QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 248||Born: 5-10-1989||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 30): Newton didn't have a huge fantasy feast on Thanksgiving, but he didn't need to as the defense dominated. That could happen against the Saints this week, but look for more offensive fireworks along the way,
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2015 Week 12 vs DAL (16 / 27 / 183 / 0 / 0 pass, 12 / 45 / 1 rush)
Feeding off the turnovers from the defense, Cam Newton and the Carolina offense played with a ruthless efficiency in the early stages, getting Newton comfortable with zone read runs and quick passing to Greg Olsen. Newton benefited from outstanding pass protection throughout the game, and it was most evident on two pinpoint downfield throws on third-and-long. Showing excellent patience in the pocket, Newton found Jerricho Cotchery on both attempts with terrific bullet passes. Another outstanding throw came on a seam pass to Olsen, who got inside his defender, but it was the accuracy of the pass from Newton that allowed his tight end to make a catch to both secure the football and protect himself. With a comfortable half-time lead to build on, Newton will be disappointed with his red zone play; he had three consecutive pass attempts inside the five-yard line fall incomplete, but Dallas' defensive backs deserve credit for making good plays on the ball. Newton made a poor error that he has committed several times before, retreating from pressure and getting sacked for a loss of about 15 yards. The play put the offense in 4th and 40 territory, when Newton could simply have thrown the ball away to preserve field position. Despite the overall struggles of the offense, Newton punctuated his day with a rushing touchdown inside the five-yard line. Dropping back and quickly surveying his options, Newton determined none of his receivers were open and weaved his way into the end zone, reaching the ball across the plane. The game script played a large part in the lack of passing attempts for Newton, but despite some missteps along the way by the offense, he did an excellent job keeping them on schedule with pinpoint passing and, on the whole, smart plays.
2015 Week 11 vs WAS (21 / 34 / 246 / 5 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
It turned into a banner day for Cam Newton, who managed to produce his first career five-touchdown pass performance despite starting off slowly. The offense sputtered with an early three-and-out, as the line struggled to pick up Washington's extra blitzers. Newton would quickly find his rhythm and fired on-time strikes to his receivers to set up a red zone opportunity. Off a quick play fake to Jonathan Stewart, Newton fired a pass to his back in the right flat and he did the rest. Newton produced a near replica of that touchdown pass later when he hit Mike Tolbert for the score. Newton showed terrific command of the offense, executing audibles at the line and using dummy snap counts to force the Redskins into revealing their play. Newton's hard count also got the Redskins to jump offsides five times. Newton did not have to use his legs except on a couple of scrambles when nothing was open downfield, and he did this to good effect. On one play, however, he tried to do too much and should have simply thrown the ball away. Instead, he took a 12-yard loss on a sack. Newton consistently found his targets his precision passing, with a beautiful touch pass to Greg Olsen on an intermediate crossing pattern the pick of the bunch. He was fortunate not be intercepted on a target for Jerricho Cotchery at the back of the end zone. Cotchery could have hauled it in, but allowed it to hit off his shoulder pads, sending the ball into the air. Fortunately it fell onto the turf and not into a Washington player's hands. Set up in the red zone, Newton fired his third touchdown pass to Ted Ginn after having to scramble and buy extra time. Feeling the rush, Newton rolled right and found Ginn with a bullet pass at the back of the end zone. Newton continued to see the field clearly and fired his fourth touchdown pass to Olsen in the red zone. Newton used his eyes to look left before coming straight back to his tight end on the skinny post for the score. With the game well in hand, Newton found rookie Devin Funchess for his fifth touchdown pass after being set up inside the five-yard line, firing the pass high and away from the defensive back in coverage. The ball location meant only Funchess could have made the play. It was a clean, efficient game from Newton, who continues to thrive in this offense that he has made his own.
2015 Week 10 vs TEN (21 / 26 / 217 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 23 / 1 rush)
It was obvious from early on that Cam Newton had emphasised mechanics in practice after last week's scattershot display against the Packers. From the first play, Newton was decisive and accurate with his passes, placing them in the perfect position for his receivers. Newton completed his first 11 passes and riffed with Greg Olsen on several timing completions to kick the offense into gear. Against a four-man rush, Newton had ample time to survey the field and picked apart the Titans defense. However, a second-half adjustment to more exotic blitzes featuring stunts and twists up front caused havoc for the Panthers offensive line. Newton was sacked a season-high five times and took a few nasty hits as the game wore on. Along the way he made some poor decisions that cost his team field position, opting not to throw the football away and hold it just a beat too long on certain plays. The indecision led to sacks and killed offensive positions before they had a chance to get going. When the Panthers had a rhythm in the first half, Newton tossed his lone touchdown pass of the game, a short pass to the back left pylon to Ed Dickson off a hard play action fake. With the offense set up with first-and-goal at the Tennessee 1, the fake could not have been executed any better and Dickson was uncovered. In the second half, Newton was forced to run for his life at times but to his credit did not force throws downfield to put his team in a bad position. After weathering the storm, Newton returned to some shorter completions to offset the blitz and had success throwing to Ted Ginn in particular. Newton provided the exclamation point for a hard-fought victory with a rushing touchdown late. Set up at the Tennessee 1, he allowed his blocks to develop and reached across the pylon for the score, extending his arm all the way. It was sloppy at times for Newton, but this came down more to the Panthers' inability to deal with the Titans' blitzes and less to Newton's mistakes.
2015 Week 9 vs GB (15 / 30 / 297 / 3 / 1 pass, 9 / 57 / 1 rush)
It did not always look pretty, but that has summed up the modus operandi of Cam Newton this season: by any means necessary. A steady start from the offense saw Newton lead the team down the field for an early field goal, punctuated by a ridiculous one-handed grab in the flat from Greg Olsen. Newton used a sidearm delivery on the play to get the football past a leaping pass rusher, and the tactic proved an effective weapon in his arsenal against the Packers. Newton was in full control at the line of scrimmage, changing plays and protections on a regular basis. The offensive line afforded him terrific protection throughout, giving him a clean pocket to step into and picking up blitzers very effectively. Newton had to step up and out of the pocket for a 59-yard completion to Jerricho Cotchery early, as the veteran receiver found a soft spot in the Packers' zone coverage. The play showed good feel by Newton in the pocket. On the Panthers' second possession, Newton called his own number at the goal line, leaping and extending the football across the plane. His connection with Devin Funchess seems to be developing nicely, and the two connected on a 52-yard completion down the seam with a beautiful pass. Newton saw Funchess late, but trusted his rookie receiver to go up and make a play on the ball. That play set up a red zone opportunity which Newton converted with a short pass over the middle to Greg Olsen. Olsen was allowed a free release off the line, and it proved to be too easy for Newton, who had only to pop it to him for the score. Some inconsistencies began to creep into Newton's game as the half wore on; he missed Olsen for what would have been a touchdown on a seam pass, and showed poor footwork on a quick slant to Ted Ginn. Newton's second touchdown pass went to Corey Brown, who showed good speed to get on top of his defensive back, giving Newton a wide area to throw the ball into. He laid the pass into the air with good arc and Brown was able to haul it in for the 39-yard score. Newton's inaccuracy bit him later, as he missed Cotchery for what should have been a simple touchdown in the red zone on a quick out. Undeterred, Newton tossed his third touchdown pass of the game when the Panthers had their next red zone opportunity. Firing a pass between the numbers, Newton found his rookie receiver Funchess on a quick slant, and the rookie did the rest and bulled his way into the end zone. Newton made what could have been a critical error late in the game, leaving a sideline pass to Ted Ginn too far inside and allowing the cornerback to intercept it. The Packers were unable to capitalize and tie the game, but Newton escaped with one on that particular play.
2015 Week 8 vs IND (16 / 35 / 248 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 41 / 0 rush)
In sloppy conditions at Bank of America Stadium, Cam Newton did not put forth his finest effort. The Panthers put an emphasis on designed running plays early on to help Newton settle down, but the Colts marshaled them well and refused to allow Carolina to establish a rushing attack. Newton showed good body lean and power on an early fourth-down conversion, barreling over linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. Newton's legs came to the fore on a ridiculous, Houdini-esque escape from the pocket in the third quarter. With the Colts sending pressure and the pocket collapsing, Newton spun before dodging a would-be tackler and breaking the pocket, outrunning a chasing defender and falling forward for a first down. Newton showed outstanding pocket presence at times too, but his best play came on a dump-off pass to Mike Tolbert. Once again facing pressure, he stepped up in the pocket and had the presence of mind to flick a pass out to his full-back. At times, however, his footwork let him down, in particular on a deep pass intercepted by the Colts. Newton failed to step into the throw, allowing two Colts defenders to converge on the pass intended for Ted Ginn Jr. Newton also turned the ball over on a fumbled exchange with backup center Fernando Velasco, pulling out too soon and letting the football go loose. Newton would redeem himself with a pair of touchdown passes in the second half, the first to Greg Olsen on a seam pattern. After a well-executed play fake, Newton floated a nice pass for Olsen where only he could make the play. Newton's second touchdown pass came in the red zone, another pass of excellent touch and placement to Corey Brown, who had run a nice corner route and gained a little separation. In overtime, Newton almost got intercepted for a second time - and what could have been a crucial one - but Vontae Davis dropped his lofted pass to the middle of the field. After that near-miss, Newton got another opportunity and would have finished the game in style with a walk-off touchdown pass if not for an egregious drop by Ted Ginn, who had gotten free on a deep pattern. It was a mature, if uneven, performance from Newton, who coped well enough with the conditions and made enough plays from the pocket to pull out a victory.
2015 Week 7 vs PHI (14 / 24 / 197 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 20 / 1 rush)
Despite throwing three interceptions, Cam Newton did not play a poor game per se, and in fact could have performed better were it not for a series of scattershot passes. Newton was unfortunate for his first interception; throwing a fast ball to Ted Ginn Jr. on a quick slant route, the ball was ripped out of Ginn's hands and fell kindly into the Eagles defender's hands. Unfazed by the early pick, Newton kept firing and excelled at finding his targets off read option. However, his footwork tended to let him down at times and he fired a handful of high passes, including one to Ted Ginn that would have resulted in an easy first down on third down. Newton managed the pocket well, but his offensive line kept him clean for the majority of the game, allowing him to survey his options. The Eagles secondary did an excellent job in coverage, so Newton and the offense leaned on the running game for the most part. Newton used his legs to punch the football into the end zone in the second quarter, executing the read option to perfection and reaching the ball over the plane of the goal line for the score. Newton continued to fire errant passes and had one towards the sideline that could easily have gone the other way for six points. A handful of plays later, Newton thought he had Fozzy Whittaker on a flair out pass to the right sideline, but the pass was brilliantly undercut by Malcolm Jenkins after it initially appeared as though Whittaker had the ball. It was a poor decision by Newton - late and to the outside - but an even better play by Jenkins. Once the Panthers went to the no-huddle in the second half, Newton settled down and picked his targets out with precision. Set up on the 1-yard line, Newton faked an inside run to Stewart before flipping a quick pass out to Mike Tolbert, who did the rest. Just as it seemed the Panthers offense were about to put the game to bed, Newton tossed his third interception on another unfortunate play. Targeting Devin Funchess on a dig route, Newton left the pass too high; the ball tipped off Funchess' hands and landed in the midriff of an Eagles defender. It was not the cleanest game of Newton's career, and his usual issues with footwork showed up again, but a strong rushing attack and a defensive masterclass masked his deficiencies this week.
2015 Week 6 vs SEA (20 / 36 / 269 / 1 / 2 pass, 7 / 30 / 1 rush)
After a stuttering start punctuated by bouts of stubborn defense from the Seahawks, Cam Newton saved the best for last and produced one of his finest second halves in his five-year career. Newton struggled to find his rhythm early on, as the offense leaned on Jonathan Stewart and a controlled, play-action centric game plan. Targeting Jerricho Cotchery on an in-breaking route in the first quarter, Newton threw a poor interception, his eyes giving away the intended receiver and allowing a Seahawks defender to undercut it. Undeterred, Newton and the offense continued to live on scraps, feeding off Stewart and Newton as ball carriers. The Panthers' first touchdown drive culminated in a Newton quarterback keeper. Lined up at the Seattle 1-yard line, Newton ran behind a convoy of blockers off right tackle, with a trips bunch of receivers pitching in with some nice seal blocks. It was an easy scamper into the end zone. The offensive line consistently gave Newton time to survey the field, and he wisely took what the Seahawks were giving him, at times adjusting his throwing motion to an unorthodox sidearm delivery to fit the football into tight windows. The protection let Newton down on his second interception, as Cliff Avril managed to get a hand on Newton as he was about to release the ball, intended deep for Ted Ginn who was open on the play. Instead, the pressure forced a lofty pass into centre field, where Kam Chancellor picked it off. Trailing by 10 points in the third quarter, the Panthers turned to the no huddle. Newton excelled in the up-tempo offense, managing to fight the crowd noise to communicate effectively with his receivers and settle into the game a bit more. Newton led two more touchdown drives, both culminating in Stewart short touchdown runs, but it was Newton's poise and patience that gave the Panthers a chance. Newton produced a strong fourth quarter display and found Greg Olsen in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown on a beautifully floated seam pass. The Seahawks had communication issues on the play, allowing Olsen to run free. Newton held the single high safety with his eyes, before chucking a dart to his tight end. In a mature, efficient display, Newton continued to make a lot of a less than inspiring supporting cast to pull out a victory.
2015 Week 4 vs TB (11 / 22 / 124 / 2 / 0 pass, 12 / 51 / 0 rush)
It was yet another quietly efficient performance from Cam Newton despite erratic weather in Tampa. The fifth-year quarterback continues to exude a level of confidence and poise that until this season has been the exception rather than the rule. After an early defensive touchdown set the Panthers up with a 10-0 lead, Newton made good decisions with the football and in the pocket, keeping his team in manageable down and distance situations. Incorporating designed rushes with play action passes off zone read principles, Newton settled into the game quickly. Showing good command at the line of scrimmage, Newton was able to decipher late shifts in the Tampa Bay defense, something he took advantage of for his first of two touchdown passes to Ted Ginn Jr. Spotting the cornerback to Ginn's side playing off man coverage with a five-yard cushion near the goal line, Newton took the snap and without hesitation fired a quick out to Ginn, who toe-tapped for the score. The pass was another example of the improved decision-making and poise shown by Newton this season. With the game under control heading into the third quarter, Newton fell foul of the wet conditions, fumbling the football on a straightforward exchange with Jonathan Stewart. It caromed into the right flat off another Panther limb and was recovered by Tampa Bay; fortunately for Carolina and Newton, it resulted in no points. Using that near-miss as a platform to take the game by the scruff of the neck, Newton led a methodical drive, culminating in his second touchdown pass. Set up in the red zone, Newton found Ginn on a shallow crossing route, with the underneath Tampa Bay defender completely losing track on the speedy receiver. The ball was delivered perfectly in stride for Ginn to finish off. Newton avoided near disaster on the preceding play, however, tossing a pass late to the right which was telegraphed by Bucs linebacker Lavonte David. David's attempt at the interception was unsuccessful as the ball somehow came loose and hit off his knee, sparing Newton's blushes. Newton showed a controlled aggression even with the game well in hand and could have added another touchdown to Devin Funchess, only for the rookie to drop the football on a simple slant pattern in the end zone. Newton has taken his game to a new level through four games, showing a level of on-field maturity and wisdom that will keep this offense ticking over despite the dearth of weapons available.
2015 Week 3 vs NO (20 / 31 / 315 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 33 / 1 rush)
In a performance indicative of the steady progress he has made since entering the league, Cam Newton hardly put a foot wrong against a Saints defense that offered little resistance. Newton was in full command at the line of scrimmage, checking into more favorable plays and protections. Afforded outstanding protection from his offensive line, Newton got comfortable quickly and began picking his targets with precision. A beautiful seam pass was the pick of his early throws, the football landing exactly where it needed to be for Greg Olsen to make a one-handed snag. Continuing to use the zone read option to create more defined reads in the passing attack, Newton peppered his receivers and relied on his arm rather than his legs to power the Panthers offense. Newton did, however, produce one incredible scramble for a first down. Under pressure against a four-man rush, Newton faded back into the pocket and tried to buy time to throw downfield. Seeing that no one was open, he made a swift juke move on a defender and bullied his way forward to the sticks. The connection and chemistry with Olsen was back in full swing, with Newton finding his favorite target time and again against a hapless Saints defense that seemed to have no answers. After having a touchdown pass taken off the board only two plays earlier for offensive pass interference, Newton found Olsen with a bullet pass on the goal line. The football was thrown low and away from the three defenders in the vicinity, and Olsen's strong hands reeled it in. Going back to the well for his second touchdown, Newton and Olsen connected on an almost identical route and pass. Newton faked the inside give on the zone read before Olsen found some room between two Saints defenders, posted up on the goal line with his back to the defense. Newton duly obliged with a perfectly placed ball. The icing on the cake for Newton came in the fourth quarter. Set up in the red zone, Newton audibled to a naked bootleg keeper. Faking a run behind the right guard, Newton pulled the ball and coasted into the end zone, keeping the pursuing defenders honest with a pump fake. It was a game unblemished by the usual inconsistencies from Newton, who enjoyed perhaps the finest game of his career thus far.
2015 Week 2 vs HOU (18 / 37 / 195 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 76 / 1 rush)
Cam Newton rolled back the years against the Texans, relying on his craftiness as a runner to keep the Panthers offense on schedule. The zone read package was central to the game plan against a ferocious Houston front seven that seemed to live on the other side of the line of scrimmage all game long. Newton did not respond well to the constant pressure applied, sailing a few passes and almost having a handful telegraphed by Houston defenders. His footwork appeared to be rushed in the face of the heat applied up front, with the offensive line struggling to sustain their blocks. The Panthers countered with some max protect looks, allowing Newton more time to see the field. He responded with some precision throws to favorite target Greg Olsen, allowing him to get into a rhythm. His first touchdown pass came against a single-high look from Houston. Newton held the high safety with his eyes, anticipating Ted Ginn Jr. to come open on a double move down the left sideline. Ginn did his part, and Newton floated a beautiful pass to his receiver in stride for the score. When the Panthers' next red zone opportunity arose, Newton made no mistake on an acrobatic quarterback draw. Center Ryan Kalil made an excellent seal block on Vince Wilfork, allowing Newton the running lane. Instead of diving low, however, he skied above the closing safety and managed to stick the landing for the score. The Panthers offense struggled to maintain the momentum and seemed to wilt as the game went on, unable to run the football effectively. On a sudden change after an A.J. Klein interception, the offense got the short field they needed to put the dagger in. Newton, once again spotting a single high look defensively, knew he had Corey Brown on the skinny post. Brown's excellent route allowed him separation for Newton to float a pass high into his waiting hands for the touchdown. Despite the pair of touchdowns, it was an off day for Newton as a passer. A screen pass floated to the left flat was floated far too high and nearly intercepted; a target on a quick slant to Devin Funchess was undercut by rookie cornerback Kevin Johnson, while an interception was taken off the board by a defensive penalty. Newton's lone interception was unlucky, as a pass directed at Kevin Norwood was tipped into the air by the receiver, landing in the hands of the roving safety. It was not the cleanest display from Newton and the Panthers offense, but it was an effective one nonetheless.
2015 Week 1 vs JAX (18 / 31 / 175 / 1 / 1 pass, 14 / 35 / 0 rush)
In a controlled performance by the offense, Cam Newton managed to keep things ticking over. The Panthers leaned heavily on zone read concepts and option plays to settle Newton down, something offensive coordinator Mike Shula has done often in the past. Buoyed by a strong ground game that kept Newton in manageable third down situations, he was able to pick his targets early. The use of two tight end sets provided Newton with extra time to survey the defense, but often he held the football a beat too long and gave the Jaguars defense a chance to sack or hit him. As the game wore on, however, he began to see the field with more clarity and smartly checked the football down to Jonathan Stewart or other outlets. An early red zone trip was scuppered after a good looking floated pass to Greg Olsen was ruled out by the officials for offensive pass interference. Undeterred, Newton was able to string together a nice drive that culminated in his lone touchdown strike of the game to Jerricho Cotchery. Newton fired a precision pass to his receiver on a skinny post pattern, whistling it past the earhole of the linebacker in coverage. The accuracy of the pass gave the defense no chance. Newton did not spot the linebacker in coverage on his interception, however. He tried to float a pass over the top of Paul Posluszny, but it lacked the height and accuracy it needed; Posluszny did the rest. Newton used his legs when he had to, and converted a pair of important third downs with some creative scrambling. Newton will have been pleased with the quality of his pass protection overall, but there are still some kinks to be worked out in this offense.
Latest NewsPanthers | Cam Newton makes history (Mon Nov 23, 05:10 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is the first player in NFL history to throw 100 touchdowns and rush for 25 touchdowns in his first five NFL seasons. Our View: Newton is a strong candidate for league MVP. We love watching what he's doing this year.
link to story Panthers | Cam Newton throws for five TDs (Sun Nov 22, 06:13 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton tossed five touchdown passes and finished with 246 yards in a 44-16 win over the Washington Redskins. Our View: Newton has been masterful lately and had his best game as a passer against the reeling Washington defense. Newton has a short week before a Turkey Day game at Dallas, while Eli Manning will get to pick on Washington next week.
link to story Panthers | Cam Newton throws four early TDs (Sun Nov 22, 02:50 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has thrown for 187 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of the team's Week 11 game. link to story Panthers | Cam Newton doing it all (Tue Nov 17, 06:39 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has six games this year with at least one passing and one rushing touchdown. No other quarterback in the league has more than two such games this season. Our View: Newton is a big reason why the Panthers are undefeated. His play, coupled with suffocating defense, makes the Panthers a tough opponent when a gamescript goes according to plan.
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