QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Newton made the most of his piecemeal offensive line and wide receiver corps, and should have had a 300-yard passing day if it wasn't for some Kelvin Benjamin drops at inopportune moments. He's a strong QB1 against the weak Steelers defense on Sunday night.
General News (Fri Sep 19): is unlikely to be 100 percent the rest of the season. He experiences pain the night after the games and receives treatment the next two days in hopes of practicing every Wednesday. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton's ankle bothered him more than the ribs. However, Newton said neither injury was worse than the other.
General News (Tue Sep 16): was dealing with a bit of soreness in his foot after the Week 2 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. However, Rivera thinks it's a good sign after Newton had offseason ankle surgery back in March. "Because it's more sore than his back," Rivera said. "Which is good. At least, I think it's good. He's moving around pretty good and he's feeling pretty good about himself."
Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Cam Newton sliced up the Lions' secondary for 22/34 yielding 281 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, but did take an uncomfortable five sacks for -30 yards during the contest. Greg Olsen (eight targets for 7/72/0 receiving) and Kelvin Benjamin (eight for 2/46/0) were the most heavily targeted Panthers, but Benjamin had some issues with drops/lapses of concentration in the game. Jason Avant (seven for 5/54/1) and Jerricho Cotchery (4/46/0) provided steady hands and a diet of first downs to Newton. These four make up a surprisingly effective receiving stable entering the third week of regular season. Pittsburgh gave up 19/31 for 230 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (Hoyer was sacked three times for -24 yards). The Steelers' defense was ranked ninth in the NFL last year, averaging 222 net yards passing allowed per game. So far this year, they average 186 yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL), but have zero interceptions generated vs. three TDs allowed. Pittsburgh's rush D is so weak right now that teams are preferring to run on them (Baltimore tried 36 rushes last week vs. 29 passes attempted). Newton may not need to throw the ball that much against the soft Steelers' D, but he may be able to do some good things with his legs this week - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the 2-0 Panthers.
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2014 Week 2 vs DET (22 / 34 / 281 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
In his first game back after a rib injury, Cam Newton admitted he felt a little "antsy" early on against the Lions, and it showed in his play early on. He lacked decisiveness in his reads and tried to force the ball downfield to Jason Avant in good coverage as the offense sputtered. However, when the offense went up-tempo after two disappointing possessions, Newton found his rhythm in a hurry. He started to fire darts to his receivers, with tight end Greg Olsen a big part of his success. The Lions were able to apply a lot of pressure on Newton, however, and he was at fault for retreating too often to try to make something out of nothing. The offensive line was culpable for a few breakdowns, allowing Lions to come free. Undeterred, Newton kept firing and even showed his wheels on a 13-yard option keeper in the second half. Newton looked poised in the second half as the Panthers pulled away, finding Jason Avant for his lone touchdown pass of the game. With good protection in the red zone, Newton showed good patience as Avant crossed the face of the Lions defensive back on a dig route, duly firing it between his numbers for a nice hook-up. Newton showed some rust as well and could have been intercepted on an early target on the post to Greg Olsen as the ball was deflected into the air. There will be some rust to knock off for Newton in the coming weeks, but this was a positive first step as he demonstrated good poise, patience and perseverance to seal a victory.
Latest NewsPanthers | Cam Newton won't be 100 percent (Fri Sep 19, 09:25 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs, ankle) is unlikely to be 100 percent the rest of the season. He experiences pain the night after the games and receives treatment the next two days in hopes of practicing every Wednesday. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton's ankle bothered him more than the ribs. However, Newton said neither injury was worse than the other. Our View: Newton didn't look like a player bothered by his injuries in Week 2's win over Detroit, even though he did absorb some big hits from the bullies on the Lions defensive line. He is still a great start against the Steelers in Week 3.
link to story Panthers | Cam Newton sore (Tue Sep 16, 01:16 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was dealing with a bit of soreness in his foot after the Week 2 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. However, Rivera thinks it's a good sign after Newton had offseason ankle surgery back in March. 'Because it’s more sore than his back,” Rivera said. “Which is good. At least, I think it’s good. He’s moving around pretty good and he’s feeling pretty good about himself.' link to story Panthers | Cam Newton plays well in return (Sun Sep 14, 11:34 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) completed 22 of his 34 pass attempts for 281 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions in the Week 2 win against the Detroit Lions. He also ran four times for 19 yards. 'I felt like I was getting antsy early on and that comes from a lack of playing time,' Newton said Sunday, Sept. 14. 'I was getting my feet back under me and as the game went on I started feeling more comfortable and it showed.' Our View: Newton spread the ball around and could have had a bigger game with better hands from Kelvin Benjamin. He's back to being a must-start QB1 against the Steelers next week.
link to story Panthers | Cam Newton probable (Fri Sep 12, 01:41 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 13 and is probable. Our View: Newton will start, but against Detroit's tough set of defensive tackles and with the Panthers likely being cautious about his use in the running game, it might be best for Newton to be on your bench this week.
link to story Panthers | Cam Newton set for Sunday (Thu Sep 11, 05:59 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 11. Our View: Awesome! We're excited to see Newton back on the field. We'll see if he can keep the offense moving. Newton's return takes away from the ground game as he can eat up rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. It will be interesting to note if he can properly involve rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin on Sunday against the Lions.
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