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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 248Born: 5-10-1989College: AuburnDrafted: Round 1, pick 2011

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 8): Newton didn't do as much as usual as a runner in the miraculous Week 5 win, but DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel are weapons on the rise and Greg Olsen will be back for Week 6. He's still an elite QB1 with a boom/bust scoring profile.

Week 6: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Cam Newton is off to a tremendous start to the season as he is on pace to set a record for completion percentage and is on pace to have his second best year statistically in terms of touchdown and interceptions. Cam could get a big increase this week as Greg Olsen looks like he might be giving it a chance to play this week after having missed the last three games due to a foot injury. This would be a big help to the Panthers receiving group that outside of Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey needs a third receiving option as they have gotten nothing out of Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright so far this year. The Redskins secondary was burned badly on Monday night against the Saints as Drew Brees seemingly had his way against this Redskins secondary on his way to putting up 43 points. This was atypical for the Redskins who had looked great in their first three games. Josh Norman's health may be a big reason for this as he suffered a hamstring injury against the Packers and did not look 100% healthy last week. This is still a unit with two solid corners in Quinton Dunbar and Norman along with slot corner Fabien Moreau who has played well so expect the Redskins to rebound this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at ATL 67 32 45 335 3 1 5 42 0 0 31.95
3 vs CIN 67 15 24 150 2 0 10 36 2 0 30.1
5 vs NYG 70 21 35 237 2 2 8 29 0 0 19.75
6 at WAS 0 27 40 275 2 1 9 43 0 0 24.05
6 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 21 32 * * * 8 * * * *
6 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 9 * * * *
6 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 21 31 * * * 8 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Cam Newton's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Panthers | Cam Newton comes up short in D.C. (Sun Oct 14, 04:13 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 27-of-40 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins and he rushed for a team-best 43 yards on nine carries while also completing a pass for a two-point conversion.

Our View: Newton had a solid passing day with the return of Greg Olsen and a deep wide receiver corps, but couldn't get the Panthers over the hump at Washington. He'll face a vulnerable Eagles secondary next week.
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Panthers | Cam Newton tosses two TDs (Sun Oct 7, 09:03 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 21-of-35 passes for 237 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants.

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