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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 27): Newton had a tough home matchup against the Seahawks, although other fantasy QB1s had been putting up top 10-12 numbers against them - even at Seattle in Tony Romo's case. On a short week's rest Thursday against a surging Saints team, it might be difficult to trust him, although you might not have a choice with six teams on bye this week.

Week 9: vs New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This should be a fun NFC South shootout between two rivals, though neither team has been at their best for the majority of the season. The Panthers didn't score any TDs against the Seahawks, so their fantasy points weren't very exciting unless you own Graham Gano (three field goals vs. Seattle). Cam Newton threw 12/22 for 171 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception - he still fed Kelvin Benjamin (seven targets for 4/94/0) but otherwise the next-highest receiver last weekend was Jerricho Cotchery (five for 3/33/0 receiving). We'll see if Newton can bounce back this weekend - against the Saints' secondary, he has a good shot at improvement. The New Orleans pass D allowed 29/40 for 402 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to Green Bay last weekend (four sacks taken for -24 yards) one week after surrendering 27/40 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions, with three sacks taken for -14 yards to Matthew Stafford and company. New Orleans averages 289.3 net passing yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL), with 12 passing scores handed out vs. five interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied-21st) generated to date. This is one of the league's weaker pass defenses, friends. Advantage, Carolina.

Recent Stats and Projections

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
8 vs SEA 12 22 171 0 1 12 24 0 1
9 vs NO PROJ-Dodds 22 36 * * * 6 * * *
9 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay 22 36 * * * 7 * * *
9 vs NO PROJ-Bloom 24 35 * * * 9 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 7 vs GB (17 / 31 / 205 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 41 / 0 rush)

Cam Newton suffered through a disjointed performance as he consistently failed to hit receivers and made some poor reads throughout. Early on, Newton and the offense went three and out three times in a row, allowing the Packers to pile up the points and taking the Carolina offense out of its comfort zone. Newton, amid some overthrows, scrambled around behind a porous offensive line and was able to find some rhythm late in the first half with Greg Olsen playing a big part. Pressured constantly, often only against a four-man rush, Newton kept plays alive and almost produced a Houdini-like escape act on one play. He was almost intercepted on a sideline pass that the defensive back nearly undercut, but it wasn't long before he threw his lone pick of the game. Newton, looking left, seemed to misread his receiver's route or the defense's coverage and ended up throwing the football right into Casey Hayward's hands. With the game well out of hand, Ron Rivera took Newton out of the game, but not before he threw a beautiful touchdown pass to rookie phenom Kelvin Benjamin. Newton, displaying the kind of accuracy we have come to expect this season, zipped the football into Benjamin on a back shoulder fade, placing it perfectly.

2014 Week 8 vs SEA (12 / 22 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 12 / 24 / 0 rush)

In a disjointed display that is becoming the rule rather than the exception over the past few weeks, Cam Newton struggled to cope and made some crucial mistakes that cost his team dearly. Newton started off sharply, however, finding his targets on time and in rhythm and feeding off a few early carries on option keepers to establish a bit of momentum. Confidence high, Newton almost gave Seattle a gift interception on a drilled pass on a quick slant to Jerricho Cotchery. The velocity of the pass may have been what saved him, as the Seattle defensive back couldn't manage to hold onto it even though it hit him right in the chest. Red zone possessions stalled out on the Panthers, though Newton was not entirely to blame. The Seahawks defensive front got great push and stoned the rushing attack time and again, while Kelvin Benjamin dropped a catchable pass that would have been a touchdown. Smelling paydirt again in the second quarter, Newton committed a poor turnover on an option play, neither keeping nor pulling the ball from Jonathan Stewart. The confusion led to the ball being dropped and recovered by Seattle. In his post-game interview, Newton would admit that against teams like Seattle sometimes you have to push things a bit; he won't have been pleased with his lone interception of the day, however. In a Brett Favre-like piece of improvisation, Newton rolled left to escape pressure and flipped the ball nonchalantly. The only problem was that his intended target Greg Olsen was not expecting such a pass, and it was duly taken the other way. It was a moment of madness from Newton, whose decision making throughout the game wavered between brilliant and downright confusing. Newton produced a Houdini act and avoided a safety late in the game, ducking under Michael Bennett. He followed that up with a beautiful 51-yard bomb to Kelvin Benjamin, laying it perfectly for his rookie wideout. Newton is clearly back to his best as far as running the ball and escaping pressure, but his patchwork offensive line is not giving him the time he needs consistently enough, and his game and his confidence is suffering as a result.


Latest News

Panthers | No progress for Cam Newton extension (Fri Oct 31, 02:02 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and the team have made no progress in talks about a contract extension since discussing it before the season. Both sides hope to have something done in the offseason, however.

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Panthers | Cam Newton struggles again (Fri Oct 31, 01:56 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton had the worst statistical game of his career in the Week 9 loss to the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Oct. 30, completing just 10 of 28 passes for 151 yards with no touchdowns and one interception (he also ran a TD in). Newton posted career lows in completions, completion percentage (35.7) and passer rating (39.4). He was sacked four times and also lost a fumble.

Our View: Newton missed high all night and didn't seem to be in sync with his receivers. He was much better as a passer earlier this year, and he should have a better time of it next week against the Eagles vulnerable secondary. He's a boom/bust QB1 heading into the second half of the season.
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