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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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17 at ATL 10 16 114 1 0 6 51 1 0
18 vs ARI 18 32 198 2 1 7 35 0 1
19 at SEA 23 36 246 2 2 11 37 0 1

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 18 vs ARI (18 / 32 / 198 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 35 / 0 rush)

Poor mechanics plagued Cam Newton throughout this contest, leading to some errant passes and mistakes. Newton started with confidence, hitting his targets early with good timing and precision. An early miss down the right sideline to Ed Dickson on a simple throw was a harbinger for what was to come, however. A strong running game took some of the heat off Newton, who was beginning to feel the pressure applied by the Arizona defense. Poor footwork led to some incompletions, but his lone interception of the game can be put down to poor play from Jerricho Cotchery, who appeared to quit on his route. Newton, spotting Cotchery on a shallow cross, expected his receiver to continue running right to left. Cotchery stopped suddenly and seemed to look around for the ball, allowing the Cardinals an easy pick. Newton, to his credit, chased down the defender to prevent a touchdown. Newton operated effectively as a runner and made some excellent reads on zone plays, including for Jonathan Stewart's touchdown. Despite being hit more often in the second half, Newton showed bravery on a dive for a first down on third down, taking a shot to his recently operated on back. Newton tossed what turned out to be an easy touchdown pass to Fozzy Whittaker on a screen play. Whittaker did the dirty work, cutting back across the field for a walk-in touchdown. Newton found Mike Tolbert for his second touchdown after a series of penalties kept a drive alive in the red zone. Tolbert leaked out into the flat off play action and Newton duly obliged for the score. In a shaky performance, however, Newton showed how pressure - and the perception of pressure - can lead to him abandoning his mechanics for long stretches.

2014 Week 19 vs SEA (23 / 36 / 246 / 2 / 2 pass, 11 / 37 / 0 rush)

Cam Newton battled hard in a testing environment to give the Panthers offense a fighting chance, but mistakes ultimately held him back from making this game a closer contest. Despite being under pressure for most of the game, Newton showed excellent pocket presence and mobility. Rather than looking to run, he would simply step up or to the side away from the rush and find his target. When he had time, he showed excellent touch and anticipation on downfield routes, with the sluggo seam pattern to Greg Olsen standing out; he threaded the ball between three defenders and put it where only Olsen could haul it in. However, mistakes proved costly for Newton. An early interception down the right sideline amounted to a punt, but the deep shot was an early warning sign to him that passing downfield would not be fruitful. The Panthers offense kept things close to the line of scrimmage, relying on three-step drops that would allow Newton to get the ball out quickly. Richard Sherman almost jumped a quick slant by Philly Brown on one such short pattern, but somehow dropped it. A second potential interception was wiped out on review. Newton failed to look off free safety Earl Thomas in the red zone and the dynamic safety jumped a quick hitch route, but couldn't complete the action of the catch. Newton managed to connect well with Kelvin Benjamin for two touchdowns, the first of which was a rocket shot between the numbers on a quick slant in the red zone. The second came late on with the game out of reach, with Benjamin out-jumping the defensive back on a high pass into the end zone. Newton made a crucial error in the fourth quarter with an interception that was returned for a touchdown, staring down his receiver in the flat and allowing Kam Chancellor to run it back. This proved to be a recurring theme for Newton in this game - and it was punished by Seattle's unforgiving defense. Newton operated quite well for the most part in the eye of the storm, but simple mistakes ended up costing him and his team dearly.


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