RB Cameron Artis-Payne - Carolina Panthers
|5-10, 212||Born: 6-23-1992||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
2018 Week 11 vs DET (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Panthers parted ways with C.J. Anderson this week, meaning more snaps for Cameron Artis-Payne, a player the team has flirted with often - but rarely committed to - since drafting him. Artis-Payne featured in two-back sets with Christian McCaffrey in the early stages as the Panthers rolled out a pseudo-pistol formation with Newton flanked by Artis-Payne, while McCaffrey lined up behind him. Otherwise, it was a forgettable outing for Artis-Payne, who saw less work as the Panthers were forced to go pass-heavy due to the game script.
2018 Week 17 vs NO (16 / 56 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Cameron Artis-Payne showed decent burst and conviction with his running, spelling Christian McCaffrey after the all-world talent played one series. Artis-Payne, after receiving almost no carries this season, showed good patience at times, but at others was too hesitant and lost yardage for his lack of decisiveness when holes presented themselves. Artis-Payne's highlight moment came on a beautiful rushing touchdown with the offense inside the Saints 20. After shooting between the tackles behind some excellent blocks, Artis-Payne dropped his weight and made the safety miss badly in the hole, before bouncing the run outside and into the end zone.
2017 Week 8 vs TB (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
One of the most noteworthy developments of this game might have been the insertion of Cameron Artis-Payne into the line-up to shake up the backfield. There had been reports prior to kickoff that the former Auburn product might be handed an opportunity, and so it proved. Artis-Payne showed excellent burst on his first touch, an 11-yard scamper between the tackles to set the offense up near the goal line. Two more goal line runs were stopped short, and Jonathan Stewart would finish the drive with a touchdown. Artis-Payne was in and out of the lineup in the second half, but only touched the ball once more on a screen pass that was quickly corralled by Tampa Bay.
2017 Week 10 vs MIA (7 / 68 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The third member of the Carolina backfield was able to get involved in the mauling of Miami, but most of his important touches came with the game well out of hand. However, he was able to get into the end zone on a well executed counter play. Artis-Payne has excellent feet at the line of scrimmage and is able, like backfield mate Christian McCaffrey, to stop and change direction with a suddenness that leaves defenders grabbing at air. His touchdown was an excellent example, as he delayed his burst until the gap appeared, before bursting up the middle. Artis-Payne finished the game with a fantastic gallop up the left sideline after once again showing sweet feet at the line of scrimmage in traffic.
2017 Week 17 vs ATL (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The surprise news that Jonathan Stewart would be inactive with a back problem meant more snaps for the scat back Cameron Artis-Payne. It proved to be a wholly forgettable occasion, as Artis-Payne took his eyes off the ball on a toss play, fumbling the ball. Fortunately he was able to dive on top of it, but he committed a similar error in the second half. On what appeared to be a routine handoff, Artis-Payne did not secure the ball with two hands at the mesh point. The ball bounced off his elbow and again the Panthers were lucky to recover.
2016 Week 3 vs MIN (12 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Cameron Artis-Payne showed a nice burst and north-south approach with his touches, displaying a no-nonsense streak of aggressiveness between the tackles. A beautiful run behind RG Trai Turner kicked it off, as he barrelled through contact for 12 yards and a first down. His quick feet allowed him to find small lanes to run through, but for the most part he was bottled up by a gap-sound Vikings team. Artis-Payne had a nice read to bounce a run outside with Carolina backed up inside the five, but it was called back by a holding penalty. It was astory of almost against a stout defense, but Artis-Payne showed the traits that will earn him more touches in the coming games.
2016 Week 4 vs ATL (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As soon as the game script turned the way of Atlanta, Cameron Artis-Payne's involvement in the game came to a screeching halt. Primarily used as a first and second down back, he was ineffective against a stout Atlanta front seven that seemed to have the Panthers' number. Artis-Payne was marginalized quickly and gave way to Fozzy Whittaker as the Panthers went to a pass-heavy offense.
2016 Week 5 vs TB (18 / 85 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With the game script allowing the Panthers to stick with the ground game, Cameron Artis-Payne settled into a rhythm. The Buccaneers' front seven was depleted due to injury, and particularly in the second half Artis-Payne found a lot of gaps to run through. He did so with decisiveness and a bullish approach that continued to eek out decent yardage. The Panthers' offensive line must be credited for consistently excellent run blocking, especially in the second half. Artis-Payne was the beneficiary of a terrific block from left guard Andrew Norwell on his second touchdown run. Norwell annihilated a pursuing defender on a toss left, bulldozing a lane for Artis-Payne to scoot into the end zone. The running back's first touchdown came on a 4th-and-goal carry, as Ron Rivera rolled the dice. Artis-Payne delivered, running behind a Mike Tolbert lead block and diving for the goal line.
2015 Week 1 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie was only given a handful of snaps to work with, with Fozzy Whittaker spelling workhorse Jonathan Stewart. Artis-Payne, if preseason is anything to go by, should get his touches moving forward.
2015 Week 4 vs TB (8 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie out of Auburn was inserted into the line-up in the fourth quarter with the Panthers nursing a comfortable lead. Artis-Payne's fresh legs made a difference instantly, as he showed nice burst on a pitch off right tackle, following his blockers patiently to break off a 15-yard gain. On his limited touches, he displayed great feet and feel for where the hole would be, showing off a little power as well.
2015 Week 15 vs NYG (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
After being inactive for the last six games, Cameron Artis-Payne got the call in the absence of Jonathan Stewart. The rookie running back looked unfazed by the pressure to be the primary ball carrier, growing into the game as it went on. Artis-Payne looked tentative on his early touches, taking the football east and west rather than north and south. However, when the Panthers began to run more power concepts with defined reads he was able to prosper, breaking free on a well-blocked counter play before showing good vision and power between the tackles on a nine-yard run. Artis-Payne dashed for 26 yards behind great blocks from center Ryan Kalil and left guard Andrew Norwell on another counter play, and was involved in the passing game too. He showed good power and speed on a sideline checkdown for 20 yards. He and Cam Newton were not on the same page on a read option exchange that resulted in a fumble. Newton waited until the last moment to pull the football out of Artis-Payne's belly, but the young back had not secured the ball. The blame rests on both their shoulders, but it appeared Newton expected Artis-Payne to take it. It was a solid performance from the rookie back overall.
2015 Week 16 vs ATL (5 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
The rookie hardly put a foot wrong in his limited touches, but simply did not have the opportunity to get into a rhythm. Fozzy Whittaker got the starting carries and performed well with them, before giving way to Artis-Payne on the second series. The former Auburn back showed nice wiggle and speed on a pair of touches, an inside give and a quick pass into the flat. His best moment came on a 31-yard scamper off a sweep action. Waiting for his moment to cut back, Artis-Payne saw it and did not hesitate, planting his left foot in the turf before shooting upfield. An outstanding juke move in a rushing lane made an Atlanta defender miss, then the rookie turned on the jets. It was the Panthers' most explosive play of the game. Artis-Payne was relied upon more after an injury to Fozzy Whittaker, but with the team trailing he was taken out in favour of the more experienced Mike Tolbert.
2015 Week 17 vs TB (14 / 44 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
The rookie found little joy early on against the Buccaneers, who plugged up the running lanes very well. However, the trademark of Artis-Payne's game ñ his patience ñ shone through and the rookie began to pick his spots and burst through the hole at the right moment. He showed some nice moves in the open field after a pass to the flat looked like it would gain no yards; instead, he juked a defender and followed his convoy of blocks back into the middle of the field for a nice gain. His hard running against a stout front seven was rewarded with his first career touchdown, after an audible at the line by his quarterback. The backside guard pulled and the frontside was sealed off nicely by Greg Olsen, allowing Artis-Payne to shoot the gap and score untouched.