QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Newton wasn't that imposing as a runner or passer at Cleveland and it didn't help that Christian McCaffrey ran in both of the team's scores. With playoff hopes fading, Newton isn't a QB1 against an underrated Saints defense.
Week 15: vs New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Great matchup. In the midst of the most efficient year of his career, Cam Newton has hit a rough patch. Hampered by a shoulder injury and a team collapsing around him, Newton has been at his most erratic of the season over the last two weeks. Despite solid matchups, he's posted a ho-hum 6.8 yards per attempt with 5 interceptions. He's been able to ride volume to solid numbers, but is clearly limited by the shoulder; the Panthers are even replacing him on Hail Mary attempts. Newton's slide has hurt the value of Devin Funchess, who's primarily a deep and jump ball threat. He's dealing with nagging injuries of his own and has caught just a single pass over 61 snaps the last 2 weeks. However, D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey continue to thrive as versatile weapons underneath. Moore is establishing himself as one of the league's more dynamic run-after-catch guys, with 67 yards or more in 3 of his last 4 games. And McCaffrey is already among the gold standard for pass-catching backs. He's caught 86 passes on the year, scoring on 6 of them and posting a pair of 100-yard games. Those two youngsters make up the new face of the Panthers' offense, and they're paying big dividends even with Newton struggling. The Saints pass defense is fast recovering from a dreadful start to the year. In fact, it's looking somewhat similar to last year's dominant unit. Over the past 5 weeks, they've allowed just 238 yards per game, with only one opposing passer (Matt Ryan in a 14-point loss) topping 250. They looked great against both Carson Wentz and Jameis Winston and now stand as a fairly tough fantasy matchup. Marshon Lattimore has bounced back nicely from an early-season swoon, and he's again performing among the league's best cornerbacks. Lattimore is a gambler, always looking to make a play on the ball, and he can be beaten badly when he misses. But he's also a force in man coverage, and quarterbacks don't test him particularly often. Instead, Eli Apple finds himself picked on most outside, and he's been wildly inconsistent from game to game as a Saint. Slot man P.J. Williams has also been beaten frequently and stands as the clear weak spot here. There are definitely ways to beat this unit, in spite of what recent numbers suggest. But as long as the Saints are controlling games and bullying offenses, there's always a low fantasy floor for opponents.
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Cam Newton's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs CLE (26 / 42 / 265 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)
Cam Newton did a reasonable job dealing with a Browns pass rush that caused the Panthers offensive line some problems, without being overwhelming. Newton started off well, hitting Curtis Samuel on a deep crossing route that showed excellent anticipation. A red zone dart to D.J. Moore looked to be a touchdown, but the receiver dropped it. Newton rarely used his legs in this game but did it effectively when called upon. As the game wore on, Newton struggled hitting outside-breaking routes, the ball at times dying in mid-air. He had similar problems with deep passes, including a toss to Samuel down the left sideline that the receiver had to come back for. Newton and Devin Funchess had a couple of key miscommunications that were indicative of the offense's inconsistencies. Late in the game, Newton became more erratic with his mechanics, two simple passes flying over the heads of his intended receivers. A final red zone opportunity to take the lead went abegging, with Newton missing Samuel on a quick out and Jarius Wright on a crossing pattern. When the offense got one final opportunity, Newton tossed an interception as it appeared he and Funchess were once again seeing different things.
2018 Week 13 vs TB (28 / 41 / 300 / 2 / 4 pass, 6 / 33 / 0 rush)
An off-colour performance from Cam Newton put the Panthers offense in a hole that they never climbed out of. The Bucs pass rush was intense and relentless throughout, and it appeared to affect every aspect of Newton's throwing motion. His mechanics suffered at times and he often failed to step into throws, including on a horrendous high pass to Devin Funchess on a crucial fourth down late in the game. The offensive line failed to pick up blitzers at times and often put Newton in bad situations, forcing quick throws. His first of four interceptions came on a target intended for D.J. Moore, with the low pass over the middle impressively scooped by a Tampa Bay defender. Newton responded with an excellent drive culminating in a red zone touchdown pass in the right flat to Christian McCaffrey, who dove for the pylon to seal the deal. Penalties and sacks killed a lot of drives, so Newton often how to operate from less-than-ideal platforms. His second pick came on a slant pass intended for Moore, but Newton failed to see a defender dropping into the path of the route. It was easily picked off. Newton bounced back with a zipped pass to Devin Funchess on a slant in the red zone, placing the ball behind the receiver to lead him away from an oncoming defender. Eventually the dam burst for Newton, however, and he threw two more pressure-induced interceptions; the first came on a ball that hung up on the sideline after getting hit, the second came on a lofted pass down the middle intended for Curtis Samuel. Newton was provided opportunities to tie the game late on, but the final nail in the coffin came on a fourth down incomplete pass intended for Devin Funchess. The receiver was wide open down the seam on the play, but Newton fired too high as his mechanics disintegrated at the crucial moment.
2018 Week 12 vs SEA (25 / 30 / 256 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 63 / 0 rush)
Cam Newton produced another fine performance against Seattle, beginning the game with 14 straight completions as he displayed poise and confidence throughout. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner made a concerted effort to get Newton involved as a runner early, with zone read plays a feature. Newton bit off chunks of yardage on these plays, with the threat of Christian McCaffrey putting the Seahawks in a bind. An early drive that saw Carolina move down into the red zone ended in disappointment, a Newton scrambled ruled just inches short of the sticks on fourth down. As a passer, Newton was on point and showed excellent chemistry and timing ˝ especially with rookie D.J. Moore and McCaffrey. The offensive line gave Newton a secure pocket to work from, and he took full advantage. His first passing touchdown came in the red zone, Curtis Samuel getting inside leverage on the defensive back as Newton fired a quick slant into his receiverÝs belly. Newton tried to bite off a bit more than he could chew in the third quarter, tossing a crucial red zone interception. The play saw Newton throw a pass high to the back line of the end zone intended for tight end Chris Manhertz, but the Seahawks had excellent coverage. The safety batted the ball down to himself to end the possession. Newton continued to battle and led the Panthers down the field again on a couple of key drives, one culminating in his second touchdown pass, this one to McCaffrey on a wheel route in the right flat.
2018 Week 11 vs DET (25 / 37 / 357 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
With the rushing attack stifled by Detroit for the most part, it fell to Cam Newton to move the offense. He did just that, firing darts early on and at times being let down by Devin Funchess, who dropped multiple on-target throws. Newton spread the ball around liberally on the opening drive, an efficient possession that culminated in a one-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen. The play saw Newton execute a crisp play fake before setting his feet and lofting a pass to Olsen, who had escaped the attentions of any Lions defender at the back of the end zone. The offense stagnated after that point, with Newton the culprit at times, taking unnecessary sacks after holding on to the ball a beat too long. Newton threw an interception at the end of the first half after attempting to fit the ball into tight coverage to Curtis Samuel, a careless decision that wasn't punished with points. Newton looked to have sustained a serious injury in the late stages of the game, getting rolled up from behind. After missing a play, he returned to the game to lead the team to another touchdown drive. The play saw Newton loft a beautiful pass up to Samuel, who made an acrobatic grab in the end zone for the score. When the Panthers went to the no huddle, Newton thrived and orchestrated another touchdown drive. His third touchdown pass was a beautiful touch ball to D.J. Moore at the right corner of the end zone, aided by Moore's incredible route to get open. The final play saw the Panthers go for two points to win the game. Newton was afforded ample time on the play and waited for a receiver to come open. He spotted Jarius Wright in the middle of the end zone, but lofted it too high and incomplete.
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (23 / 29 / 193 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
A relentless pass rush proved a mountain too high to climb for Cam Newton and the offense against Pittsburgh. After a promising opening drive spurred by an inspired Christian McCaffrey performance, Newton rewarded his do-it-all running back with a touchdown pass after he got open in the left flat on a wheel route. It went downhill from that point, however. On the next possession, Newton dropped back from his own 12-yard line, pressure closing in on him from T.J. Watt. Not willing to take the sack for a safety ˝ he was behind his own goal line ˝ Newton tossed the ball haphazardly into the sky. His intended target was Greg Olsen; instead, the football was intercepted by Vince Williams and returned for a touchdown. That play would be an omen for things to come, as the pressure steadily built on Newton. Carolina's traditionally stout offensive line was overmatched and gave up several sacks. The barrage of bodies coming at Newton affected his accuracy, with balls sailing high above receivers and thudding unceremoniously to the turf. The Panthers seemed to get some momentum in the no-huddle at the end of the half, and soon after Newton connected with McCaffrey again for his second touchdown pass. The play was a carbon copy of the first, with no Steelers defender accounting for McCaffrey out of the backfield. Newton was slow to react to pressure at times and was stripped of the football on one occasion after he held it too long. The reliable McCaffrey dove on it to prevent a turnover to spare Newton's blushes. Things snowballed for Newton in the second half, with possession after possession condemned to failure by a pass rush that could pin its ears back with such a commanding lead.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (19 / 25 / 247 / 2 / 0 pass, 11 / 33 / 0 rush)
Cam Newton didn't always look comfortable in this game in the pocket, but he muddled through and kept the offense on schedule in a 42-point effort. The Bucs managed to overwhelm the Carolina offensive line at times, a rarity for a unit that has allowed pressure on less than 10% of dropbacks this season. Newton held the football a beat too long at times and invited such pressure, however. As a runner, Newton was seldom used as Christian McCaffrey found plenty of joy himself. However, Newton pulled the ball out a few times on option plays and scampered for a handful of yards. Newton cashed in with a rushing touchdown on a naked bootleg keeper - or so it seemed. A penalty for an illegal shift nullified the score in the end. Newton zipped a beautiful touchdown pass in to Greg Olsen in what was one of the best catches of the season so far. The pass was thrown high and on the right shoulder so that only Olsen could secure it. Newton missed a couple of routine throws, including an egregious incompletion to Devin Funchess that soared several feet above the receiver's head. To Newton's credit he bounced back when the offense needed a drive - the Bucs had drawn it to within seven points - and tossed a touchdown pass on the post route to Curtis Samuel, chucking it high for his shifty receiver to attack it. It was not a virtuoso display from Newton, but he did not turn the ball over and kept the offense ticking over.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (21 / 29 / 219 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 52 / 1 rush)
Picking up where they left off last week against Philadelphia, the Panthers went no-huddle in the early stages to try to recapture some of that magic. Cam Newton seemed to settle into his rhythm quickly, being afforded excellent pass protection against a stout front. An early drop on third down on a catchable pass from Newton intended for Jarius Wright seemed to take the wind out of the offense's sails, but it wasn't long before they were back on track. Newton fired bullets all over the field and made some fantastic connections with rookie D.J. Moore, who added value to every touch with yards after the catch. Newton showed excellent anticipation on several throws and had clarity on hot reads against the Baltimore blitz. Newton threw his first touchdown pass of the game to Greg Olsen, who got inside his defender on an in cut with the offense at the doorstep of the end zone. The pass was ideal, right between the 8s on Olsen's jersey. Newton's accuracy was excellent throughout, although he had one low pass to Christian McCaffrey that, had he completed it, could have been a big gain. His second touchdown pass came on a fortunate play that could have been intercepted. The play saw Newton target Devin Funchess on a slant route in the end zone. With bodies all around the line of scrimmage, the pass was tipped high into the air. McCaffrey smartly rose highest to haul in the free ball, sparing Newton's blushes. In the second half, the Panthers went to a ball control offense, risking little. Newton added several chunks of yardage with his legs and strolled into the end zone for a rushing touchdown as well on a beautifully executed bootleg. It was a clean, poised game from Newton, who was nearly flawless.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (25 / 39 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 49 / 0 rush)
After a horrendous start that augured poorly for the Panthers' prospects, Cam Newton rallied the offense in the no-huddle to record a famous victory. Pass protection creaked a little bit for Newton in the first half as he would hold on to the ball a few beats longer than needed, taking sacks. Newton's accuracy was scattershot, ending drives earlier than perhaps they should have concluded. Newton used his legs when he needed to, but the Eagles defense was mostly able to keep him under wraps. When the Panthers were down 17-0, Newton finally began to find his feet and his accuracy improved drastically. A pinpoint pass on a skinny post to Jarius Wright set up his first touchdown pass, a slant-and-go that Devin Funchess sold perfectly. Newton's signature play came on a 4th-and-10 to keep the game alive. Holding the ball as long as he could, he took a sizable shot in the chest from a defender, jumping at the same time, and fired a pass to Torrey Smith. The play was a gut-wrenching one to give up for Philadelphia, but it energised Newton and the offense. With less than two minutes to play in regulation, Newton fired his second touchdown pass to Greg Olsen, who sneaked behind the defense with the Carolina offense set up at the goal line. Newton executed a convincing play action fake to Christian McCaffrey, which gave Olsen a split second of extra time to get in behind.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (27 / 40 / 275 / 2 / 1 pass, 9 / 43 / 0 rush)
Cam Newton was forced to play from behind for most of the game after early turnovers killed promising drives. The offense was clicking early, mixing run with pass efficiently, with some scampers by Newton thrown in. The offensive line put in an excellent shift as pass blockers, providing Newton plenty of time to survey the field. Newton connected particularly well with Devin Funchess, who consistently got open on high degree of difficulty catches. Newton lost his composure on his lone interception, feeling the pocket collapse and chucking a ball downfield speculatively. To add insult to injury, it was picked off by former teammate Josh Norman. Newton was at times scattershot with his accuracy as is his wont, but generally he orchestrated the offense cleanly. His first touchdown pass came on a beautiful deep shot to Devin Funchess. Newton threw the pass high on purpose so that Funchess could high-point it, and the receiver obliged with a tremendous play over the defensive back's head. Newton missed a pair of opportunities on straightforward passes; one a deep shot to Olsen that was overthrown, the second a low pass to Christian McCaffrey that, had it been at chest height, could have secured a first down in a crucial situation. Newton's second touchdown pass came on a simple shallow crossing route to Torrey Smith, who lost his defender in coverage at the goal line. It was a controlled performance from Newton for the most part, but one that was pockmarked by inconsistencies and stacked odds.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (21 / 35 / 237 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 29 / 0 rush)
It proved to be a disjointed game for Cam Newton, who had to overcome a pair of interceptions that were not his fault to seal a last-second win for the Panthers. Newton started off in control and was afforded excellent pass protection. His first touchdown pass came on a tunnel screen to Curtis Samuel, who did all the work himself - with an assist from the Giants defenders - to reach pay dirt. Newton showed fantastic touch on outside-breaking patterns and thrived off play action, which was a staple of the game plan. Newton fumbled the ball on a carry towards the sideline, the ball jarring loose after a hit, but it was recovered by Ian Thomas. As a runner, Newton barreled over a defender or two on his way to a pair of crucial first downs. His second touchdown pass came on a flair pass to an uncovered Christian McCaffrey, who waltzed into the end zone. Both of Newton's interceptions appeared to be the result of a miscommunication between he and Thomas. The first saw Thomas stop short on his dig route, allowing the defensive back to undercut the throw; the second was similar, with Thomas settling down on a shallow cross, with Newton expecting that he would keep running to the sideline. Despite the errors, Newton orchestrated a drive at the end of the game, firing beautiful passes to D.J. Moore and McCaffrey, to give Carolina the chance to win it.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (15 / 24 / 150 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 36 / 2 rush)
Cam Newton played a very controlled game behind an offensive line that is outdoing itself. The pocket for Newton was clean most of the day - a forced fumble the only blemish on an otherwise unspoiled card - and he took full advantage. Newton often looked deep to short with his passes, tossing some lovely downfield darts to the likes of Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith. However, Newton's usual erratic accuracy came into play early as he threw passes too high for either Funchess or Smith to haul in. When he settled down, however, buoyed by a stellar rushing attack, he began to pick out his targets. Newton scored his first of two rushing touchdowns off a bootleg on 3rd and goal, taking a gap when he saw it to barrel his way in. Later, he would reach pay dirt again off a veer look, doing an excellent job of holding the ball in Christian McCaffrey's belly before pulling it at the last second. Newton tossed his first touchdown pass with the offense set up in the red zone, firing a bullet pass into Funchess on a slant off play action. It was an exquisitely executed fake that had the Bengals on their heels. Newton added a second touchdown pass later on a backside screen pass to C.J. Anderson, who following his blocks to the end zone as Newton watched on gleefully. With the ground attack humming, Newton maintained control of the offense late on, firing some key strikes to his receivers on third down to convert and get enough breathing room to finish the game off.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (32 / 45 / 335 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 42 / 0 rush)
Despite the box score totals indicating a near-perfect game from Cam Newton, there were many flaws in his performance. He had two turnover-worthy throws as the Panthers clawed back from a deficit, one of which hit Desmond Trufant in the hands, the other a pass simply thrown up for grabs to Torrey Smith that fortunately didn't bounce right for Atlanta. The situation was far from ideal for Newton, who for the second time in two weeks had a reshuffled offensive line protecting him. Newton's accuracy was scattershot in the early exchanges, as he missed Smith high and Jarius Wright low, setting the tone for the day. Newton took a shot to his head as he slid on one scramble but returned to the game none the worse for wear. The hit seemed to inspire the offense, and Newton responded with his first touchdown pass, a dart to Wright in the middle of the end zone. The receiver helped out his quarterback on the play, settling down in a void in the zone. Newton held on the ball too long at times and lacked basic pocket awareness as he tried to lock in on deeper plays. For the most part, therefore, he adjusted his radar and targeted Christian McCaffrey underneath, who consistently beat defenders for chunks of yardage. Before long, those chunks added up and Newton threw his second touchdown pass to Smith, who ran a beautiful skinny post route. The throw was pinpoint and the timing was perfect. Newton was forced to shoulder the offense in the final minutes, capping the game with a pass to D.J. Moore on a deep dig that the rookie took for a 51-yard score. However, a crippling interception prior to that play dug a deeper hole for the Panthers, as a simple check down to C.J. Anderson came off his hands, flew into the air and landed in the paws of an Atlanta player.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (17 / 26 / 161 / 0 / 0 pass, 13 / 58 / 1 rush)
Cam Newton produced a solid, if unspectacular, effort against the Cowboys, as he found himself under duress constantly. The Panthers' offensive line was already a question mark entering the game, the return of Daryl Williams notwithstanding, but Williams didn't even finish the game and more shuffling ensued. Newton offset the pass rush early on with some quarterback runs on keepers and veer plays. Dallas defenders continued to play the inside handoff to the back, so Newton gashed them for their ill-discipline. Newton piled up the rushing yards early and got into a nice rhythm. It was in the passing game that the problems occurred, with receivers struggling to get open and Newton having to get rid of the ball in awkward situations. A clean pocket was a luxury, though even when afforded time Newton failed to connect with his receivers, throwing too high. Newton cashed in on a red zone opportunity with a rushing touchdown - again the Cowboys failed to stay with their assignments. The passing game started to build momentum, albeit on a small scale, in the second half, as Newton found Devin Funchess on some laser passes.
Latest NewsPanthers | Cam Newton does little in road loss (Sun Dec 9, 04:22 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 26-of-42 passes for 265 yards, no touchdowns and an interception with 23 rushing yards in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. Our View: Christian McCaffrey got the offensive touchdowns on the ground, and Newton wasn't able to consistently push the ball down the field. He didn't help fantasy teams and hasn't helped the Panthers during their five-game losing streak. He's not an automatic start and maybe not a QB1 against the Saints on Monday.
link to story Panthers | Cam Newton not on injury report (Fri Dec 7, 01:13 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) participated fully in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and does not appear on the team's Week 14 injury report. Our View: While Newton won't be on the injury report it appeared that the injury affected his downfield accuracy last week. He's still a boom/bust QB1 with a big boom because of the matchup and his running ability. This is about as reassuring of news as we could have hoped for after more cautionary items earlier this week.
link to story Panthers | Carolina's injury report for Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 12:59 PM) - Carolina Panthers PK Graham Gano (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7, and has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. S Colin Jones (illness) has yet to practice this week and is listed as questionable. DE Julius Peppers (rest) was downgraded to a limited practice Friday but was removed from the injury report. S Mike Adams (rest, wrist), LB Thomas Davis (rest), C Ryan Kalil (rest), TE Chris Manhertz (ankle), RB Christian McCaffrey (rest), QB Cam Newton (shoulder), WR Torrey Smith (knee) and OG Trai Turner (neck) were full participants in practice Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Panthers | Cam Newton officially limited (Thu Dec 6, 02:51 PM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. link to story Panthers | No practice throws for Cam Newton (Thu Dec 6, 12:19 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw in practice Thursday, Dec. 6, for the second straight day but took part in team drills during the early potion of practice. Our View: Newton's going to play this weekend, but he didn't look like himself last week, and his injury could affect his throws and ability to take contact as a runner. He's not a strong QB1 this week at Cleveland.
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