1. Cam Newton– It’s what we’ve been waiting for, the top spot to conclude the 2016 edition of The Daily Blitz’s ten best players list. When he was at Auburn, I saw how he was able to simply take games over and lead his team and in 2010, he led the Auburn Tigers to an undefeated record and a win in the national championship over Oregon. He was the Heisman winner. He was the first pick overall in the 2011 NFL draft and there were questions about what type of player he would be. He got to the playoffs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and we finally saw what we wanted to see last season after wondering for so many years. Cam Newton is the final guy making his debut on the list and comes in as my top rated player entering the 2016 season. Entering the 2015 season, your usual candidates were your MVP choices. Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson were all guys that were discussed, and for a good portion of the year, the award was gift wrapped and had a bow on top for Tom Brady until he started to struggle some. I also remember early on in the season, I bashed the Carolina Panthers and called them pretenders and even went on to say that your offense won’t do much if Ted Ginn, Jr is your number one receiver. I was silenced as were so many and Cam put together the best season of his career without Kelvin Benjamin who tore his ACL to miss the year. He had several MVP moments. The first one was facing Seattle in Seattle last season. They were down for a majority of the game and he picked the team up on his shoulders and torched the vaunted Seahawks secondary for 162 yards in the fourth quarter alone and led the Panthers to a big win in a hostile environment. Two weeks later, the Green Bay Packers came to town and Cam simply outplayed reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and got the win. Within a two week span, he led the Panthers to wins over both Seattle and Green Bay, two teams that were supposed to be the class of the NFC. In week 12 in New Orleans, the Panthers defense struggled throughout the game and once again, Cam came to the rescue and bailed his team out. He led them to a 15-1 record, the top seed in the NFC. He was able to elevate the play of guys like Ted Ginn, Corey Brown, Devin Funchess and that’s simply what an MVP does. He’s matured so much as a football player and has shown he’s more than capable of throwing the ball down the field and hitting his receivers in stride. At 6’5 and 245 pounds, Cam has become one of the best escape artists in the league and it takes more than one guy to bring him down. He’s also the size of some defensive players and even they’ve stated that it’s difficult to bring him down. He accounted for 45 touchdowns in 2015, (35 passing and 10 rushing). I said when he figured it all out, defenses would be in trouble and he’s figured it out. I’ve enjoyed watching him on the field. All the runs, the throws, the exuberance he plays with on the field, the confidence he wears and he plays as if he’s in his back yard. One thing that people had an issue with last year was how he danced after he scored and complaining won’t do anything, if you don’t like what he’s doing, don’t let him score, plain and simple. We saw what Cam Newton did without Kelvin Benjamin in 2015, it could be a scary sight as to what he can do with him in 2016.