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'NFL Total Access' recap: Will Cam Newton succeed in 2013?

Did you miss Tuesday's edition of "NFL Total Access" on NFL Network? Catch up with this recap:

Is Cam Newton the answer in Carolina?

Warren Sapp and Shaun O'Hara think Newton can improve significantly if he gets help from his teammates, specifically his offensive linemen and running backs. Sapp noted how Newton has been sacked 71 times during his first two seasons, while O'Hara pointed out the dynamic quarterback led the Panthers in rushing in 2012.

Rapoport discusses rookies, Rolando McClain

Ian Rapoport discussed players who will not be able to participate in organized team activities before college graduation. Dion Jordan, Kyle Long, Desmond Trufant and Zach Ertz are some notable players who will not be participating with their respective teams.

Rapoport reported the Baltimore Ravens have not made a decision on the future of linebacker Rolando McClain after his recent arrest in Alabama. He said McClain's contract has no guaranteed money, so letting him walk would not cost the Ravens anything.

NFL's Career Development Symposium

Kimberly Jones, who joined the show from the NFL's Career Development Symposium, pointed out that 15 jobs for head coaches and general managers were filled this offseason, but none by African American candidates.

AFC West draft grades

Sapp graded the AFC West teams for their 2013 NFL Draft hauls.

Sapp thinks the Broncos' first-round pick, Sylvester Williams, will be a solid addition to the squad. Although the Raiders received a less-than-stellar grade, he thinks Oakland did a nice job of collecting depth. He also said cornerback D.J. Hayden will become a very good NFL player.

Both O'Hara and Willie McGinest think the Chiefs are the biggest threat to the Broncos in the AFC West. O'Hara said the Chiefs are this year's Indianapolis Colts, a team that could go from the No. 1 overall pick to making the playoffs.

Doug Free and the Dallas Cowboys

Rapoport said the Cowboys are asking Free to take a "substantial" pay cut. The Cowboys will not save any money on the cap whether they cut or keep Free, either move will cost $10 million against their salary cap. However, if the cut comes with a post-June 1 designation, the Cowboys can apply $5 million of the total toward next year's cap.

Are the Chargers better without Philip Rivers?

O'Hara and McGinest both think Philip Rivers will not bring the Chargers back to the playoffs. O'Hara said he fears for Rivers with King Dunlap at left tackle. He's also concerned with the quarterback's propensity to turn the football over -- 47 times in the past two seasons to be exact.

Sapp criticizes Cowboys

Sapp slammed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, saying quarterback Tony Romo will not live up to his new $108 million contract. Sapp was especially critical of Jones' recent comments about Romo needing to have the same type of worth ethic as Peyton Manning. Sapp makes the point that Romo has been the Cowboys quarterback for more than half a decade, but Jones only now is asking for this work ethic from the starter. Why has Jones not been demanding it for years?

Adam Schein on Cam Newton and Ron Rivera

Adam Schein talked about his article on in which he said Cam Newton and Ron Rivera were not the answers for the Carolina Panthers. Schein said Newton is not in the same group as Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. Schein wonders whether Newton is a winner or leader. He also said the Panthers should have fired Rivera after last season and brought in an innovative offensive mind. Schein said he is not convinced Newton is ever going to "get it."

Who's the best tight end in football?

O'Hara said the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski should be the top tight end on NFL Network's "The Top 100 Players of 2013" list, while Sapp went with the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham.

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