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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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Summary

Cam Newton threw an impressive 35 TD passes last season, and rushed in a hefty 10 additional scores on his own (296/496 for 3,837 yards, 35 TDs and 10 interceptions passing, with 132/636/10 rushing) - the 35 TD passes were a career high and the 10 rushing scores were his best tally since his 2011 rookie campaign. All this, done without his number one wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, who went down to a torn ACL during a joint practice with the Dolphins during 2015 preseason. Oh, and he won the NFL MVP award during 2015, and the Offensive Player of the Year, after being the first NFL quarterback, ever, to throw for over 30 TDs and rush for 10 TDs in a single season. What a season! However, it is fair to note that TD passes are extremely hard to predict, and Newton's prior career high was 24 TD passes in a season. There is room for regression in this area, but the Panthers have added more talent at wide receiver and tight end during the offseason/NFL Draft - tight end Beau Sandland (Montana State) arrived in the seventh round and provides depth behind Greg Olsen. Undrafted free agent Keyarris Garrett led the NCAA in receiving for Tulsa as a fifth-year senior, catching 96 passes for 1,588 yards and eight touchdowns. Receivers Devin Funchess and Benjamin will enter their second NFL regular season together - there is no lack of young talent on this roster for Newton to exploit. We'll see how Newton rebounds from a rough outing in the Super Bowl loss to Denver. Carolina faces Denver at Mile High in the NFL season opener on Thursday, September 8, 2016 so we will see him tested by that stout defense first thing in September. (May 19)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3
Overall Redraft - 22, 8, 14, 15, 20, 23, 23, 27, 27, 32, 36, 43, 48
QB Dynasty - 2, 1, 2, 3, 3
Overall Dynasty - 19, 11, 17, 19, 41

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2013 CAR 16 292 473 3379 24 13 111 585 6 1
2014 CAR 14 262 448 3127 18 12 103 539 5 5
2015 CAR 16 296 496 3837 35 10 132 636 10 4
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 305 489 * * * 120 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 303 505 * * * 122 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 320 538 * * * 120 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 29
QB: 1

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Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton can still improve (Thu May 19, 06:39 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton still has an awful lot of room to grow, in the words of head coach Ron Rivera. 'As he continues to learn and understand more and more about offensive and defensive plays, his decision-making is going to be even better,' Rivera said. 'As long as he continues to stay healthy and keep getting better physically and work on his base fundamentals, I think the young man is going to get better.'

Our View: The eight best player in Pro Football Focus' 101 Top Players list, Newton is still an unfinished product. His collapse near the end of the Super Bowl - as well as his press conference afterwards - show that. Still, he won a lot of Fantasy Championships last season and we expect him to continue to get better and better. He's a lock as a QB1 and could go as high as late first round in fantasy drafts.
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2016 Schedule

1@ Denver Broncos
2vs San Francisco 49ers
3vs Minnesota Vikings
4@ Atlanta Falcons
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New Orleans Saints
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Arizona Cardinals
9@ Los Angeles Rams
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11vs New Orleans Saints
12@ Oakland Raiders
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14vs San Diego Chargers
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers