Cam Newton QB CAR 2 months ago

Newton finished the 2014 campaign with 3,127 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and also gained 539 rushing yards and five touchdowns across 14 games played this season.

Newton's 2014 season was largely overshadowed by injuries, as he entered the season coming off ankle surgery in March, then endured a slight ribs fracture during the preseason, before a scary December car accident left him with two fractures in his back. Overall, those ailments forced Newton to miss two games, ending his previously unblemished three-year string of starts. Over the course of the season, the Panthers' reliance on Newton to run the ball while operating behind a patchwork offensive line certainly raised questions over his health even when in uniform. Furthermore, a revamped receiving corp put additional pressure on Newton to carry an inconsistent offense, which is reflected in the quarterback's career-low numbers in most statistical categories. Although it was easily his worst season from a fantasy perspective, the Panthers rightfully aim to keep Newton as their franchise quarterback long-term. As a result, Newton is expected to reach a lucrative extension with Carolina this offseason, since 2015 is the final year on his current deal. With the former No. 1 draft pick secured, the Panthers' front office is then expected to help surround Newton with better weapons, which along with a healthy offseason, could potentially help Newton improve his numbers next season.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton completed 23-of-36 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks.

His 90-yard pick-six to Kam Chancellor with less than six minutes remaining sealed the Panthers' fate, but it was a respectable performance overall from Newton. The 25-year-old certainly had his ups and downs this season, but he made do with what he had, and both he and the team can be encouraged with their play over the final month-plus. Look for Carolina to find Newton more offensive weapons this offseason.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton completed 18-of-32 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while running for 35 yards against Arizona on Saturday.

It was an ugly game from Newton, who was bailed out by a nifty catch and run by Fozzy Whittaker on a 39-yard touchdown catch at one point, and a questionable red-zone defensive pass interference call at a later point that paved the way for a one-yard Mike Tolbert touchdown reception. Newton had accuracy and mechanics issues and, while he endured poor blocking at times, he made things harder on himself by failing to identify blitz threats pre-snap. He also seemed to get dinged up at a couple points, so he might end up on the injury report leading up to the next playoff round.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton completed 10-of-16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-3 win at Atlanta. He also had six carries for 51 yards with a touchdown on the ground.

In a game with the NFC South title on the line, Newton didn't need to do a lot, as Carolina's defense dominated Matt Ryan and the entire Falcons' offense. He was impressive when he did throw, and his rushing yards gave a nice boost to those fantasy owners that needed him in Week 17. If you're participating in a playoff league, note that the Panthers will host the Cardinals next week, a team that has really struggled down the stretch with QB issues. Therefore, Newton could be a sneaky option, given that he has a reasonable chance to play at least two games.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Coach Ron Rivera indicated Monday that Newton (back) came out of Sunday's win over the Browns healthy, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Newton may still appear on the Panthers' Week 17 injury report, but with no setbacks in his return to action Sunday, the QB is on track to start this coming weekend's NFC South showdown against the Falcons, with the division title at stake.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton (back) completed 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, while also adding 63 rushing yards and another score on 12 carries during Sunday's win over the Browns.

Playing in his first game since suffering two transverse fractures in his back, Newton showed early on that the injury would not be an issue, rushing on his second play from scrimmage and then breaking off a 15-yard run later in the drive. He connected with seven different receivers on the day, throwing his lone touchdown to running back Jonathan Stewart with 7:07 left in the game to put the Panthers up for good. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Falcons, with the winner taking the NFC South title.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton (back) is active and will start Sunday's game against the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Newton has been given the green light by doctors and will be back under center after missing just one game due to his back injury. He will wear a protective vest, but he still may be a bit tender just 12 days after the accident, so he may be more tentative than usual to escape the pocket and make plays happen with his feet. Plus, if the Browns defense is hemorrhaging rushing yards like it did last week, Newton may spend much of the day handing the ball off to Jonathan Stewart.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports.

This news makes it all but certain that Newton will be under center Sunday afternoon. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is "on track" to start and that "everything is positive" regarding the quarterback's injury. You'll want to confirm his status Sunday before using him, but Newton looks like he will be safe to deploy, though he may not need to go to the air very frequently against the Browns if the running game is gashing Cleveland's D like the Bengals did last week.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton (back) practiced fully Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera said that he "probably" expects Newton to start Sunday versus the Browns, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

During Newton's media session, he relayed that he's experienced no discomfort in practice the past two days. While admitting he must be "100 percent" for the Panthers to clear him, Rivera's eventual decision will be predicated on his ability to avoid an aggravation of his back in advance of Sunday's game. Expect Rivera to make the call between Newton and Derek Anderson on Friday.

Cam Newton QB CAR 3 months ago

Newton (back) handled all first-team reps in the individual portion of drills Thursday, Joe Person of Charlotte Observer reports.

The development comes one day removed from Newton splitting reps with his backup, Derek Anderson, and could mean that the former is on track to start in Week 16 against the Browns. Such a decision is expected to be made by coach Ron Rivera on Friday, which won't leave owners in limbo heading into the weekend.