Bucky Brooks Talks Steve Smith In Baltimore & “No Ceiling” On Cam Newton’s Talent
NFL Network Analyst Bucky Brooks spoke with “Bustin’ Loose” today to talk about Steve Smith’s move to the Baltimore Ravens & his take on the Carolina Panthers this upcoming season.
‘What you have is a case of a guy that’s still bitter,” says Brooks after Smith was released a few months ago by the Carolina Panthers organization.
“He’s still one of the greatest Panthers to ever play, he just has to come to grips with the fact that the organization elected to move forward without him being on the squad.”
Both Smith and new New England Patriot wide receiver Brandon LaFell have made comments recently saying their new teams work/practice harder than their former Panthers team, but Brooks figures that a lot of ex-players would say similar comments about their former team.
“The lessons you learn in the OTAs” pay off in the close 4th quarter games, and the Panthers seemed to have benefited from it last year.
Brooks feels like Cam Newton is on the cusp of being a current Top 10 quarterback in the NFL.
“I think he’s proven to be an outstanding playmaker, he’s improved tremendously as a game manager, his leadership skills are on par, I think we’ve seen him mature…, and I think now with Steve Smith being gone, he’s really going to take a hold of this franchise & really impress upon them that charismatic leadership that we saw at Auburn…and successful for a time to come.”
Listen to the full interview to get Bucky Brooks take on Byron Bell starting at LT, Cam Newton as a highly skilled playmaker, and the new group of wide receivers.