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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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Newton had surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder in March of 2017. He is projected to return for the start of training camp.

Summary

The first item to cover while considering Cam Newton's 2017 prospects is his ongoing recovery from right shoulder rotator cuff surgery. Footballguys.com's Jene Bramel explained in his May 4 update to the Offseason Injury Rounds that: 'Undoubtedly, all involved were cautiously optimistic Newton's partial rotator cuff injury would heal without surgery. But when you're franchise quarterback continues to feel pain while throwing after rehab, there's little choice remaining. Avoiding surgery at that point risks further damage to the rotator cuff and / or a cascade injury somewhere else due to a likely subtle change in Newton's throwing mechanics. The Panthers are saying Newton will return in time for camp. They're also saying he won't be allowed to throw with the team until 16 weeks after his end of March surgery. Expect the Panthers and Newton to be very cautious with his rehab. Recovery from shoulder surgeries in overhead throwing athletes can be tricky. Four months before throwing with the team means the end of July, as training camp begins. If Newton meets that goal, it's a great indicator he'll be at full strength as the season begins. But I expect Newton will be brought along very slowly in the early days of camp and may well not participate in preseason games until late August. May 4 Update: General manager Dave Gettleman told reporters in mid-April Newton is 'on schedule' for training camp. What all the above means is that fantasy owners drafting before late August may not have seen Newton in game-speed action after the surgery/rehab. This is something to keep in mind as we consider how badly Newton's numbers cratered from 2015 (296/496 for 3,837 yards, 35 TDs and 10 interceptions passing, with 132/636/10 rushing) to 2016 (270/510 for 3,509 yards, 19 TDs with 14 interceptions thrown, and 90/359/5 rushing). Newton was the 17th-ranked fantasy quarterback during 2016, friends. Newton enters his seventh year in the league this season, so missing some of the preseason games isn't a huge concern, but his passing shoulder situation is an item to closely monitor if you are considering Newton as your fantasy quarterback here in 2017. Also of concern - the Panthers' depth chart at wide receiver isn't scintillating, especially with the departure of Ted Ginn Jr. to NFC South rival New Orleans during free agency. Kelvin Benjamin reported for an offseason organized team activity 'a little heavy' according to head coach Ron Rivera. Benjamin's conditioning was not elite during 2016 according to multiple accounts out of Charlotte - he's going to have to do much better this season. Behind Benjamin is the so-far disappointing Devin Funchess (with his sub-40% reception percentage) and then a bevy of youngsters, led by 2017 draftee Curtis Samuel, and 2016 practice-squad player (and 2015 collegiate sensation) Keyarris Garrett. Suffice it so say that the depth chart at wide receiver is fluid for the Panthers entering preseason/training camp. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 7, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 20, 22
Overall Redraft - 68, 31, 35, 57, 59, 60
QB Dynasty - 3, 1, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 6, 7
Overall Dynasty - 48, 16, 41, 59, 61, 66, 74

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 CAR 15 270 510 3509 19 14 90 359 5 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 304 516 * * * 94 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 285 505 * * * 95 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 280 480 * * * 80 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 317 563 * * * 96 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 61
QB: 7

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2017 Schedule

1@ San Francisco 49ers
2vs Buffalo Bills
3vs New Orleans Saints
4@ New England Patriots
5@ Detroit Lions
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Atlanta Falcons
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Minnesota Vikings
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons