QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 248||Born: 5-10-1989||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2011|
Week 12: vs Seattle Seahawks
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Cam Newton's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (23 / 29 / 193 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
A relentless pass rush proved a mountain too high to climb for Cam Newton and the offense against Pittsburgh. After a promising opening drive spurred by an inspired Christian McCaffrey performance, Newton rewarded his do-it-all running back with a touchdown pass after he got open in the left flat on a wheel route. It went downhill from that point, however. On the next possession, Newton dropped back from his own 12-yard line, pressure closing in on him from T.J. Watt. Not willing to take the sack for a safety ñ he was behind his own goal line ñ Newton tossed the ball haphazardly into the sky. His intended target was Greg Olsen; instead, the football was intercepted by Vince Williams and returned for a touchdown. That play would be an omen for things to come, as the pressure steadily built on Newton. Carolina's traditionally stout offensive line was overmatched and gave up several sacks. The barrage of bodies coming at Newton affected his accuracy, with balls sailing high above receivers and thudding unceremoniously to the turf. The Panthers seemed to get some momentum in the no-huddle at the end of the half, and soon after Newton connected with McCaffrey again for his second touchdown pass. The play was a carbon copy of the first, with no Steelers defender accounting for McCaffrey out of the backfield. Newton was slow to react to pressure at times and was stripped of the football on one occasion after he held it too long. The reliable McCaffrey dove on it to prevent a turnover to spare Newton's blushes. Things snowballed for Newton in the second half, with possession after possession condemned to failure by a pass rush that could pin its ears back with such a commanding lead.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (19 / 25 / 247 / 2 / 0 pass, 11 / 33 / 0 rush)
Cam Newton didn't always look comfortable in this game in the pocket, but he muddled through and kept the offense on schedule in a 42-point effort. The Bucs managed to overwhelm the Carolina offensive line at times, a rarity for a unit that has allowed pressure on less than 10% of dropbacks this season. Newton held the football a beat too long at times and invited such pressure, however. As a runner, Newton was seldom used as Christian McCaffrey found plenty of joy himself. However, Newton pulled the ball out a few times on option plays and scampered for a handful of yards. Newton cashed in with a rushing touchdown on a naked bootleg keeper - or so it seemed. A penalty for an illegal shift nullified the score in the end. Newton zipped a beautiful touchdown pass in to Greg Olsen in what was one of the best catches of the season so far. The pass was thrown high and on the right shoulder so that only Olsen could secure it. Newton missed a couple of routine throws, including an egregious incompletion to Devin Funchess that soared several feet above the receiver's head. To Newton's credit he bounced back when the offense needed a drive - the Bucs had drawn it to within seven points - and tossed a touchdown pass on the post route to Curtis Samuel, chucking it high for his shifty receiver to attack it. It was not a virtuoso display from Newton, but he did not turn the ball over and kept the offense ticking over.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (21 / 29 / 219 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 52 / 1 rush)
Picking up where they left off last week against Philadelphia, the Panthers went no-huddle in the early stages to try to recapture some of that magic. Cam Newton seemed to settle into his rhythm quickly, being afforded excellent pass protection against a stout front. An early drop on third down on a catchable pass from Newton intended for Jarius Wright seemed to take the wind out of the offense's sails, but it wasn't long before they were back on track. Newton fired bullets all over the field and made some fantastic connections with rookie D.J. Moore, who added value to every touch with yards after the catch. Newton showed excellent anticipation on several throws and had clarity on hot reads against the Baltimore blitz. Newton threw his first touchdown pass of the game to Greg Olsen, who got inside his defender on an in cut with the offense at the doorstep of the end zone. The pass was ideal, right between the 8s on Olsen's jersey. Newton's accuracy was excellent throughout, although he had one low pass to Christian McCaffrey that, had he completed it, could have been a big gain. His second touchdown pass came on a fortunate play that could have been intercepted. The play saw Newton target Devin Funchess on a slant route in the end zone. With bodies all around the line of scrimmage, the pass was tipped high into the air. McCaffrey smartly rose highest to haul in the free ball, sparing Newton's blushes. In the second half, the Panthers went to a ball control offense, risking little. Newton added several chunks of yardage with his legs and strolled into the end zone for a rushing touchdown as well on a beautifully executed bootleg. It was a clean, poised game from Newton, who was nearly flawless.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (25 / 39 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 49 / 0 rush)
After a horrendous start that augured poorly for the Panthers' prospects, Cam Newton rallied the offense in the no-huddle to record a famous victory. Pass protection creaked a little bit for Newton in the first half as he would hold on to the ball a few beats longer than needed, taking sacks. Newton's accuracy was scattershot, ending drives earlier than perhaps they should have concluded. Newton used his legs when he needed to, but the Eagles defense was mostly able to keep him under wraps. When the Panthers were down 17-0, Newton finally began to find his feet and his accuracy improved drastically. A pinpoint pass on a skinny post to Jarius Wright set up his first touchdown pass, a slant-and-go that Devin Funchess sold perfectly. Newton's signature play came on a 4th-and-10 to keep the game alive. Holding the ball as long as he could, he took a sizable shot in the chest from a defender, jumping at the same time, and fired a pass to Torrey Smith. The play was a gut-wrenching one to give up for Philadelphia, but it energised Newton and the offense. With less than two minutes to play in regulation, Newton fired his second touchdown pass to Greg Olsen, who sneaked behind the defense with the Carolina offense set up at the goal line. Newton executed a convincing play action fake to Christian McCaffrey, which gave Olsen a split second of extra time to get in behind.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (27 / 40 / 275 / 2 / 1 pass, 9 / 43 / 0 rush)
Cam Newton was forced to play from behind for most of the game after early turnovers killed promising drives. The offense was clicking early, mixing run with pass efficiently, with some scampers by Newton thrown in. The offensive line put in an excellent shift as pass blockers, providing Newton plenty of time to survey the field. Newton connected particularly well with Devin Funchess, who consistently got open on high degree of difficulty catches. Newton lost his composure on his lone interception, feeling the pocket collapse and chucking a ball downfield speculatively. To add insult to injury, it was picked off by former teammate Josh Norman. Newton was at times scattershot with his accuracy as is his wont, but generally he orchestrated the offense cleanly. His first touchdown pass came on a beautiful deep shot to Devin Funchess. Newton threw the pass high on purpose so that Funchess could high-point it, and the receiver obliged with a tremendous play over the defensive back's head. Newton missed a pair of opportunities on straightforward passes; one a deep shot to Olsen that was overthrown, the second a low pass to Christian McCaffrey that, had it been at chest height, could have secured a first down in a crucial situation. Newton's second touchdown pass came on a simple shallow crossing route to Torrey Smith, who lost his defender in coverage at the goal line. It was a controlled performance from Newton for the most part, but one that was pockmarked by inconsistencies and stacked odds.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (21 / 35 / 237 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 29 / 0 rush)
It proved to be a disjointed game for Cam Newton, who had to overcome a pair of interceptions that were not his fault to seal a last-second win for the Panthers. Newton started off in control and was afforded excellent pass protection. His first touchdown pass came on a tunnel screen to Curtis Samuel, who did all the work himself - with an assist from the Giants defenders - to reach pay dirt. Newton showed fantastic touch on outside-breaking patterns and thrived off play action, which was a staple of the game plan. Newton fumbled the ball on a carry towards the sideline, the ball jarring loose after a hit, but it was recovered by Ian Thomas. As a runner, Newton barreled over a defender or two on his way to a pair of crucial first downs. His second touchdown pass came on a flair pass to an uncovered Christian McCaffrey, who waltzed into the end zone. Both of Newton's interceptions appeared to be the result of a miscommunication between he and Thomas. The first saw Thomas stop short on his dig route, allowing the defensive back to undercut the throw; the second was similar, with Thomas settling down on a shallow cross, with Newton expecting that he would keep running to the sideline. Despite the errors, Newton orchestrated a drive at the end of the game, firing beautiful passes to D.J. Moore and McCaffrey, to give Carolina the chance to win it.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (15 / 24 / 150 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 36 / 2 rush)
Cam Newton played a very controlled game behind an offensive line that is outdoing itself. The pocket for Newton was clean most of the day - a forced fumble the only blemish on an otherwise unspoiled card - and he took full advantage. Newton often looked deep to short with his passes, tossing some lovely downfield darts to the likes of Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith. However, Newton's usual erratic accuracy came into play early as he threw passes too high for either Funchess or Smith to haul in. When he settled down, however, buoyed by a stellar rushing attack, he began to pick out his targets. Newton scored his first of two rushing touchdowns off a bootleg on 3rd and goal, taking a gap when he saw it to barrel his way in. Later, he would reach pay dirt again off a veer look, doing an excellent job of holding the ball in Christian McCaffrey's belly before pulling it at the last second. Newton tossed his first touchdown pass with the offense set up in the red zone, firing a bullet pass into Funchess on a slant off play action. It was an exquisitely executed fake that had the Bengals on their heels. Newton added a second touchdown pass later on a backside screen pass to C.J. Anderson, who following his blocks to the end zone as Newton watched on gleefully. With the ground attack humming, Newton maintained control of the offense late on, firing some key strikes to his receivers on third down to convert and get enough breathing room to finish the game off.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (32 / 45 / 335 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 42 / 0 rush)
Despite the box score totals indicating a near-perfect game from Cam Newton, there were many flaws in his performance. He had two turnover-worthy throws as the Panthers clawed back from a deficit, one of which hit Desmond Trufant in the hands, the other a pass simply thrown up for grabs to Torrey Smith that fortunately didn't bounce right for Atlanta. The situation was far from ideal for Newton, who for the second time in two weeks had a reshuffled offensive line protecting him. Newton's accuracy was scattershot in the early exchanges, as he missed Smith high and Jarius Wright low, setting the tone for the day. Newton took a shot to his head as he slid on one scramble but returned to the game none the worse for wear. The hit seemed to inspire the offense, and Newton responded with his first touchdown pass, a dart to Wright in the middle of the end zone. The receiver helped out his quarterback on the play, settling down in a void in the zone. Newton held on the ball too long at times and lacked basic pocket awareness as he tried to lock in on deeper plays. For the most part, therefore, he adjusted his radar and targeted Christian McCaffrey underneath, who consistently beat defenders for chunks of yardage. Before long, those chunks added up and Newton threw his second touchdown pass to Smith, who ran a beautiful skinny post route. The throw was pinpoint and the timing was perfect. Newton was forced to shoulder the offense in the final minutes, capping the game with a pass to D.J. Moore on a deep dig that the rookie took for a 51-yard score. However, a crippling interception prior to that play dug a deeper hole for the Panthers, as a simple check down to C.J. Anderson came off his hands, flew into the air and landed in the paws of an Atlanta player.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (17 / 26 / 161 / 0 / 0 pass, 13 / 58 / 1 rush)
Cam Newton produced a solid, if unspectacular, effort against the Cowboys, as he found himself under duress constantly. The Panthers' offensive line was already a question mark entering the game, the return of Daryl Williams notwithstanding, but Williams didn't even finish the game and more shuffling ensued. Newton offset the pass rush early on with some quarterback runs on keepers and veer plays. Dallas defenders continued to play the inside handoff to the back, so Newton gashed them for their ill-discipline. Newton piled up the rushing yards early and got into a nice rhythm. It was in the passing game that the problems occurred, with receivers struggling to get open and Newton having to get rid of the ball in awkward situations. A clean pocket was a luxury, though even when afforded time Newton failed to connect with his receivers, throwing too high. Newton cashed in on a red zone opportunity with a rushing touchdown - again the Cowboys failed to stay with their assignments. The passing game started to build momentum, albeit on a small scale, in the second half, as Newton found Devin Funchess on some laser passes.
Latest NewsPanthers | Cam Newton tosses three touchdowns (Sun Nov 18, 04:45 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 25-of-37 passes for 357 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions. Our View: Newton got banged up and was stopped by a middling Lions defense for a large part of this game, but he still came through for fantasy players, thanks to young speed at wide receiver. The Panthers are getting closer to the playoff bubble after two straight losses and have a hungry Seahawks team coming to town next week.
link to story Panthers | Week 11 injury report for Carolina (Fri Nov 16, 01:29 PM) - Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers (rest) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 16, but does not appear on the injury report for Week 11 against the Detroit Lions. C Ryan Kalil (ankle), QB Cam Newton (shoulder) and TE Greg Olsen (foot) returned to a full practice Friday and have also been removed from the injury report. link to story Panthers | Cam Newton remains limited (Thu Nov 15, 12:50 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 15. The Panthers did not practice due to weather; Newton's status is an estimation. link to story Panthers | Cam Newton has limited practice (Wed Nov 14, 02:50 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14. link to story Panthers | Cam Newton throws for two scores (Fri Nov 9, 12:23 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 23 of 29 passes for 193 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception during the team's 52-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Nov. 8. He also ran twice for 10 yards. Our View: Newton was a big disappointment as the Panthers line wilted against the Steelers pressure and the team seemed to phone it in during the second half. Newton will have a better matchup against the Lions next week.
link to story More News
Carolina Panthers Team LinksDepth Chart Season Stats Targets Red Zone Game Logs
Footballguys ArticlesWhat We Learned in 2017: Quarterback
Sigmund Bloom - February 5
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: March
Dan Hindery - March 1
The Week in NFL News - 3/22
Sigmund Bloom - March 22
Why Josh Allen is Worth a Top Five Pick
Sigmund Bloom - March 28
Free Agency Roundtable: Wide Receiver Rapid Reactions
Phil Alexander - April 1
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: April
Dan Hindery - April 1
The Week in NFL News - 4/19
Sigmund Bloom - April 19
2018 Draft First Round Winners and Losers
Sigmund Bloom - April 27
Bloom 100: Post-Draft Rookie Rankings - Footballguys
Sigmund Bloom - April 30
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: May - Footballguys
Dan Hindery - May 2
Articles from around the webSilva's Fantasy Top 150
Evan Silva - May 31
Fantasy football preseason preview: Quarterbacks
David Dorey - June 7
The best fantasy football draft strategy for 2018
Michael Fabiano - June 7
Impact of Players Changing Teams: NFC
Jody Smith - June 8
Which Quarterbacks Do You Trust?
Steve Schwarz - June 8
Panthers Fantasy Preview
Evan Silva - June 11
Quarterback and Tight End Consistency Trends
Stephen Andress - June 20
2018 Fantasy Football - 15 Sleepers
Chet Gresham - June 20
100 facts for the 2018 fantasy football season
Matthew Berry - June 28
Backfield Tiers: Usage Analysis
Will Weiler - July 1
|12||vs Seattle Seahawks|
|13||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|14||@ Cleveland Browns|
|15||vs New Orleans Saints|
|16||vs Atlanta Falcons|
|17||@ New Orleans Saints|