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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Newton was better as a runner and downfield passer, but still missed some easy throws and lost Greg Olsen in the Week 2 win over the Bills. We should give some credit to the Bills defense, but if Newton doesn't get it going against the pushover Saints defense this week, we will have trouble counting on him in fantasy leagues.

General News (Fri Sep 22): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Sep 21): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 20): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

All QB vs NO

FBG says: Great matchup. Following offseason shoulder surgery, Cam Newton isn't quite himself right now. His numbers are generally in line with the rest of his career, but he's simply not throwing the ball well despite an overhaul of supporting talent. Newton has never been a particularly accurate passer, but he's missed on numerous key throws thus far, including badly missing would-be touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. The bad news grew far worse on Monday, when Greg Olsen was diagnosed with a broken foot that will sideline him for at least six to eight weeks. Considering the shaky state of the Panthers' offensive line - he was sacked six times in Week 2 - we're seeing a bit of a perfect storm working against his fantasy value. Expect to see further reliance upon Benjamin for contested catches, as well as expanded usage for rookie back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. There's plenty of dynamism there to be had, especially against the Saints' barely-there defense, but Newton simply doesn't look healthy and confident enough to snatch it right now. At least he has history on his side. Over his 4 meetings with the Saints under defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Newton has averaged 290.0 yards and 2.5 touchdowns through the air, with 29.8 standard fantasy points. Cam Newton is struggling, but there's little better medicine in the NFL than a date with the Saints "defense." The unit is predictably shallow and weak down the field, ceding deep balls and wide-open intermediate completions everywhere. Through 2 games, they've surrendered the most yards (388.5 per game) and net yards (10.5 per attempt) in the league, as well as the second-most touchdowns (6). Simply put, there's nothing about this matchup not to like. Their poor deep-ball defense projects especially poorly against Newton's powerful downfield arm - thus far, opponents have completed an eye-popping 13 of 15 deep balls against them. Newton is no guarantee to scorch them, especially in his current state. But there's no better time for him to get on track.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at SF 67 14 25 171 2 1 6 3 0 0 14.85
2 vs BUF 68 20 32 228 0 0 5 27 0 0 14.1
3 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 22 33 * * * 4 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 19 33 * * * 5 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 21 30 * * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs BUF (20 / 32 / 228 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)

The road to recovery continues for Cam Newton, who had to deal with a much stiffer test this week than last. The offensive line gave him ample time early on as he got into a rhythm and fired a laser to Kelvin Benjamin, his favourite target on this day. For every positive play, however, there was a questionable near-interception on a misread, or an overthrow that put the offense in a bad situation. The running attack was mostly shut down by the Bills, so Newton was forced to knock off more rust. At times he linked up very well with Benjamin and Devin Funchess, firing darts on inside-breaking patterns. When the pocket collapsed, Newton showed he is not afraid to use his legs when necessary, dodging a couple of would-be tacklers and diving for first downs. As the game wore on, Newton's protection began to dissolve in front of him and he took a lot of hits. One in particular saw him stay down on the ground; after being checked by the medics, however, he was allowed to return to the action. It was in the red zone that the Bills frustrated Carolina, with zipped passes to Benjamin and Russell Shepard batted down. Newton will have been kicking himself for missing a wide open Christian McCaffrey in the flat for what would have been an easy touchdown. He simply threw the pass too high for the rookie, who was uncovered, to reel it in. Newton also missed a straightforward pass downfield to Ed Dickson. Overall, it was a solid outing from a scattershot Newton, but he will know he is capable of more.

2017 Week 1 vs SF (14 / 25 / 171 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 3 / 0 rush)

Comfort was the key for Cam Newton in the early stages, and offensive coordinator Mike Shula's play calls were clearly with his quarterback's confidence in mind. The talents of backfield duo Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey were heavily emphasised as the passing game sputtered in the first few drives. Newton had an early fumble on a center-quarterback exchange, and was nearly intercepted after being baited into a throw by linebacker Reuben Foster. Newton eventually knocked off some of the rust, however, and fired a nice touchdown pass to Russell Shepard. The receiver found a weak spot in the 49ers' zone defense, and Newton's pass gave him the opportunity to juke a defender and score. Typically, Newton's inaccuracies came to the fore at times; his most flagrant error being missing a wide open touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson. The offensive line afforded Newton fantastic protection throughout the game, keeping him very clean. When pressured, he showed good poise and vision to keep his eyes downfield and link up with McCaffrey and others. His second touchdown pass came on a well-designed play that exploited the 49ers' attention on McCaffrey. With both McCaffrey and Stewart in the backfield, the rookie pulled away the underneath coverage with a flat route, allowing Stewart to sneak in behind his offensive line mates. Newton had a simple dump off pass to Stewart for the score, who finished impressively by diving over the top. Newton was locked in with his passes in the second half, looking like a totally different player. He delivered on time and accurately to Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess on crucial third down plays to keep drives alive and to salt the game away. His interception was a throw that perhaps he shouldn't have made, but such is his trust in Benjamin he attempted it anyway. It came on a deep route to the burly receiver, but the 49ers' single high safety made a great break on the pass and intercepted it with one hand.


Latest News

Panthers | Week 3 injury report for Carolina (Fri Sep 22, 03:03 PM) - Carolina Panthers LB Jeremy Cash (calf) and C Ryan Kalil (neck) did not practice Friday, Sept. 22, and have been ruled out for Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) took part in a limited practice for a third straight day and is listed as questionable. WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), DT Vernon Butler (shoulder), LB Thomas Davis (rest), DE Charles Johnson (rest), DE Julius Peppers (rest), RB Jonathan Stewart (rest) and CB Daryl Worley (knee) all participated fully in practice and have been removed from the injury report.

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Panthers | Cam Newton still limited (Thu Sep 21, 03:07 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) remained limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 21.

Our View: We'd be more cautious with this if the Panthers weren't facing the New Orleans Saints, who make it hard not to have a good fantasy day. This is a good week to start Newton, who we feel will be fine by game day. But if he can't flourish this week, there are going to be serious questions about Newton's ability and health.
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Panthers | Cam Newton limited Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 03:25 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Our View: As Newton continues to come back from his shoulder problem, he could continue to improve. Things have looked a little off with Newton this year as he gets used to the new weapons around him on offense and how best to use them.
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Panthers | Cam Newton accounts for zero TDs (Sun Sep 17, 06:48 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 20 of his 32 pass attempts for 228 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 2 against the Bills while posting five runs for 27 yards.

Our View: Newton was better as a downfield passer today, but he did miss Christian McCaffrey on an easy touchdown toss that would have clinched the game. He's an upside QB1 play against the thin resistance of the Saints defense next week.
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Panthers | Cam Newton back on the field (Sun Sep 17, 03:24 PM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) returned to the team's Week 2 game even though he suffered an ankle injury earlier in the game.

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