25-Year-Old Quarterback – Carolina Panthers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Newton is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, so it's been frustrating to see Carolina do such a poor job of surrounding him with playmakers at the receiver position. That frustration...
Cam Newton Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, fully guaranteed, $22 million contract with Carolina in July of 2011.
Newton (ankle) plans to play the entire first half of Friday's preseason game versus the Patriots, the Charlotte Observer reports.
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Cam Newton: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Newton was understandably rusty at the beginning, throwing incompletions on 5-of-6 passes to start, but he settled down and eventually led the Panthers on two scoring drives. He didn't register a rushing attempt during the game, although his surgically-repaired ankle didn't seem to be a factor.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Newton sat out Carolina's opening exhibition contest Friday to further preserve the health of his surgically repaired ankle. However, with the regular season inching closer, the Panthers' signal-caller will start Sunday's second preseason outing. In addition to being cleared for game action, Newton also executed zone-read runs for the first time during training camp on Sunday, when rainy conditions didn't restrict his mobility. Although it's yet to be confirmed, Newton appears to be fairly close to 100 percent healthy and will use Sunday's game to advance the rapport he's building with Carolina's revamped receiving corps.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Newton will rest for the preseason opener, as expected. The young signal-caller is still recovering from offseason surgery on his ankle, and his main goal remains being ready for the regular season opener. The Panthers will likely give Derek Anderson, Matt Blanchard and Joe Webb the reps under center in Newton's absence.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Newton would have likely only played a series or two anyway, so rather than risk aggravating what is now a minor ankle injury, the Panthers seem content to let him sit this one out. As of now, the team still expects him to suit up and start Week 1. In Newton's stead, look for all three of the other Panthers quarterbacks (Derek Anderson, Matt Blanchard and Joe Webb) to see extended run.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)After participating in some individual drills Thursday and also working with QB coach Ken Dorsey off to the side, Newton rode a cart to the training room in order to undergo scheduled treatment on his ankle with head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. "R.V. was going to take him up, work on that ankle and see where that ankle exactly is," Rivera noted. "It’s a chance for R.V. to get his hands on (Newton) and really see where Cam is in terms of his progress." Thus far, the quarterback has been limited in training camp, but with no reported setbacks, the goal remains to have Newton at (or around) 100 percent in advance of Week 1.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Newton was a full participant in Friday's family scrimmage night, but admitted afterward that he is still short of being 100 percent healthy. Now, with an 11-on-11 session in regular practice, Newton seems to be building his workload after having ankle surgery back in March. While the Panthers' Pro Bowl signal-caller is expected to be ready for the regular season, it's unclear whether he'll suit up for Friday's preseason opener against the Bills. Expect his status to be updated as the week unfolds, but don't be surprised if he's ruled out.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Newton has been such a controversial and oft-discussed quarterback it's easy to forget he's been in the NFL for only two years. Newton failed to improve upon his stellar rookie year, compiling fewer passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns in 2012. As a result, he scored 88 fewer fantasy points, leading many to claim he was a bust. Nonetheless, he still threw for nearly 4,000 yards, turned in improved efficiency at 8.0 YPA, decreased his interceptions to 12 and managed to run for more than 700 yards and eight scores. No matter how you slice it, that's one heck of a season for any passer, especially one in his second year in the league. We shouldn't let Newton's abnormal rookie stats cloud our judgment of just how productive he was in his sophomore campaign. One of the easiest ways for Newton's fantasy performance to improve is simply by throwing the ball more often – something that could very well happen this year. Newton's 485 passing attempts ranked him only 19th in the NFL last year. If that total jumps to around 550, you're looking at a player who could easily lead the league in fantasy points. On top of all that, you can expect Newton's rushing totals to remain steady. Quarterback rushing totals are the most consistent of all fantasy football stats – one reason Newton was actually able to improve upon his 706 rushing yards as a rookie. Newton also had 14 carries inside the opponent's five-yard line in 2012 and converted seven for scores, so you can expect the Panthers will keep calling his number from in close.
After he completed just 42.1 percent of his passes and averaged just 5.3 yards per attempt in the preseason, Newton’s total of 854 yards and three touchdowns passing and 71 yards and two touchdowns rushing in Weeks 1 and 2 couldn’t have been much more shocking. If there were something more shocking, it was that he hardly slowed down. Newton was too big, fast and strong to be contained as a runner, and he showed surprising accuracy and instincts as a passer, nearly becoming an NFL offense unto himself. By season’s end he threw for 4,051 yards (7.8 YPA), 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, while running for 706 yards (5.6 YPC) and 14 touchdowns. It wouldn’t surprise us if Newton were to regress slightly as a fantasy option, particularly due to a drop in rushing scores, but it’s also reasonable to expect some improvement from him as a passer in Year 2. Consider that Newton’s No. 2 WR from last year was Legedu Naanee, who finished 2011 with just 44 catches for 467 yards and a touchdown. The development of young wideouts Brandon LaFell and David Gettis could help Newton’s passing numbers improve, as could the addition of fourth-round wide receiver pick Joe Adams.
With a huge arm, a big build and 4.59 speed, Newton’s potential is off the charts. But his one starting season in Division I was in Auburn’s one-read option offense, meaning Newton has next to no familiarity with the NFL tasks ahead of him. For that reason, it’s tough to see him winning the starting spot this year. But it’s also tough to see Jimmy Clausen going a full season without getting benched. Newton's only other competition is veteran Derek Anderson and it would be very surprising to see Anderson get the call before Newton. If he does get an extended run of playing time, he’s worth a look thanks to his running ability.