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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 Sep 22): Newton has something good going with Kelvin Benjamin, and he was strong finding secondary receivers again, but he looks limited by his injuries, and the Steelers weren't supposed to be such a tough draw. It will be hard to go back to the well at the Ravens this week, and Newton's status as QB1 is uncertain outside of good matchups right now. At the Ravens is not one of them.

Week 4: at Baltimore Ravens

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs DET 22 34 281 1 0 4 19 0 0
3 vs PIT 24 35 250 1 0 2 7 0 1
4 at BAL PROJ-Dodds 21 33 * * * 4 * * *
4 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay 21 33 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 3 vs PIT (24 / 35 / 250 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

Pressure was the name of the game for Cam Newton in this feisty encounter - or to be more precise, escaping it. The Steelers managed to get a good pass rush on the recovering Panthers quarterback, who still does not look entirely comfortable coming off offseason ankle surgery and still nursing a rib injury. Newton, to his credit, continued to fire strikes even with the rush bearing down on him and delivered catchable passes on a consistent basis under duress. However, after a huge blow to the midsection by defensive tackle Steve McClendon in the second quarter, Newton looked shaken up and seemed to retreat from the pocket rather than step up into it on his passing attempts. Newton's offensive line was culpable for the three sacks on him as they struggled to deal with the Steelers' stunts. Jarvis Jones forced a fumble as the pressure continued to build midway through the contest. As a runner, Newton looked tentative and had a career low in rushing (two attempts for seven yards), but this also speaks to his development as a passer. When he was afforded time to survey the field, he would find his targets time and again with accurate, well thrown darts. The team's inability to establish the run - especially after Jonathan Stewart was knocked out of the game - really put additional pressure on Newton to deliver. He responded with a nice pitch and catch to favourite target Greg Olsen on a well-timed corner route. Olsen did the rest, sprinting to pay dirt. The Panthers will need to shore up their protection in the coming weeks or Newton risks another injury.


Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton took shot to knee (Mon Sep 22, 10:34 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (knee) took a hit to his knees late in the game Sunday, Sept. 21, and came up limping. He said after the game that he felt fine.

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Panthers | 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.
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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 its more sore than his back, Rivera said. Which is good. At least, I think its good. Hes moving around pretty good and hes feeling pretty good about himself.'

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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.
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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.
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