Cam Newton: There’s only one elite quarterback in the NFL

Former NFL quarterback Cam Newton made sure to tell Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud that he may have had the finest rookie season ever in a recent interview.

All About C.J. Stroud, the Quarterback Drafted by the Houston Texans in 2023

In the 2023 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans were extremely fortunate to select C.J. Stroud, the Offensive Rookie of the Year, with the second overall pick, and Will Anderson Jr., the Defensive Rookie of the Year, with the third overall pick.

Although Stroud’s first season stood out among the others, both players had fantastic ones.

Additionally, Stroud received acclaim from NFL veteran Cam Newton for what was perhaps the best rookie season in history during a recent guest appearance on his podcast, The 4th and 1 Show.

Newton remarked, “I don’t know anybody that really had a better rookie campaign than you.”

In fact, it’s difficult to find a more impressive rookie campaign than Stroud’s. With only five interceptions in 15 games, Stroud passed for 4,108 yards and 23 touchdowns while also leading a 3-13-1 squad to an AFC South title and a postseason victory.

As modest as ever, Stroud chimed in, saying that Newton had a terrific rookie campaign as well. To be fair, he achieved exactly that, rushing for 706 yards and 14 more touchdowns and throwing for 4,051 yards and 21 touchdowns. But the Panthers’ record that season was only 6-10.

Newton, though, answered back right away, outlining what made Stroud’s 2011 season so exceptional and why it outperformed his own for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Newton stated, “We didn’t win, and we didn’t make it to the playoffs. “You were standing on business when you won and you made it seem seductive. It was more about you beating the odds than it was about your performance. The market you entered wasn’t positioned for you to succeed as it was.

In order to maximize Stroud’s potential, the Texans will want to build on that success in the upcoming summer by trying to add some more aid at the skill positions.

Stroud’s second campaign might be even more successful than his first if they can get that off.

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