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to become the starter in NFL Week 1 Odds - Some rookie quarterbacks take to the rigors of the NFL with aplomb while others need time to adjust. It's unclear right now into which of those two groups Carolina Panthers draftee Cam Newton should be placed, but one of the former NFL QBs with whom he's working this offseason is bullish on his prospects in Season One. Sports Picks
Prior to the draft, there was concern on Newton, given the perceived simplicity of Auburn's play-calling, as illustrated on Newton's episode of "Jon Gruden's QB Camp." Weinke dismisses these notions.
"This guy wants it bad," Chris Weinke said, according to Jim Corbett of USA Today. "If he continues to work and stay focused the way he is right now, there's no reason he can't go in as the starter Day 1."
It's generally believed that the length of the lockout will drive decisions on the immediate future of Newton and the other rookie QBs; if teams can get in some sort of mini-camp and training camp this summer, those chances rise. Obviously, the competition between Newton and Jimmy Clausen will be one of the most-watched position battles leading into Week 1. NFL Week 1 Odds
Panthers +3 underdogs to Cardinals.