After the Carolina Panthers released veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, they were left without any experienced players at the position, and many were left wondering where they would find production to make up for Smith's departure.
One man who sympathizes with Newton is former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who went without a true No. 1 wideout for a large portion of his career.
McNabb spoke with David Newton of ESPN.com about the Panthers' current wide receiver situation, expressing his concern for Newton and the risks that he could be facing this season if the team doesn't work hard to add talent at the position.
“Oh, I would be worried,” McNabb said. “First of all, I didn’t have a top wide receiver until pretty much T.O. [Terrell Owens] got there.
“For him, I’m just wondering what they are doing to build around him? You lose Brandon LaFell, you lose Steve Smith, Ted Ginn [Jr.'s] gone. All you have at this point is Greg Olsen.”
The Panthers could target one of the top wide receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft with their first-round pick to become the team's No. 1, but he would still lack experience and many young wide receivers have had trouble transitioning to the pros. If Newton struggles without a top threat on the outside, the front office will deserve some heat as Newton receives criticism from fans and the media.