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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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Week 3: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Cam Newton got his team back on track against the 49ers in Week Two, with 24/40 for 353 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown (and 6/37/0 rushing). With so many TDs in the air, three of the usual suspects pulled in TDs - Greg Olsen led the team in receiving with eight targets for 5/122/1 receiving, while Kelvin Benjamin (nine for 7/108/2) also went over 100 yards receiving during the contest. Devin Funchess (four targets for 2/19/1) also scored, while Ted Ginn Jr. hit a long reception of 52 yards on his way to four targets for 2/51/0 receiving during the contest. It's all good for the Panthers heading into this home game vs. Minnesota. The Vikings come into this game during another juggling act on offense - this time, it's Adrian Peterson out with a knee injury (torn meniscus) - so expect the Vikings to lean on their defense as they sort out their attack. The Vikings' secondary has averaged 216.0 net passing yards per game this year, with three passing scores given out vs. two interceptions generated , with seven sacks to their credit (tied for fourth-most sacks in the NFL). Over the first two weeks of the season, Minnesota has averaged 22.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (11th-most in the NFL); and 17.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-least); with 4.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-least). Aaron Rodgers ran in a TD against the Vikings last week - and Cam Newton is always a threat to do that, as well. This looks like a tough matchup for Newton and the receivers.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DEN 73 18 33 194 1 1 11 54 1 0 24.1
2 vs SF 83 24 40 353 4 1 6 37 0 1 35.35
3 vs MIN 0 21 35 262 0 3 7 26 1 0 18.7
3 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 20 32 * * * 7 * * * *
3 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 19 31 * * * 8 * * * *
3 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 20 31 * * * 8 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 | Cam Newton throws three INTs (Sun Sep 25, 04:50 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton went 21-for-35 for 262 yards and three interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. He also rushed for 26 yards and one touchdown on seven carries during the game.

Our View: Newton was thwarted by a Vikings defense that has to be considered among the elite at this point. Newton has a much more favorable matchup at Atlanta next week. This will probably be his low watermark on the season.
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Panthers | Cam Newton tosses four touchdowns (Mon Sep 19, 01:25 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 353 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He also rushed six times for 37 yards.

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Panthers | Cam Newton practices (Wed Sep 14, 12:18 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton practiced Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Our View: We're expecting Newton and the Panthers to bounce back in a big way.
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Panthers | Cam Newton expected to play in Week 2 (Tue Sep 13, 11:49 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has shown no symptoms of a concussion following the club's Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos and is expected to play against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

Our View: Newton was rocked against the Broncos in the season opener last Thursday night. This week against the 49ers, Newton won't face that much pressure and should be able to have a productive game. We like him as a top-tier QB1 in this matchup.
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Panthers | NFLPA checks into Cam Newton's treatment (Mon Sep 12, 03:17 AM) - The NFL Players Association will ask for a formal investigation into the helmet-to-helmet hit Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton took against the Denver Broncos Thursday, Sept. 8, and the medical treatment he received afterwards.

Our View: Newton was beat up on Thursday night in the season opener against the Broncos. He took several bit shots yet was never examined for a concussion during the game. After the game, Newton received some extra attention but the extent is unknown. Newton is big, tough and physical but he should be treated no differently than other QBs just because he can a lot of punishment. There should be no "hack-a-Shaq" in the NFL.
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