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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 20): Newton followed one of his best games of his career with one of his worst this year. We knew he was coming with weekly volatility this year, but the ride is inducing some nausea in his owners heading into a game against the Seahawks - although at least in Carolina. It's going to be a tough call whether to start him this week.

Week 8: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Carolina's offense went from finding a rhythm vs. Cincinnati (during a 37-37 OT tie game) to getting blown out (10-38 scored by the first team offense before the second-string tacked on a late TD to make it 17-38 in the crushing loss to Green Bay last week). Cam Newton (17/31 for 205 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -25, with 7/41/0 rushing to his credit) had an O.K. outing, but O.K. doesn't do it against the Packers in Green Bay. As usual, Greg Olsen (eight targets for 8/105/0 receiving) and Kelvin Benjamin (six for 3/61/1 receiving) saw most of the action for the Panthers' receiving corps. The Seahawks' D is also in a funk after having dropped two straight games, allowing 21/32 for 239 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Tony Romo (with one sack for -11 yards) and then 19/22 for 170 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Rams last week (86.3 completion % for those keeping score at home). Seattle is not able to assert their usual defensive dominance over the middle weeks of October. On balance this looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Panthers.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at BAL 14 25 197 1 0 2 7 0 0
5 vs CHI 19 35 255 2 1 6 9 0 1
6 at CIN 29 46 284 2 1 17 107 1 0
7 at GB 17 31 205 1 1 7 41 0 0
8 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds 23 37 * * * 6 * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 23 38 * * * 6 * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom 23 38 * * * 8 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CHI (19 / 35 / 255 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 9 / 0 rush)

Strides continue to be made by Cam Newton, and perhaps no area of his game has improved more than his accuracy. His dissection of the Bears defense with pinpoint passes was further evidence of this encouraging progression for the fourth-year passer. Newton struggled early, however, and had the football stripped out of his hand by DE Willie Young after a breakdown in protection between his left tackle and left guard. Young had a clean shot and ripped the football loose. After a couple of stalled drives, Newton was intercepted after a tipped pass landed fortuitously in the hands of Lance Briggs. Undaunted, he continued firing and was able to zip laser passes into Avant, Cotchery and Olsen in the no huddle as the offense started to gather steam and Newton caught fire. Where before the Carolina offense stalled out or made crucial errors in the red zone, the end of the first half saw Newton deliver a strike in the red zone to Olsen for a score. Olsen was able to wriggle free of attention and Newton duly obliged. With better protection, a more composed Newton got into a rhythm and found Olsen for a second touchdown - the go ahead score - on a beautiful seam pass in the red zone as the big tight end once again escaped the attentions of the Bears defensive backs. A highly efficient Newton rebounded strongly after a sluggish start and will look to carry this momentum forward.

2014 Week 6 vs CIN (29 / 46 / 284 / 2 / 1 pass, 17 / 107 / 1 rush)

After weeks of recovery from offseason ankle surgery, the training wheels were finally taken off Cam Newton. Looking revitalised and ready to roll, Newton rushed for over 100 yards and looked good in the process, gliding effortlessly across the turf and making good reads off option plays to exploit wide open lanes. It was only in the second half that Newton really pushed the envelope with his ground gains; prior to that, he had showed the same level of precision and control in his play as a passer as he had in recent weeks. Newton's growth has been startling and he continued to impress with his decision making, accuracy and pocket awareness against the Bengals. The offensive line gave him plenty of time and often kept in extra bodies to protect; after giving up sacks on a routine basis the last few weeks, the line gave up none. Newton was locked in from the opening kick as he matriculated the ball downfield, showing trust in his targets and executing his fakes and drops very crisply. The first offensive possession resulted in a touchdown, as Newton fired a bullet pass on a quick slant to Kelvin Benjamin in the red zone. Benjamin held on despite taking a huge hit, but the pass was perfectly placed. Newton added a second touchdown pass to his favourite target, tight end Greg Olsen, on a cleverly executed backside tight end screen. Off play action, Newton booted right. Olsen intentionally got lost in traffic and emerged on the backside, giving his quarterback an easy pitch and catch for the walk-in score. When the Panthers offense needed a jolt, it was Newton's legs that carried them. His efforts culminated in a rushing touchdown in the red zone off a play the Panthers used to use as a fixture of their red zone repertoire, QB power. Newton followed the pulling guard and powered through contact to finish strongly for the score. Newton's game was mostly clean, but he made one crucial mistake on a high pass to Kelvin Benjamin which turned out to be intercepted. Benjamin, surrounded by Bengals defenders, had little chance of reaching the pass, and safety Reggie Nelson was there to reel in the pick. In a bizarre tie game, Newton continued to hit the heights and showed he is more than ready to resume his role as a rushing threat in the Carolina offense that badly needs to establish a ground game.

2014 Week 7 vs GB (17 / 31 / 205 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 41 / 0 rush)

Cam Newton suffered through a disjointed performance as he consistently failed to hit receivers and made some poor reads throughout. Early on, Newton and the offense went three and out three times in a row, allowing the Packers to pile up the points and taking the Carolina offense out of its comfort zone. Newton, amid some overthrows, scrambled around behind a porous offensive line and was able to find some rhythm late in the first half with Greg Olsen playing a big part. Pressured constantly, often only against a four-man rush, Newton kept plays alive and almost produced a Houdini-like escape act on one play. He was almost intercepted on a sideline pass that the defensive back nearly undercut, but it wasn't long before he threw his lone pick of the game. Newton, looking left, seemed to misread his receiver's route or the defense's coverage and ended up throwing the football right into Casey Hayward's hands. With the game well out of hand, Ron Rivera took Newton out of the game, but not before he threw a beautiful touchdown pass to rookie phenom Kelvin Benjamin. Newton, displaying the kind of accuracy we have come to expect this season, zipped the football into Benjamin on a back shoulder fade, placing it perfectly.


Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton takes big step (Mon Oct 13, 09:40 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) rushed 17 times for 107 yards in Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 12. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton was pretty close to being fully back from offseason ankle surgery.

Our View: This is the Newton we know and love! After battling through rib and ankle injuries this year, Newton finally looked like his old self in Week 6. The Panthers backfield is a mess right now, and that just means more Newton as a rusher. Now that he's running again, Newton should be considered a QB1 with the upside to finish as a top-5 fantasy QB every week.
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Panthers | Cam Newton dings up arm (Sun Oct 12, 04:05 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (hand) was banged up late in the fourth quarter of the Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He appeared to bang his throwing arm or thumb on an interception, and was being checked by a trainer on the sidelines.

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