Auburn had a pretty nice weekend in the NFL, with a couple of solid headliners in Cam Newton (who’s totally back, by the way) and Carl Lawson (who didn’t lose any more teeth).
Yes, Cam had a tasteless remark in a press conference last week, and yes, it turned into a big kerfuffle, but that had nothing to do with his play on the field, and he vindicated himself in that regard from a couple of poor performances earlier in the season.
So, we start with him and the rest of the Carolina Panthers, as they visited Detroit for their second straight road game.
Look at this... Cam’s completion percentage in each game so far this season, from Week 1 to Week 5 in order.
56%, 63%, 65%, 76%, 79%. That’s a remarkable climb. That’s unbelievable. His game against Detroit was one of the most efficient performances all season as well with a 141.8 rating. He threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns on 26-33 passing, with no interceptions. Boom.
Another guy that’s been making a professional name for himself is Carl Lawson. We knew about Lawson’s talent from pretty much day one, but his durability was always the question. Now that he has proper teeth protection, he’ll be unstoppable.
He’s drawing the eye of many around the league as well.
Oh, I wrote about him today, in case you didn't know. https://t.co/k6xM4XGNUn— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 8, 2017
That’s because he’s one of the most consistent defensive ends in the league already.
The most productive edge defenders on a per-snap basis pic.twitter.com/kSAYzNczxd— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 9, 2017
Other guys that made an impact for their squads on Sunday included Neiko Thorpe, who recovered a fumble for Seattle as they beat the Rams. Cody Parkey got into the action for Miami as they beat Tennessee, making a field goal, but missing an extra point. Karlos Dansby, still ageless, made six tackles for Arizona as they got thumped by Philadelphia. And two former Auburn receiving threats had nice outings — Ricardo Louis caught five passes for 71 yards as the Browns lost to the Jets, and CJ Uzomah got his first start and caught a 21-yard reception for the Bengals in their win over the Bills.