John Gruden met Cam Newton in 2011 as part of his QB Camp series for ESPN, which is a timely visit to the Gruden Las Vegas Raiders against Newton and the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium (CBS, 1:00 PM ET ).
“I haven’t seen many boys walk through my doors that look like Kam. I call him ‘Slam.’ Slam Newton. That was the nickname I gave him. He’s a strong forward, playing quarterback,” Gruden told Patriots reporters. conference call time.
Now Gruden’s raiders have to slow the 6-foot, 245-pound Newton 2-0, who was a double threat at the Patriots’ 1-1 start. Newton is 45-of-63 for 552 yards, with one touchdown and one interception while adding 1
“Cam looks like the usual Cam. He’s a threat to do a lot of different things,” said Gruden, whose team won an impressive 34-24 home win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
“It’s a difficult operation. It’s always when you play against the Newton and the New England Patriots, and now that they’ve joined forces, it’s a double nuisance for every defensive staff, every coach and every team that goes in there.”
Grudon said he was happy to see Newton healthy again after shoulder and leg injuries, given his style of play.
“They play power plays on the left when they take people with their right shoulder. [Then] he gets up and throws a bullet across the field. I don’t know how he does it. … I think it’s amazing, “he said.