Broncos sing praises of Newton


The Denver Broncos are well aware of the challenges Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton presents ahead of Super Bowl 50.

Broncos defenders praised Newton on Monday, less than a week out from the showpiece game at Levi's Stadium.

Newton will likely be the MVP after leading the Panthers to a 17-1 record as the NFL's highest-scoring team.

He threw for 3,837 yards with 35 touchdowns and ran for 636 yards and 10 scores during the regular season.

"He's the best player they have. He might be the best player in the league," Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller said.

"Cam is a super tough player to take down, he controls that whole offence. As Cam goes, that offence goes."

The Broncos had the NFL's number one defence and led the league in sacks.

While Newton was sacked 33 times during the regular season, the Broncos know bringing him down on Sunday will not be easy.

"If I sack him, that counts as two because he's just that hard to take down," Broncos pass rusher DeMarcus Ware said. "He's a phenomenal player.

"He's as big as me. He's a beast."

Even Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning lauded Newton, saying the 26-year-old's "passion and enthusiasm for the game are great".

"There's no doubt in my mind he's going to be the MVP," Manning said.

"What he's done in a short time as an NFL quarterback, he's been awesome. He's been a great passer, a great runner, a great leader. You don't go 17-1 as a starting quarterback without being awesome."