin their ears back, rush the passer and they just didn’t have him as a threat running the ball. Well, fast-forward to the opening game of the season and they ran hm like a running back 10, 15 times in that game. He took major shots. They had the Denver defense off-balance, but in the same token, he’s going to get hit.
“I don’t think you can have it both ways,” Archuleta continued. “It is a luxury to have a guy not only that big and that powerful and that fast who can run and throw the ball, but there’s a price to be paid. He can say that and by him running the football and playing his game the way he plays it, he will be more effective, but there’s no question that body is going to take abuse and it will catch up to him. I know he can take the abuse, but it will catch up to him. You’ve already seen it this season.”