"Our main goal now is to become the No. 1 offense in the league," Newton told ESPN.com. "And I'm not just blowing smoke when I said that."
The Panthers ranked 16th in the NFL in total offense last season with 346.6 yards a game despite an injury-plagued offensive line and a completely rebuilt wide receiving corps.
Newton missed two starts, the opener with fractured ribs and a December game with broken bones in his lower back suffered in a car crash. He also was limited as a runner in the first five-and-a-half games after undergoing offseason ankle surgery.
But Newton believes he understands the game better than ever. Because of upgrades at wide receiver and on the offensive line, the potential is there to be No. 1.
"We have endless potential, but that hasn't done anything for anybody in this league," Newton said.
The story went on to say since arriving at Carolina as the first pick of the 2011 draft, the Panthers have been ranked no higher than seventh in total offense. That was during Newton's rookie season. Carolina ranked 26th in 2013 when it went 12-4 and Newton went to the Pro Bowl. The story went on to say Newton showed his improved knowledge of the game with a play coach Ron Rivera noted after Friday night's practice. The fifth-year player suckered the defense in, then ran a naked bootleg and went over the top with a deep pass to Jerricho Cotchery. There are a lot of impressive offenses in the league, but with improvement at the WR position, a very good TE in Greg Olsen and Jonathan Stewart at RB, the potential is certainly there to at least finish among the leaders in overall offense.