LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 09: Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass during the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Amongst all of the negative reports about Cam Newton involving everything but his athletic ability and his potential, the positive articles about Newton seem few and far between. However, this week, we came across some reports that Marvin Lewis really liked Newton and discovered during Newton's visit in Cincinnati that Newton has "it." Unfortunately, I have no clue what "it" is, but "it" must have impressed Lewis. Or did "it"?
I discussed the possibility of Lewis' comments about Newton being a smokescreen to keep the Bengals' true draft motives a secret. James Walker, however, debunked that theory, saying that the Bengals are legitimately interested in the Heisman winner and it seems now that Jon Gruden, the older brother of Bengals new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, is on the Cam Newton train as well.
"I think Cam Newton’s the best player in the country," Gruden told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. "I agree with the Heisman Trophy people that gave him the award. He’s got everything I’m looking for."
If the brothers are as alike as many claim them to be, Jay Gruden may feel the same way about Newton and that combined with Lewis' feelings about the Auburn quarterback could equate to Newton leading the Bengals offense down the field in 2011.
Now that the draft is only a couple of weeks away, there seems to be a semi-clear picture of Cam Newton being selected fourth overall by the Bengals. So what we're seeing is the slow and steady build up to Newton coming to Cincinnati or we're seeing the biggest smokescreen in the history of the NFL.
Which is it?