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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 248Born: 5-10-1989College: AuburnDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Newton wasn't really challenged by the Bucs defense this one and still put up a solid QB1 game. Everything is just peachy with the shorthanded Panthers offense heading into the bye.

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at JAX 71 18 31 175 1 1 14 35 0 0 15.25
2 vs HOU 78 18 37 195 2 1 10 76 1 0 30.35
3 vs NO 66 20 31 315 2 0 7 33 1 0 33.05
4 at TB 58 11 22 124 2 0 12 51 0 1 18.3

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs TB (11 / 22 / 124 / 2 / 0 pass, 12 / 51 / 0 rush)

It was yet another quietly efficient performance from Cam Newton despite erratic weather in Tampa. The fifth-year quarterback continues to exude a level of confidence and poise that until this season has been the exception rather than the rule. After an early defensive touchdown set the Panthers up with a 10-0 lead, Newton made good decisions with the football and in the pocket, keeping his team in manageable down and distance situations. Incorporating designed rushes with play action passes off zone read principles, Newton settled into the game quickly. Showing good command at the line of scrimmage, Newton was able to decipher late shifts in the Tampa Bay defense, something he took advantage of for his first of two touchdown passes to Ted Ginn Jr. Spotting the cornerback to Ginn's side playing off man coverage with a five-yard cushion near the goal line, Newton took the snap and without hesitation fired a quick out to Ginn, who toe-tapped for the score. The pass was another example of the improved decision-making and poise shown by Newton this season. With the game under control heading into the third quarter, Newton fell foul of the wet conditions, fumbling the football on a straightforward exchange with Jonathan Stewart. It caromed into the right flat off another Panther limb and was recovered by Tampa Bay; fortunately for Carolina and Newton, it resulted in no points. Using that near-miss as a platform to take the game by the scruff of the neck, Newton led a methodical drive, culminating in his second touchdown pass. Set up in the red zone, Newton found Ginn on a shallow crossing route, with the underneath Tampa Bay defender completely losing track on the speedy receiver. The ball was delivered perfectly in stride for Ginn to finish off. Newton avoided near disaster on the preceding play, however, tossing a pass late to the right which was telegraphed by Bucs linebacker Lavonte David. David's attempt at the interception was unsuccessful as the ball somehow came loose and hit off his knee, sparing Newton's blushes. Newton showed a controlled aggression even with the game well in hand and could have added another touchdown to Devin Funchess, only for the rookie to drop the football on a simple slant pattern in the end zone. Newton has taken his game to a new level through four games, showing a level of on-field maturity and wisdom that will keep this offense ticking over despite the dearth of weapons available.

2015 Week 3 vs NO (20 / 31 / 315 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 33 / 1 rush)

In a performance indicative of the steady progress he has made since entering the league, Cam Newton hardly put a foot wrong against a Saints defense that offered little resistance. Newton was in full command at the line of scrimmage, checking into more favorable plays and protections. Afforded outstanding protection from his offensive line, Newton got comfortable quickly and began picking his targets with precision. A beautiful seam pass was the pick of his early throws, the football landing exactly where it needed to be for Greg Olsen to make a one-handed snag. Continuing to use the zone read option to create more defined reads in the passing attack, Newton peppered his receivers and relied on his arm rather than his legs to power the Panthers offense. Newton did, however, produce one incredible scramble for a first down. Under pressure against a four-man rush, Newton faded back into the pocket and tried to buy time to throw downfield. Seeing that no one was open, he made a swift juke move on a defender and bullied his way forward to the sticks. The connection and chemistry with Olsen was back in full swing, with Newton finding his favorite target time and again against a hapless Saints defense that seemed to have no answers. After having a touchdown pass taken off the board only two plays earlier for offensive pass interference, Newton found Olsen with a bullet pass on the goal line. The football was thrown low and away from the three defenders in the vicinity, and Olsen's strong hands reeled it in. Going back to the well for his second touchdown, Newton and Olsen connected on an almost identical route and pass. Newton faked the inside give on the zone read before Olsen found some room between two Saints defenders, posted up on the goal line with his back to the defense. Newton duly obliged with a perfectly placed ball. The icing on the cake for Newton came in the fourth quarter. Set up in the red zone, Newton audibled to a naked bootleg keeper. Faking a run behind the right guard, Newton pulled the ball and coasted into the end zone, keeping the pursuing defenders honest with a pump fake. It was a game unblemished by the usual inconsistencies from Newton, who enjoyed perhaps the finest game of his career thus far.

2015 Week 2 vs HOU (18 / 37 / 195 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 76 / 1 rush)

Cam Newton rolled back the years against the Texans, relying on his craftiness as a runner to keep the Panthers offense on schedule. The zone read package was central to the game plan against a ferocious Houston front seven that seemed to live on the other side of the line of scrimmage all game long. Newton did not respond well to the constant pressure applied, sailing a few passes and almost having a handful telegraphed by Houston defenders. His footwork appeared to be rushed in the face of the heat applied up front, with the offensive line struggling to sustain their blocks. The Panthers countered with some max protect looks, allowing Newton more time to see the field. He responded with some precision throws to favorite target Greg Olsen, allowing him to get into a rhythm. His first touchdown pass came against a single-high look from Houston. Newton held the high safety with his eyes, anticipating Ted Ginn Jr. to come open on a double move down the left sideline. Ginn did his part, and Newton floated a beautiful pass to his receiver in stride for the score. When the Panthers' next red zone opportunity arose, Newton made no mistake on an acrobatic quarterback draw. Center Ryan Kalil made an excellent seal block on Vince Wilfork, allowing Newton the running lane. Instead of diving low, however, he skied above the closing safety and managed to stick the landing for the score. The Panthers offense struggled to maintain the momentum and seemed to wilt as the game went on, unable to run the football effectively. On a sudden change after an A.J. Klein interception, the offense got the short field they needed to put the dagger in. Newton, once again spotting a single high look defensively, knew he had Corey Brown on the skinny post. Brown's excellent route allowed him separation for Newton to float a pass high into his waiting hands for the touchdown. Despite the pair of touchdowns, it was an off day for Newton as a passer. A screen pass floated to the left flat was floated far too high and nearly intercepted; a target on a quick slant to Devin Funchess was undercut by rookie cornerback Kevin Johnson, while an interception was taken off the board by a defensive penalty. Newton's lone interception was unlucky, as a pass directed at Kevin Norwood was tipped into the air by the receiver, landing in the hands of the roving safety. It was not the cleanest display from Newton and the Panthers offense, but it was an effective one nonetheless.

2015 Week 1 vs JAX (18 / 31 / 175 / 1 / 1 pass, 14 / 35 / 0 rush)

In a controlled performance by the offense, Cam Newton managed to keep things ticking over. The Panthers leaned heavily on zone read concepts and option plays to settle Newton down, something offensive coordinator Mike Shula has done often in the past. Buoyed by a strong ground game that kept Newton in manageable third down situations, he was able to pick his targets early. The use of two tight end sets provided Newton with extra time to survey the defense, but often he held the football a beat too long and gave the Jaguars defense a chance to sack or hit him. As the game wore on, however, he began to see the field with more clarity and smartly checked the football down to Jonathan Stewart or other outlets. An early red zone trip was scuppered after a good looking floated pass to Greg Olsen was ruled out by the officials for offensive pass interference. Undeterred, Newton was able to string together a nice drive that culminated in his lone touchdown strike of the game to Jerricho Cotchery. Newton fired a precision pass to his receiver on a skinny post pattern, whistling it past the earhole of the linebacker in coverage. The accuracy of the pass gave the defense no chance. Newton did not spot the linebacker in coverage on his interception, however. He tried to float a pass over the top of Paul Posluszny, but it lacked the height and accuracy it needed; Posluszny did the rest. Newton used his legs when he had to, and converted a pair of important third downs with some creative scrambling. Newton will have been pleased with the quality of his pass protection overall, but there are still some kinks to be worked out in this offense.


Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton looks to extend streaks (Thu Oct 1, 12:05 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will be looking to extend several streaks in his Week 5 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team he did not face either time in 2014 due to injury. Newton enters with two or more touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in each of his past two games this season. He also has two passing touchdowns and at least one rushing touchdown in each of his past two starts against the Bucs.

Our View: Newton has been a high-end QB1 for fantasy owners this year. Make sure he's in your lineup in Week 4.
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Panthers | Cam Newton scoring efficiently (Tue Sep 29, 07:48 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has accounted for all of Carolina's seven touchdowns this year: five passing and two rushing.

Our View: There's a reason why Cam Newton sits near the top of all fantasy quarterback this year. Even without star receiver Kelvin Benjamin, Newton has the 4th-most fantasy points of any quarterback this year. With his dominance on the offensive side of the ball, Newton is obviously a near set-it-and-forget-it QB1 every week.
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Panthers | Cam Newton does it all (Sun Sep 27, 07:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 20 of 31 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns and ran seven times for 33 yards and a touchdown in a 27-22 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 3.

Our View: After being a bit of a dud in Week 1, Newton has been as good as any quarterback in fantasy the last two weeks. He's a must start at Tampa next week.
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