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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 17): Newton didn't play a flawless game by any measure and started slow, but he came on to overcome a 21-point deficit and tie the game up at 38-38 late in New Orleans. If Jonathan Stewart hadn't scored twice on the ground, there was an even bigger day there for Newton. The Panthers problems on defense will only help Newton's fantasy stock entering the bye. If he can find his 2015 in the week off, Newton will challenge Tom Brady for QB1 overall status.

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Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs MIN 76 21 35 262 0 3 7 26 1 0 18.7
4 at ATL 42 14 25 165 1 0 5 30 0 0 15.25
6 at NO 82 27 47 322 2 1 2 1 1 0 29.2

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs NO (27 / 47 / 322 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)

Cam Newton looked a little uneasy to begin the game as a familiar pattern began to unfold: offensive line issues. The Saints edge rushers quickly made Newton move off the spot in the pocket, and he was often forced to retreat or take sacks against the rush as both offensive tackles struggled. Inaccuracy began to creep into some of Newton's throws, notably a deep shot to Ted Ginn Jr. that was left badly underthrown and should have been a touchdown. When he had a chance to operate from a clean pocket, he showed terrific chemistry with Kelvin Benjamin, who he peppered with passes from the get-go. The Panthers turned to the no-huddle when they trailed 21-0, and Newton seemed to pick up some momentum and rhythm with this approach. Newton was picked off on a red zone possession that could have made the game closer in the first half, but his floated pass intended for Devin Funchess was intercepted. The cornerback had excellent position on Funchess and was able to run under the football on the fade pattern, but Newton will have expected better from his six-four wideout. Newton, undeterred by Funchess' mistake, came back to him and fired a strike for his first touchdown pass between two defenders. Set up in the red zone, Newton quickly recognised a breakdown in coverage, giving Funchess an easy inside release with no safety help. The pass was perfect and on time for the score. Newton tossed his second touchdown pass as the Panthers found themselves on the Saints 1-yard line. In an unbelievable effort, Newton rolled left and just when it appeared he was throwing it away he lofted the ball up to Ed Dickson at the back of the end zone. Dickson and Mike Tolbert were the intended receivers on the play action pass, but both fell down in the first few seconds of the play. To Newton's credit, he kept the play alive and lofted an incredible improvised pass. Newton grew stronger as the game wore on, and despite not being involved as a runner he finished the game with a touchdown using his legs. In what has become a staple of the Carolina offense, Newton scrambled right with the Panthers at the 1-yard line of New Orleans and outpaced Cameron Jordan to the pylon. He reached the ball across the goal line for the score, but it was an incredibly athletic effort.

2016 Week 4 vs ATL (14 / 25 / 165 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 30 / 0 rush)

It was one of the more forgettable days in the career of Cam Newton, as the Falcons defense set the tone early and made him antsy. His pocket presence was lacking after some early shots across the bow from the Falcons pass rush, and he never seemed to settle in to the game. His footwork in particular was an issue, as it led to scattershot accuracy on what should be simple passes. The offensive line struggled to blow open holes with the rushing attack, so Newton was forced into long third down situations and he didn't deal with them very well. He zipped a lovely pass in to Kelvin Benjamin on a quick slant for a rare third down conversion, but would later overshoot Ted Ginn, who was wide open on a shallow cross. To the credit of the Atlanta defense, they successfully defended the zone read and delivered a blow to Newton on one keeper in particular. Newton started to regain some confidence in the no huddle, eventually culminating in a zipped red zone pass on a slant to Benjamin, who had established inside leverage on his defender. The timing and accuracy of the pass were rare exceptions in Newton's mechanics in a game otherwise littered with problems. Newton sustained a concussion, ending his day, on the subsequent two-point conversion. In a flashback to a similar play against the Saints two seasons ago, Newton seemed to let up as he reached the goal line, and a Falcons defender flew into Newton at eye level, delivering a vicious helmet-to-helmet shot. Newton managed to reach the ball across the goal line for the conversion, but quickly left the game.

2016 Week 3 vs MIN (21 / 35 / 262 / 0 / 3 pass, 7 / 26 / 1 rush)

Cam Newton endured a torrid day against the Vikings, struggling to find any open targets as a disciplined defense suffocated the offense. In all, he was sacked eight times and was under duress on almost every dropback as the Panthers had to go into pass-first mode late in the game. The beginning of the game looked like a typical Carolina home game, with Newton leading a straightforward pair of drives, one for a field goal and one for a touchdown. On the latter, Newton lofted a beautiful pass over the shoulder of Corey Brown on a deep corner route, setting up the offense inside the 10. Newton finished the drive off with a walk-in touchdown on a zone read, and it appeared as though Carolina would roll. However, as the game wore on Newton became increasingly skittish as the Vikings confused him and the offensive line with various blitz packages. The double A gap blitz look in particular caused serious issues. Even when Newton had time, he seemed uncertain of his progression and often there was simply nowhere to go with the ball as the Vikings blanketed receivers downfield. Newton's errant play was summed up by an interception to end the half; he never seemed to step into the throw, his poor mechanics resulting in a lofty pass down the sideline to Ted Ginn Jr., who was undercut by the defensive back. His day would only get uglier in the second half, as the Vikings really turned up the heat. With a blitzer bearing down on him, Newton tossed a sideline pass intended for Ginn and was picked off again, Terence Newman sinking underneath the out route. With Newton beginning to force throws, the offense sputtered towards the end of the game. The Vikings happily surrendered short completions, but the typically vertical Panthers attack simply had no opportunities. On the rare occasion they did, Devin Funchess and others would let the team down, albeit the passes were often outside the numbers and difficult to haul in. The final nail in Newton's coffin came in the waning moments as he tossed his third interception. With another blitz in his face, he tossed the football up for grabs. It landed in the arms of a defensive lineman, who essentially iced the game despite fumbling it out of bounds. Newton was physically beaten and bruised throughout, with his mechanics suffering as a result.

2016 Week 2 vs SF (24 / 40 / 353 / 4 / 1 pass, 6 / 37 / 0 rush)

Cam Newton started the game off in inauspicious circumstances, firing a pass to Ed Dickson that was deflected and landed in the hands of a 49ers safety for an interception. The pass was a little late, but Navorro Bowman deserves credit for reading the play and closing in for the deflection. The Panthers offense found their rhythm soon after that, with zone read concepts and quick completions settling Newton down. They soon opened it up downfield, and Newton was unfortunate not to have a touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. after dropping the football perfectly in the bucket on a deep pass. Ginn failed to get his second foot in bounds. Newton would a few plays later miss a wide open Greg Olsen on third-and-long, putting too much air under the pass. Newton would respond almost instantly, lofting a beautiful pass to a streaking Olsen, who had no 49ers defender within five yards of him when he made the catch for a 78-yard score. It was an excellent job of identifying the defensive breakdown by Newton. Throughout the game Newton was afforded excellent pass protection, and it led to a series of big plays, with Kelvin Benjamin in particular prospering. Newton and his favorite target connected on a series of inside-breaking patterns, with Benjamin's size and body position too much for defensive backs to deal with. Set up in the red zone, Newton's second touchdown pass was a low dart to Benjamin, who had to stoop to reel in the football. The off coverage offered Benjamin enough room to run the out pattern, and enough time was given to Newton to fire the ball in on time. The pair connected again for Newton's third touchdown pass, another pinpoint accurate throw between Benjamin's numbers. It was another red zone opportunity, and Benjamin simply got in front of his defensive back on a quick slant, Newton firing in the football on time. Newton would toss a fourth touchdown pass to Devin Funchess on a beautifully placed back shoulder pass, putting the ball above the rim for the six-foot-four receiver to attack. Newton had a bad fumble after scrambling as he failed to secure the ball with both hands. He was chased down from behind and the ball was stripped out, eventually being recovered by the 49ers. It was a controlled display from the quarterback, who made good decisions under pressure for the most part and took what the defense gave him.

2016 Week 1 vs DEN (18 / 33 / 194 / 1 / 1 pass, 11 / 54 / 1 rush)

It was the classic tale of two halves for a battered and bruised Cam Newton, who guided the Panthers offense to an early lead, only to see it evaporate in front of him. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula had a solid game plan to calm Newton down early and get him comfortable, utilizing the zone read rushing attack to give the quarterback some early touches. Newton made excellent reads off the so-called 'belly option' and managed to use the Broncos' aggressive up the field rush against them. Newton tossed his first touchdown pass of the season to Kelvin Benjamin - who he enjoyed a terrific rapport with throughout on a perfect post route in the red zone. Benjamin established inside leverage off the snap, allowing Newton to fire early on a high pass that only Benjamin could snag. The offensive line's protection was crucial on the play; Newton had a clean pocket to step into the throw in rhythm. The pressure began to build on Newton as the half wore on, but for the most part he coped well with it, either throwing the ball away or releasing it just a beat before a Denver defender could reach him. His best play in this regard was a pass to Greg Olsen where Newton had to roll left to escape a blitzing T.J. Ward, then loft a pass into the tight end's hands. Newton capitalized on his second red zone opportunity, taking the football around the right end to the pylon on a designed quarterback sweep. The seal block from Ted Ginn on the edge was enough to get Newton over the goal line. Newton played well in the two-minute drill, releasing the ball quickly and not allowing the Broncos pass rush to get to him. A punishing hit in the third quarter seemed to rattle Newton, and he never quite fully recovered his poise from that point on. A series of helmet-to-helmet hits followed, with only one being called as a penalty. Newton's interception came on a brilliant play by Denver CB Chris Harris Jr., who met intended target Benjamin at the catch point and caught the fluttering pass just before it hit the turf. The ball was thrown a little behind Benjamin, but it was a catchable pass; it was simply an incredible play by Harris. To Newton's credit, despite the constant heat from the Broncos' blitzes he led the offense down the field in the final seconds of the game and set them up for a potential game-winning field goal. The offense seemed to go into its shell a bit in the second half, but Newton's performance was not the reason the Panthers lost the game.


Latest News

Panthers | Good outing for Cam Newton (Sun Oct 16, 09:13 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) completed 27 of his 47 pass attempts for 322 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Week 6 game against the New Orleans Saints. He also ran twice for one yard and a touchdown while also hitting a pass for a successful two-point conversion.

Our View: Newton started very slow but was able to manage a strong fantasy game in a grueling comeback effort. He still has the elite QB1 ceiling each week, but Newton is definitely not playing at his best. The Panthers young secondary has created enough high scoring game scripts to keep Newton's fantasy value intact.
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Panthers | Cam Newton in uniform (Sun Oct 16, 12:07 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.

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Panthers | Cam Newton cleared (Sat Oct 15, 05:28 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) has been cleared to play in the team's Week 6 game.

Our View: Newton is back as expected, and most fantasy owners should go back to him as a QB1.
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Panthers | Cam Newton questionable (Fri Oct 14, 06:20 PM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Panthers | Cam Newton on track to play (Fri Oct 14, 11:03 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) is expected to be cleared from the concussion protocol and start in Week 6. He's practicing Friday, Oct. 14, for the third straight day.

Our View: Newton didn't return last week despite having an extra day to recover from his concussion. A second concussion this year could be worrisome, but this week Newton is still an elite QB1 against the weak Saints defense.
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