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2023 NFL draft prospect draws early Cam Newton comparisons


Most, if not all, comparisons ever made to Carolina Panthers great Cam Newton have been, uh, not good. And that’s not necessarily because Newton is best or worse than the players who’ve drawn such connections—it’s just that his combination of physical traits, skill, natural talent and playing style is really unique.

Well, we may now finally have ourselves comparison.

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Should you’re not familiar already, allow us to introduce you to Anthony Richardson—a 6-foot-4, 232-pound quarterback for the University of Florida. Like Newton, Richardson possesses an eye-opening mixture of size, athleticism and strength—gifts he uses as a big-time thrower and a dominant rusher.

Ahead of the 2022 season opener yesterday, Richardson received praise from his opponent in Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham, and he knew exactly what he was coping with.

“You might have to account for the QB within the run game each down,” Whittingham said back on Monday. “The guy reportedly has 4.3 speed. At that size, it’s incredible. It’s Cam Newton-ish kind of numbers together with his physical stature and his ability to run. That’s something that the defensive staff is well aware of and that’s gotta be taken into consideration in virtually all the pieces you do.”

And, unfortunately for Whittingham and his Utes, he was right . . .

Anthony Richardson, 6’4”/232

Nearing halftime: 74y rushing/2 TD. 10/13 passing, 101y


— John Ellis (@1PantherPlace) September 4, 2022

Something special here from Anthony Richardson on the 2pt Conv.


— John Ellis (@1PantherPlace) September 4, 2022

Richardson led the Gators to a 29-26 upset victory on Saturday, completing 17 of his 24 throws for 168 yards while rushing for a team-high 106 yards and three touchdowns on 11 attempts. The 2023 draft prospect also notched up plenty of latest Newton comparisons.

Anthony Richardson is legit doing a Cam Newton impression tonight

— Trey Scott (@TreyScott247) September 4, 2022

#Florida looks like they finally have Cam Newton in pads (Anthony Richardson) but he’s also dressed as Tim Tebow (wearing #15). SEC shall be that way more fun whether it is for real. #UUvsUF

— Greg Vorse TV (@GregVorse) September 4, 2022

Dan Mullen could’ve given Anthony Richardson the reps and he should still be coaching UF. Go along with a special talent over experience each time. The guy may very well be the Cam Newton of his day or higher. Who knows? What a debut. https://t.co/rlGMLRH7jM

— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 4, 2022

Anthony Richardson is a genetically modified Cam Newton.

Only explanation. pic.twitter.com/Shzc3lTpwa

— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) September 4, 2022

Interestingly enough, the Panthers will very likely be available in the market for a quarterback in 2023—even with Baker Mayfield easily earning the starting job this 12 months.

Hmmm . . .

Projecting the Panthers’ depth chart following roster updates

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