Scouts tell YouWager that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is doing all the right things in the offseason. He’s saying all of the right things, too. According to reports from Carolina’s training facility, Newton has also lost about 12 pounds. As the Panthers change over to Mike Shula as their offensive coordinator, Newton appears to be preparing himself for a leadership role on his team.

This is a subject Newton is willing to discuss openly. He told YouWager’s source, “I recognize – and everyone knows around the league – when you’re a team captain that’s not just a patch on the jersey. You’re holding yourself to a higher standard with being accountable. I’m going about it each and every day and trying to make that happen.”

Newton admitted that he knows he has to earn the respect of his teammates. “Team captain is solely based off of your peers. I’m going about it each and every day, trying to do my part to prove not only to my team, but first myself, that’s a big responsibility on the field and off the field,” Newton told YouWager’s source.

Previously, Carolina has employed two captains on their offense, left tackle Jordan Gross and wide receiver Steve Smith. Many football clubs often chose their quarterback for one of these positions. Newton is campaigning for the votes from his fellow players. Many sportsbook bettors remember how much better Newton played in the second half of the 2012 NFL football wagering season.

Will that be enough to impress his teammates?

Many of YouWager’s NFL football bettors say they will be interested to see how strong the Heisman Trophy winner looks at the beginning of the 2013 season.

Serious football wagering enthusiasts know that in his first season at Auburn, Newton led the Tigers to an incredible 13-0 season and the 2010 National Championship. After Newton was drafted as the first overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft, he became one of only three players to ever be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and be first overall in the NFL Draft in a one year period. And when Newton began to play in the NFL, he became the first player in the history of the league to make five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns in his first five games.

It may take a little longer for Newton to realize his ambition.

Carolina’s center, Ryan Kalil, explained it to YouWager’s source this way: “You’ve got to look at the team as a whole. I just think there’s guys who have been with the organization a lot longer that have been in that role for a long time. So it’s hard. There’s only two of them. I would say there’s a couple other guys that would be in that mix. But it’ll be a while before it transitions to somebody else.”