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RB Cameron Artis-Payne - Carolina Panthers

5-10, 212Born: 6-23-1992College: AuburnDrafted: Round 5

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Week 12: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. This running game is finally taking flight. The Panthers' committee of explosive runners offers differing flavors, but has produced 495 yards over the past 2 weeks after an exceptionally up-and-down start. They're getting production from Cam Newton (90.5 yards per game over that span) and Jonathan Stewart (110 in Week 11), but also from reserve Cameron Artis-Payne (68 and 1 touchdown against the Dolphins), who spells Stewart on running downs. The one least often invited to the ground game party has Christian McCaffrey, but that could be about to change. McCaffrey has averaged 4.45 yards per rush over this 2-week span, up a mile from his early-season mark of 2.39. He would've gathered more than five rushes last week had the game not blown wide open, and he could be woven in further going forward; there's been nowhere to go but up, at least in terms of rushing. The Jets field a generally weak run defense. They've posted 4 strong performances on the year, holding LeSean McCoy, Doug Martin, and Jay Ajayi (2 games) to averages of 2.17 yards per carry. But they've also been shredded by McCoy and a handful of other backs, highlighting their extreme inconsistency. The talented front line has underachieved at times, and linebackers Darron Lee and Demario Davis seem to alternate strong games with particularly bad ones. This isn't among the league's most targetable units, but it's one we can generally expect solid efficiency against - as well as the positive script that often comes from Jets games.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at TB 10 4 8 0 1 1 2 0 0 1
9 vs ATL 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3
10 vs MIA 12 7 68 1 0 0 0 0 0 12.8
12 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 0 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 0 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs MIA (7 / 68 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The third member of the Carolina backfield was able to get involved in the mauling of Miami, but most of his important touches came with the game well out of hand. However, he was able to get into the end zone on a well executed counter play. Artis-Payne has excellent feet at the line of scrimmage and is able, like backfield mate Christian McCaffrey, to stop and change direction with a suddenness that leaves defenders grabbing at air. His touchdown was an excellent example, as he delayed his burst until the gap appeared, before bursting up the middle. Artis-Payne finished the game with a fantastic gallop up the left sideline after once again showing sweet feet at the line of scrimmage in traffic.

2017 Week 8 vs TB (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

One of the most noteworthy developments of this game might have been the insertion of Cameron Artis-Payne into the line-up to shake up the backfield. There had been reports prior to kickoff that the former Auburn product might be handed an opportunity, and so it proved. Artis-Payne showed excellent burst on his first touch, an 11-yard scamper between the tackles to set the offense up near the goal line. Two more goal line runs were stopped short, and Jonathan Stewart would finish the drive with a touchdown. Artis-Payne was in and out of the lineup in the second half, but only touched the ball once more on a screen pass that was quickly corralled by Tampa Bay.


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