CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Quarterback Cam Newton says if Carolina Panthers are to be successful this season their running backs need to be more involved in the offense.
Newton says that means a concerted effort to get the backs involved early in games and "let those guys do what they do."
The Panthers once invested nearly $80 million in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and brought in free agent Mike Tolbert last season. Yet, it was Newton who led the team in rushing with 741 yards in 2012.
Carolina's backs were an afterthought at times last season under ex-offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, touching the ball on only 38 percent of offensive plays.
Newton says "for us to be successful, we have to run the football. We will run the football."