08:02 AM ET 12.28 | Cam Newton suffered some harsh personal assessments in the run-up to the 2011 NFL draft. Fake smile. Selfish. The next JaMarcus Russell. The slighting of Cam Newton going into the N.F.L. draft last April was anything but slight. ... But the Panthers say Newton's work habits, which were questioned before the draft, help explain why he has put up such impressive statistics. Despite missing off-season training and minicamps because of the lockout, Newton has spent countless hours in film sessions preparing for each game, coaches and teammates say. [Said Derek Anderson:] "I think the whole entire thing stems from his want-to and his ability to work and study."