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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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Summary

Though Cam Newton didn't fulfill the lofty expectations of many fantasy owners during 2014 (or 2013, for that matter), he still finished as the sixth-best fantasy quarterback in the NFL during 2013 due to his combination of passing (292/473 for 3,379 yards passing, 24 TDs and 13 interceptions thrown) and rushing (111/585/6) abilities. There was a drop-off in his frequency rushing the football, going from 126 and 127 rushes during his first two seasons to 111, and also a drop in his average yards-per-carry (to 5.3 yards per rush), and that trend continued during 2014 with just 103 carries for 539 yards and five rushing scores. Nobody complains about 5.3 yards per rush at this level, though, friends, and Newton did miss two games during 2014 (the season opener and week 15) - early in the year he was still rehabbing a surgically repaired ankle and then he missed Week 15 after being injured in a spectacular accident that flipped over his truck. The two lost games along with a lack of targets at wide receiver (rookie Kelvin Benjamin was the only real scoring threat last year) combined to depress Newton's fantasy scoring as a passer (262/448 for 3,127 yards, 18 TDs and 12 interceptions thrown), landing him at #17 among all fantasy starters by the end of last year. Newton has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback twice during his four-year career (in 2011 and 2012), with a sixth-place finish during 2013 and his #17 showing during 2014, as noted above. The Panthers added Devin Funchess to the wide receiver stable during the 2015 NFL Draft and also picked up Jarrett Boykin in free agency (he was formerly the third wide receiver for the Packers before Davante Adams arrived in Green Bay last year) on a one-year 'prove it' contract, so there are more tools in Newton's tool box entering 2015 than there were for last season. We'll see if Funchess pans out, and whether Boykin can win a prominent role in the offense during training camp/preseason. When Steve Smith was around in Carolina, Newton was closer to 4,000 yards passing a year than 3,000 - he definitely has the ability to bounce back in the passing department this year. The personnel surrounding Newton are the big question marks. Newton is reported to be in excellent health this offseason, so we shouldn't see a delay in his appearances during 2015. (May 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 8, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13
Overall Redraft - 63, 28, 40, 53, 56, 56
QB Dynasty - 4, 3, 3, 4, 5
Overall Dynasty - 42, 30, 40, 41, 50

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 CAR 16 280 485 3869 19 12 127 741 8
2013 CAR 16 292 473 3379 24 13 111 585 6 1
2014 CAR 14 262 448 3127 18 12 103 539 5 5
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 319 510 * * * 100 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 315 510 * * * 80 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 298 495 * * * 115 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 324 545 * * * 114 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 60
QB: 7

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Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton showing confidence (Mon May 25, 04:11 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said no one has the size, the speed, the arm strength or the intangibles that he has. 'I'm not saying that to say I'm a one-on-one type of person that this league will never see another… I'm just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person.'

Our View: We love the confidence, but the Panthers (and fantasy owners) need Newton to play at a higher level in 2015. His 58.5 percent completion rate ranked 29th in the NFL last season. Newton has no fear when sending passes long, and the Panthers have added better weapons around him to help that. His 9.7 air yards per passing attempt was 4th-best in the NFL last year, and Newton put up those numbers under a lot of pressure. Only Joe Flacco (37.3) had a higher blitz-per-dropback percentage than Newton (35.8). We'll see if the Panthers can better protect Newton and if he can become a more accurate passer in 2015.
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2015 Schedule

1@ Jacksonville Jaguars
2vs Houston Texans
3vs New Orleans Saints
4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6@ Seattle Seahawks
7vs Philadelphia Eagles
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Tennessee Titans
11vs Washington Redskins
12@ Dallas Cowboys
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Atlanta Falcons
15@ New York Giants
16@ Atlanta Falcons
17vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers