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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 13): When Newton found the end zone as a runner, he found his way back to the QB1 tier. Newton put the Panthers offense his back as a passer and running threat, and took apart what was supposed to be a tough defense with no help from his running backs and no splashy plays from his receivers. He won't see our benches again as long as he's healthy.

General News (Tue Oct 14): rushed 17 times for 107 yards in Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 12. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton was pretty close to being fully back from offseason ankle surgery.

Week 7: at Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Cam Newton was allowed to run the ball last week, and responded with a magnificent 17/107/1 - it was like an oasis in the deep desert for long-suffering Newton owners who kept wondering when he'd be allowed to play at the top of his abilities. Added to his 29/46 for 284 yards passing, two TDs and one interception throwing the football, Newton accounted for 391 yards of offense last week, with three TDs to his credit. Not too shabby, friends. Greg Olsen (11 targets for 6/62/1 receiving), Jerricho Cotchery (10 for 4/58/0), Kelvin Benjamin (eight for 7/49/1) and Jason Avant (seven for 5/47/0) led the Panthers in receiving during Week 6 - this offense is coming to life during October. The Packers' pass D is among the top five units in the NFL as of Week 7, averaging 213.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up vs. nine interceptions (second in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied with Carolina for 15th in the NFL) generated to date. Ryan Tannehill and company posted 20/31 for 237 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown last week (one sack for -7 yards taken). Two weeks ago, Christian Ponder was sacked six times for -34 yards, with zero TDs thrown and two interceptions given to the Packers (22/44 for 188 net yards passing). Newton and company have a tough matchup ahead of them in Lamabeau Field on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs PIT 24 35 250 1 0 2 7 0 1
4 at BAL 14 25 197 1 0 2 7 0 0
5 vs CHI 19 35 255 2 1 6 9 0 1
6 at CIN 29 46 284 2 1 17 107 1 0
7 at GB 17 31 205 1 1 7 41 0 0
7 at GB PROJ-Dodds 21 36 * * * 6 * * *
7 at GB PROJ-Tremblay 23 37 * * * 5 * * *
7 at GB PROJ-Bloom 22 35 * * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs BAL (14 / 25 / 197 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

In what was a disjointed offensive performance by Carolina, the lack of confidence Newton has in his protection - and perhaps his body - betrayed him again. The comfort level in the face of pressure simply isn't there for him at the moment, and the Ravens were able to move him off the spot and force him to throw from awkward platforms, often while being drilled. Nevertheless, Newton continued to fire downfield when given time and showed terrific bucket accuracy, particularly on two sideline throws to Jerricho Cotchery where he was able to drop the pass right in the bread basket. With the ground game struggling once again to establish any momentum, exacerbated by the injury to DeAngelo Williams midway through the second quarter, Newton and the Panthers had to play catch-up football. The read option was mixed in to get Newton on the move, but he lacks the burst of his pre-surgery self. As a passer, there is nothing wrong with Newton, but the leaky offensive line of Carolina is starting to play on his mind and affecting his confidence. In a turnover-free display, Newton was able to hook up with one of the lone bright spots of the offense, Kelvin Benjamin. At the snap, Newton spotted the deep half safety cheating over to the right with Benjamin running a streak down the left sideline. Without hesitation, he fired a rocket into Benjamin, who had plenty of room to complete the catch with the safety showing poor technique and never helping over the top.

2014 Week 5 vs CHI (19 / 35 / 255 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 9 / 0 rush)

Strides continue to be made by Cam Newton, and perhaps no area of his game has improved more than his accuracy. His dissection of the Bears defense with pinpoint passes was further evidence of this encouraging progression for the fourth-year passer. Newton struggled early, however, and had the football stripped out of his hand by DE Willie Young after a breakdown in protection between his left tackle and left guard. Young had a clean shot and ripped the football loose. After a couple of stalled drives, Newton was intercepted after a tipped pass landed fortuitously in the hands of Lance Briggs. Undaunted, he continued firing and was able to zip laser passes into Avant, Cotchery and Olsen in the no huddle as the offense started to gather steam and Newton caught fire. Where before the Carolina offense stalled out or made crucial errors in the red zone, the end of the first half saw Newton deliver a strike in the red zone to Olsen for a score. Olsen was able to wriggle free of attention and Newton duly obliged. With better protection, a more composed Newton got into a rhythm and found Olsen for a second touchdown - the go ahead score - on a beautiful seam pass in the red zone as the big tight end once again escaped the attentions of the Bears defensive backs. A highly efficient Newton rebounded strongly after a sluggish start and will look to carry this momentum forward.

2014 Week 6 vs CIN (29 / 46 / 284 / 2 / 1 pass, 17 / 107 / 1 rush)

After weeks of recovery from offseason ankle surgery, the training wheels were finally taken off Cam Newton. Looking revitalised and ready to roll, Newton rushed for over 100 yards and looked good in the process, gliding effortlessly across the turf and making good reads off option plays to exploit wide open lanes. It was only in the second half that Newton really pushed the envelope with his ground gains; prior to that, he had showed the same level of precision and control in his play as a passer as he had in recent weeks. Newton's growth has been startling and he continued to impress with his decision making, accuracy and pocket awareness against the Bengals. The offensive line gave him plenty of time and often kept in extra bodies to protect; after giving up sacks on a routine basis the last few weeks, the line gave up none. Newton was locked in from the opening kick as he matriculated the ball downfield, showing trust in his targets and executing his fakes and drops very crisply. The first offensive possession resulted in a touchdown, as Newton fired a bullet pass on a quick slant to Kelvin Benjamin in the red zone. Benjamin held on despite taking a huge hit, but the pass was perfectly placed. Newton added a second touchdown pass to his favourite target, tight end Greg Olsen, on a cleverly executed backside tight end screen. Off play action, Newton booted right. Olsen intentionally got lost in traffic and emerged on the backside, giving his quarterback an easy pitch and catch for the walk-in score. When the Panthers offense needed a jolt, it was Newton's legs that carried them. His efforts culminated in a rushing touchdown in the red zone off a play the Panthers used to use as a fixture of their red zone repertoire, QB power. Newton followed the pulling guard and powered through contact to finish strongly for the score. Newton's game was mostly clean, but he made one crucial mistake on a high pass to Kelvin Benjamin which turned out to be intercepted. Benjamin, surrounded by Bengals defenders, had little chance of reaching the pass, and safety Reggie Nelson was there to reel in the pick. In a bizarre tie game, Newton continued to hit the heights and showed he is more than ready to resume his role as a rushing threat in the Carolina offense that badly needs to establish a ground game.


Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton takes big step (Mon Oct 13, 09:40 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) rushed 17 times for 107 yards in Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 12. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton was pretty close to being fully back from offseason ankle surgery.

Our View: This is the Newton we know and love! After battling through rib and ankle injuries this year, Newton finally looked like his old self in Week 6. The Panthers backfield is a mess right now, and that just means more Newton as a rusher. Now that he's running again, Newton should be considered a QB1 with the upside to finish as a top-5 fantasy QB every week.
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Panthers | Cam Newton dings up arm (Sun Oct 12, 04:05 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (hand) was banged up late in the fourth quarter of the Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He appeared to bang his throwing arm or thumb on an interception, and was being checked by a trainer on the sidelines.

Panthers | Cam Newton on the mend (Tue Oct 7, 11:35 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle, ribs) said he believes his ribs are fully healed, but he also said that he is still experiencing some ankle pain. 'I think my body is mending up slowly but surely,' Newton said. 'It's giving me a lot of great confidence when I am thinking about running the football, and throwing the football, as well.'

Our View: As Newton gets healthier, we should see him perform better. Newton was the 6th-best fantasy QB last season, but this year he ranks 23rd.
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