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Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Date of Birth:  05/11/1989
Age:  30
Height  6'5"
Weight:   245
College:  Auburn
Drafted:  2011 | Round 1 | Pick 1
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (foot) has officially been ruled out for Week 3.

Newton hasn't been at practice this week, so him missing Sunday against the Cardinals has been the expectation. Second-year quarterback Kyle Allen will now start at quarterback against former Texas A&M teammate Kyler Murray, and he's not a huge downgrade for Carolina's skill position player with the way Newton played through two weeks. Consider Newton week-to-week as he looks to get to 100% and back to his usual self this season.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (foot) officially did not practice again.

Things can change, but Newton is looking doubtful for Week 3 against the Cardinals. We'll update you tomorrow when the final Week 3 injury report with official game statuses is released tomorrow.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton's status for Week 3 is up in the air after aggravating his foot injury, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Newton got injured in the team's third preseason game, and he clearly hasn't looked like himself through two weeks with negative rushing yards. Carolina's starter may turn out to be fine for Sunday's game against Arizona, but if that's the case, the ceiling will be capped, and Newton would probably be best viewed as a QB2 option. Second-year quarterback Kyle Allen is currently the No. 2 quarterback and wouldn't be a huge downgrade for Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore, and the rest of the offense.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (foot) is expected to practice this week.

NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon spoke with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who said that Newton is "sore" but will get practice reps this week in preparation for Week 1. It sounds like Cam's foot is a very minor issue that might limit his practice time some leading up to the season opener, but he'll likely look like his usual self when he's out there against the Rams. Newton might have been frustrated that he was hurt during the preseason more than anything, and last night's scare should be a non-issue soon.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

The Panthers are "cautiously optimistic" Cam Newton (foot) will be ready for Week 1.

Newton is said to be dealing with a mid-foot sprain. The former league MVP has played through injuries in the past, and we don't anticipate this will be any different. Expect Newton to be suited up for September 8 against the Rams, but perhaps this injury can be the tiebreaker that downgrades Newton if you're stuck between him and a couple of other quarterbacks to draft at the deep position.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

X-Rays on Cam Newton’s foot came back negative, according to Ian Rapoport.

There will be more tests tomorrow, but it sounds like Newton will escape with just a minor injury that shouldn’t put his Week 1 status in danger. If nothing else, though, this is another reminder that Cam—one of the biggest and most mobile quarterbacks in NFL history—is entering his age-30 campaign.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (foot) is out for the rest of tonight's preseason game.

Newton is headed to the locker room and has obviously been ruled out for the rest of tonight. Hopefully this injury isn't too serious, but foot injuries can be tricky and lead to lengthy absences. More information should become available in the next 24 hours—if not tonight—on early thoughts on the extent of Newton's injury.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton has shortened his throwing motion.

Last night, the Panthers announced they would be live broadcasting Newton throwing the football at minicamp this morning, and there were rumors of a revamped throwing motion for the former league MVP. Newton's throwing motion does indeed look different, as he appears to bring the ball more right up to his ear for a quicker release. This new motion should help Newton get rid of the ball faster and lead to less wear-and-tear on his shoulder, but it might take some time for him to get used to throwing the ball accurately with a different release. However, Newton wasn't one of the NFL's most accurate passers in the first place, and the good news is he's on the field now and has a few months to get this throwing motion ready for Week 1 against the Rams on September 8. With a new release and heading into his second season in Norv Turner's offense, don't be surprised if Newton puts up the most efficient passing numbers of his career in 2019.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (shoulder) will throw at mandatory minicamp.

The Panthers say their franchise quarterback will participate in "all quarterback drills" during the team's minicamp, which begins Tuesday. Newton won't participate in team drills (likely as to not risk any injury with more bodies around him), but this is obviously a very positive sign—and the best news is that Newton is "pain-free" after his arthroscopic surgery earlier this offseason, according to Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. Expect Newton to be 100% and ready to go for the start of training camp this summer.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton has begun throwing the football, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer.

The hope was that Newton would be able to throw before training camp this summer, so the fact that he's throwing before the calendar turns to June is a great sign. Newton is fully expected to be 100% by the time training camp begins, and fantasy owners should feel confident in his shoulder this season, barring a setback before the regular season.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (shoulder) says he's "feeling great now."

At the opening of his cigar bar/restaurant over the weekend, Newton told David Newton of ESPN: "I feel like I do have full strength right now. But me telling the doctor, that is different than, you know, whatever the clearance process may be." Newton writes that the Panthers quarterback "is following the strict plan of team trainer Ryan Vermillion and doctors to the letter." This is all great news for Newton, who hopes to throw before the start of training camp but is being sure to take things slow to avoid a setback. All signs point to Newton being 100% come Week 1, which would obviously be ideal for his 2019 fantasy value.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton says he's now a vegan and is looking to cut weight.

Newton has a YouTube vlog, and he said that he wants to be as small as he can this offseason, hopefully down into the 235-238-pound range. The former league MVP added that he was as light as he's been last offseason when he was 242 pounds. This change to veganism will likely help Newton get slimmer, which would likely make him faster—a good sign that he'll keep his athleticism at its height longer as he approaches age 30 this summer. The bigger storyline for Newton leading up to next season is his right throwing shoulder, but he appears to be making great progress and will hopefully be ready to go for the start of training camp.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton "has gotten a lot of range of motion back" in his shoulder.

Ron Rivera spoke to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer today, and he said he saw Newton working with the team's head trainer Ryan Vermillion, who said Newton's improved in terms of range of motion. Rivera also said the arthroscopic surgery was as minimally invasive as possible, as they went in and cleaned out excess scar tissue, which might have been a complication from his March 2017 surgery. This is great news, and it comes after Newton himself expressed optimism about his recovery after the surgery. With his range of motion improving, Newton will hopefully be able to build his arm strength for next season back up to where it was before these shoulder issues.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton says his shoulder is "good."

During Super Bowl week in his hometown of Atlanta, Newton spoke on 680 The Fan radio and said of his shoulder: "It's good. It's good. It's better than I thought it would be. With so much going on throughout the season, I was in fear, in fear to see what actually was wrong." The arthroscopic surgery apparently went well, as it doesn't sound like—at least not at the moment—that Newton will need a shoulder reconstruction that would've likely knocked him out for all of next season. The former league MVP probably isn't out of the woods yet, and they'll probably take things slow throughout the offseason, but there's should be some optimism that he'll be ready for the start of training camp.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton has undergone an arthroscopic shoulder procedure.

The Panthers say it was "successfully performed" by their team doctor, and Newton will immediately begin the rehabilitation process. Cam missed the final two games of the regular season due to a right shoulder injury, and Carolina will hope this is the only procedure needed for their franchise quarterback over the offseason. However, just based on speculation about how tricky injuries can be, it's certainly possible Newton's shoulder needs to be surgically repaired, which would put the 2019 season in jeopardy.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Week 17.

This was basically just a formality at this point, as Newton was set to miss the final two games after Carolina's Week 15 loss to New Orleans. Newton's season ends with 3,395 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 101 carries, 488 rushing yards, and four rushing touchdowns. The former MVP also had a 67.9% completion percentage, by far besting his previous career-high of 61.7% in 2013. The first year in Norv Turner's offense showed obvious positive signs, but Newton clearly wasn't at 100% and made some poor decisions as the season progressed, perhaps because he wasn't a full strength. Newton was still a strong QB1 in fantasy leagues again, and he should continue as such in 2019. However, it'll be interesting to see what happens with his shoulder, as surgery could be a possibility.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (shoulder) is expected to sit the final two games for the Panthers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

With Carolina now eliminated from the playoffs, this is not a surprise. Newton clearly hasn't been at 100% for a while now, and it's possible he'll need another shoulder surgery this offseason—if not, he could use these extra two weeks off to just give it a rest. With Newton likely to be out, none of the Panthers skill position players aside from star running back Christian McCaffrey are highly-recommended fantasy options. Backup Tyler Heinicke is not a recommended QB1 option with fantasy titles on the line.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers fall to the Saints on Monday Night Football, 12-9.

Newton was 16/29 for 131 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding five carries for 15 yards. The turnover came at the end of the first half on a horrible mistake in the red zone, as Cam forced the ball to Devin Funchess and it was underthrown for an Eli Apple interception. Throughout the night, Newton again struggled with inaccuracy, and the Panthers now face long playoff odds with games against Atlanta and New Orleans to close out the year. It's possible the team shuts Cam down if his shoulder issues are serious enough, but if he plays, Newton's rushing upside will leave him as a backend QB1 for Week 16.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton struggles again as Carolina drops fifth game in a row.

Newton was 26/42 for 265 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding five carries for 23 yards. Carolina had a chance to drive for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, but things were over before they got started as Cam turned it over on the first play of the possession. Newton is dealing with shoulder issues, but his play has fallen off a cliff—he's thrown eight picks during the team's 0-5 stretch—by consistently missing open receivers. Carolina could find their season on the line next Monday night against the 11-2 Saints, and Newton can't be viewed as a high-end, high-upside QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton tosses four interceptions as Panthers lose fourth game in a row.

Newton was 28/41 for 300 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions, also adding six carries for 33 yards in a 24-17 defeat. It was a disastrous performance for Cam and Carolina, as they decided to run the ball just ten times with Christian McCaffrey (who averaged 10.6 yards per carry), and their quarterback played his worst game of the season on 41 pass attempts. It's worth nothing, though, that Newton (shoulder) is clearly less than 100% after Taylor Heinicke was forced to come in on the final play of the game for a Hail Mary attempt, so fantasy owners should at least keep that in mind if Carolina—now at 6-6—falls out of contention by Week 17. Newton should bounce back next week against the Browns as a high-upside QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton throws two touchdowns in Panthers' loss.

Newton was 25/30 for 256 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with eight carries for 63 yards against the Seahawks. Overall, it was an efficient game from Newton, but he had a key interception on a pass forced to the end zone in a tight three-point loss as Carolina has now dropped three straight games. Both scores were in the red zone (one to Curtis Samuel and one to Christian McCaffrey). Overall, this was another strong showing for Newton, who will remain one of the better QB1 options next week against a Bucs team he threw two touchdowns against a few weeks ago.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton throws three touchdowns in Panthers' loss.

Newton was 25/37 for 357 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception against the Lions. He had just two rushing attempts for two yards. The first score was a short goal-line pass to a wide-open Greg Olsen after a play-action fake, and then he hit Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore for two fourth-quarter touchdowns. It was a strong overall game for Newton, but he missed a wide-open Jairus Wright with an extremely high throw on a two-point conversion attempt that would've put the Panthers up with just over a minute to go in the game. Cam left briefly with an apparent ankle injury but should be fine. Newton and the Panthers will look to avoid a three-game losing streak when they face the Seahawks in Week 12.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers get destroyed by the Steelers on Thursday Night Football, 52-21.

Newton was 23/29 for 193 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, also adding two carries for ten yards. The night started out great with a 20-yard touchdown throw to Christian McCaffrey, but Cam threw an ugly interception on the next possession, and it was basically all Pittsburgh the rest of the way. While the offensive line didn't help, Newton held the ball too long at times, and McCaffrey was really the only offense as Carolina dropped to 6-3. The Panthers will stay on the road to face the Lions next week, but Newton should bounce back as an elite QB1 option.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers stay hot as they hold off the Bucs, 42-28.

Newton was 19/25 for 247 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding 11 carries for 33 yards. It wasn't a huge day for Cam as Christian McCaffrey dominated with 157 yards and two scores, but he's still playing some of the best football of his career in Norv Turner's offense, and Carolina quietly sits at 6-2. Newton is on pace for 3,786 yards with a 30:8 touchdown-interception ratio through the air at the season's midway point, also chipping in 342 yards and four scores on the ground so far. Cam should be considered an elite QB1 for what should be a tremendous game against the Steelers on Thursday night.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton stays hot as Panthers improve to 5-2.

Newton was 21/29 for 219 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding ten carries for 52 yards and a score on the ground. The first touchdown toss came on a slant to Greg Olsen from 11 yards away, and the second was a fluky score where Christian McCaffrey dove for a deflected pass and landed with it in the end zone from six yards out. In the second half, Cam finished things off with an 12-yard keeper to put Carolina up 33-14. Newton needs to be in all lineups as an elite QB1 for next week's home matchup against the Buccaneers.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers score 21-0 unanswered points in shocking win over the Eagles.

Newton was was 25/39 for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding a team-high 49 rushing yards on seven attempts. Carolina had done basically nothing until the fourth quarter, but down 17-6 with less than five minutes to play, they scored twice to pickup a huge victory in Philadelphia. Cam's first touchdown came on an 18-yard pass to a wide-open Devin Funchess, and then he connected with Greg Olsen on a play-action pass from one yard out for the game-winning score. The key to the comeback was Newton finally taking advantage of soft underneath coverage, and he should look to do the same next week against a tough Baltimore defense. Consider the former NFL MVP a solid QB1 for that matchup.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers fall on the road to Washington, 23-17.

Newton was 27/40 for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, also adding nine carries for 43 yards and a two-point conversion. Carolina was able to drive into the red zone for a potential game-winning touchdown on the game's final drive, but Newton threw three incompletions in a row to end their comeback attempt. Now, the Panthers will travel to Philadelphia for a huge NFC clash with the rested Eagles, and Cam has struggled against them with three interceptions in each of their past three meetings. His rushing upside makes him worth a start, but Newton offers a low floor for Week 7.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers beat the Giants, 33-31, on last-second field goal.

Newton was 21/35 for 237 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the win, also adding eight carries for 29 yards. It wasn't the game that fantasy owners expected out of Newton, who had a couple bad interceptions and was helped by his receivers making plays after the catch, but he did enough to get Carolina in range for a successful 63-yard field goal as time expired. Through four games, Cam is on pace for 3,532 passing yards with a 28:12 touchdown-interception ratio and 660 yards and 12 scores on the ground; thanks to the rushing production, he should have as much upside as anyone the rest of the way, including next Sunday in Washington.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton scores four total touchdowns as Carolina beats Cincinnati, 31-21.

Newton was 15/24 for 150 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding ten carries for 36 yards and two scores. Cam's first score came from two yards away in the first quarter, and then he tossed touchdowns to Devin Funchess (four yards) and C.J. Anderson (24 yards) in the second quarter before finishing things off with a five-yard run in the third quarter. Carolina's offensive has looked really good under Norv Turner to start the year, and Newton heads into the bye with 24.3 fantasy points per game. He will be an obvious QB1 with immense upside in Week 5 against the Giants.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers fall to Falcons in NFC North clash.

Newton was 32/45 for 335 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, also adding five carries for a team-high 42 yards in the 31-24 loss. Cam was crisp throughout, finding Jarius Wright, Torrey Smith, and D.J. Moore for scores, and his fourth-quarter interception bounced off the hands of C.J. Anderson. The former league MVP will once again be a high-upside QB1 option in Week 3 against the 2-0 Bengals.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton does damage as a runner in Week 1 victory over the Cowboys.

Newton completed 17/26 passes for 161 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding team-highs in carries (13) and yards (58), including a four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Cam ran early and often in the 16-8 win, as Norv Turner's offense used a some designed runs to let him take advantage of his unique skillset. As always, Newton will carry unmatched upside in next week's matchup with the Falcons. Consider him a solid QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton believes 65-70 completion percentage is "certainly attainable."

Newton says the mark is something that's a goal of his, and he believes he can do it; a goal for the coaching staff with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been for Newton to increase his completion percentage, and Newton is on board. Newton said: "We have a lot of talent on the offensive side, and guys that can take a 2-yard and turn it into a 20 yards, and hopefully more than that. But it starts with me, and I have to be able to trust those guys and get the ball to them." He also added that his mentality has to be to take things as many times as the defense gives it to you. More efficiency should help the offense as a whole, and it should be especially good for Newton and second-year back Christian McCaffrey, who is one of those guys that can take a short pass a long way.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Norv Turner wants to eliminate Cam Newton's "peaks and valleys."

The new Panthers offensive coordinator was on SiriusXM NFL's Late Hits show with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian, and he talked about getting Newton more consistent moving forward. Turner said he noticed Newton "has a large number of games where his quarterback rating is as high as anyone’s is. It’s in the high 90s, low 100s. But in the middle of that, of a 16-game season, he has four or five games where that rating is not very good... So what we’re going to try to work hard for is eliminate the peaks and the valleys and try to, on a weekly basis, make it more consistent." Fantasy owners can attest to Newton's up-and-down games, as last season he had seven games under 15 standard fantasy points; but some huge games helped him be the second-highest scoring fantasy quarterback. If Newton's game gets more consistent under Norv Turner, both his weekly performances and his overall numbers for the season could be a considerable boost.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Panthers quarterbacks coach Scott Turner says Cam Newton is still going to run.

Turner said similar things to his father—new Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who spoke last month—about the team's franchise quarterback. Scott Turner did also say they want to get the completion percentage of Newton (58.5% for his career) up. Overall, the new offensive coaching staff is going to let Cam Newton be himself, which is a dynamic playmaking quarterback that can make plays with his legs and can make impressive throws down the field. But they'll probably help the 2015 NFL MVP refine his game, with more check-downs instead of always trying to make big plays. Explosive second-year back Christian McCaffrey being on the team should help, as he can turn check-downs into huge plays. While it might be tough to top his 35-pass-touchdown, 10-interception 2015 season, perhaps Newton will get closer to that 30-passing-touchdown mark, which he has not hit in any of his other first six NFL seasons.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton will continue to be utilized as a runner under new OC Norv Turner.

This is the least bit surprising, as Newton is built unlike any other quarterback to be able to run the ball and withstand the punishment from defenders. On his conference call with reporters, Turner said of his quarterback: "He's incredible as a runner. He's just an amazing player at that position. There's two ways that he ends up carrying the ball, obviously: It's designed runs, and then he's made a lot of plays where he's kept the ball in passing situations or when he drops back to throw it and the opportunity to run opens up. I think that's a real threat to defenses. Defenses, they're really bothered by that. He's always got to have that as part of his game. He's always got to have the threat to run. Depending on who we're playing, how we're playing and things that are going, I think it's always going to be a part of what we do." Turner also didn't sound too concerned about Newton's ability as a passer, stating that they'll just focus on his technique while helping him get the ball out quicker. Newton's rushing isn't going anywhere, and he offers overall QB1 upside if his accuracy gets more consistent under Turner.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton plays great, but Panthers lose in the Wild Card Round.

Accuracy was one of the big concerns for Newton heading into today's playoff matchup with the Saints, but Newton was on point with his passes throughout the afternoon, throwing accurate balls for his receivers to make plays on. Newton was 24/40 for 349 passing yards and two passing touchdowns along with eight carries for 37 yards rushing. The Panthers scored 14 fourth-quarter points, with touchdowns to Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey, but Newton was sacked on a fourth down with a few seconds to go. Early in the game, Newton threw a perfect pass to Kaelin Clay on an out route in the end zone, but Clay dropped it and then Graham Gano missed a field goal. This season, Newton was up there as one of the better fantasy quarterbacks, and he'll have the offseason to get healthier from his shoulder surgery from last year. Newton will be an obvious QB1 in all 2018 fantasy drafts.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers offense struggles in 22-10 loss to the Falcons.

Newton was 14/34 for 180 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He also rushed 11 times for 59 yards. Carolina was already locked into a playoff spot, but they couldn't capitalize on a chance to win the NFC South after New Orleans was upset by Tampa Bay. Instead, they will be forced to hit the road to face the Saints next Sunday at 4:40 in the Wild Card Playoffs, and they've already lost twice to them this season. As for the regular season, Cam completed 59.1% of his passes for 3,302 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions this season. He also rushed 139 times for a career-high 754 yards and six touchdowns on the ground on his way to an overall QB2 finish. The former NFL MVP will need to make plays on the ground to beat Drew Brees and New Orleans to advance past next weekend.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers clinch a playoff spot with late touchdown.

Newton was 16/25 for 160 yards, no touchdowns, and zero interceptions, but he added 14 carries for 52 yards, including the game-winning score from two yards out in the 22-19 win. On the touchdown, Cam put the ball on the ground on a quarterback blast by simply dropping it, but he was able to power into the end zone after it bounced right back up to him. Carolina still can win the NFC South and earn a home playoff game in Week 17 with a win over the Falcons and a Saints loss, so Newton owners can keep him in lineups as a high-upside QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton tosses four touchdowns in 31-24 win over the Packers.

Newton was 20/31 for 242 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He also rushed 14 times for 58 yards. The first touchdown was a seven-yard throw to Christian McCaffrey over the middle, and the other three came in the second half, with a 30-yarder to Greg Olsen and two red-zone scores to Damiere Byrd. Overall, Newton was excellent in a huge home win, and for all his early-season struggles, he now has 21 touchdown passes on the season and has thrown just one interception in November and December. Cam will be an elite, high-upside QB1 on Christmas Eve against the Bucs.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers get huge win over the Vikings.

Newton was 13/25 for 137 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also rushed 11 times for 70 yards, with his biggest impact coming on a 60-yard rush to set up the game-winning touchdown run by Jonathan Stewart in a 31-24 win. Cam's interception was a poorly thrown ball to an open Christian McCaffrey that allowed Minnesota to tie things up, but he showed again that his legs make him a valuable fantasy starter. Newton will be a high-upside QB1 against the Packers (and possibly Aaron Rodgers) next week.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers lose NFC South clash against the Saints 31-21.

Newton was 17/27 for 183 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also added six carries for 51 yards on the ground. Carolina was held in check offensively of the most part, but Newton played fairly well as a passer. The touchdowns came on a busted coverage to Christian McCaffrey from 21 yards out in the second quarter, and then a 24-yard bullet to Devin Funchess down the right sideline in the fourth quarter. Cam gets a difficult matchup against Minnesota next Sunday, but his ability as a rusher keeps him on the QB1 map for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton rushes for a touchdown as Panthers improve to 8-3.

Coming off the bye, Newton wasn't very sharp passing the ball, going 11/28 for 168 yards. But he avoided turnovers and added nine carries for 28 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the Week 12 victory over the Jets. Newton basically did most of his work through the air to Devin Funchess, who caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, but Newton missed some throws to his other receivers, including Greg Olsen on a corner route for a would-be touchdown. Still, Newton is putting up solid fantasy numbers and is a QB1 next week against the Saints—despite throwing three interceptions against them in their Week 3 matchup.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton throws for four touchdowns as the Panthers improve to 7-3.

Newton had one of his best games of the season in the Monday nighter against the Dolphins, as he made plays both through the air and with his legs while improving to 5-1 on Monday night. He did struggle with accuracy at times, but that's common for Newton. Overall, he was 21/35 for 254 yards and four touchdowns while also adding five carries for 95 yards—with a long of 69 yards on a zone-read. Newton threw a couple of touchdowns to Devin Funchess, one to Ed Dickson, and one to Christian McCaffrey, and it doesn't seem like he's missing Kelvin Benjamin too much right now. The 2015 NFL MVP now gets a bye week, but he'll look to keep his MVP-form going when he returns in Week 12.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton does damage as a runner in 20-17 win over the Falcons.

Newton was 13/24 for 137 yards, no touchdown, and no turnovers. He made up for lack of passing production by doing work with his legs, though, as he rushed nine times for 86 yards and a touchdown, a nine-yard leap in the second quarter. Also, we'd expect a stat correction to call a Christian McCaffrey rushing touchdown a pass from Newton to McCaffrey, as a triple-option flip looked to clearly be forward. While he still is having serious inaccuracy issues, Cam is a high-upside QB1 every time he's on the field. Carolina will look to improve to 7-3 against Miami on Monday Night Football in Week 10.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton, Panthers pick up 17-3 win in ugly game against Tampa Bay.

Newton was 18/32 for 154 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also led the team with 11 carries and 44 yards on the ground. Cam was able to hit Kelvin Benjamin for a 25-yard score in the fourth quarter, but besides that, it was another struggle for Carolina's offense. Fortunately for fantasy owners, the rushing production has kept Newton's fantasy totals up, but he's still underperforming. Hopefully he is better against the Falcons on Sunday, but he did struggle against them in 2016.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton has three turnovers as Panthers drop second straight.

Newton was 21/34 for 211 yards and two interceptions, with nine carries for 50 yards and a fumble lost. Looking at the stat sheet, it was a very poor game for Newton—but the stats do not tell the entire story. The fumble, which is currently credited to Newton, was on a pitch to Curtis Samuel on an option play, which Samuel dropped even though it was right in his hands (the stat keepers should credit the fumble to Samuel, so look out for that in the coming days) and returned for a touchdown by Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson. His first interception was on a pass to Kelvin Benjamin where it went off Benjamin's hands for an interception by Jackson, who again took it all the way for a touchdown. And the second interception by Newton was a bad one, as he forced the ball at the end of the game pretty much right to Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan instead of lofting it over him to Christian McCaffrey. Newton will look to turn it around against Tampa Bay next week, and he remains a QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton runs the ball well but Panthers lose to the Eagles.

Newton was 28/52 for 239 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions while rushing 11 times for 71 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The first two interceptions weren't really on Newton, as the first one his arm was hit and the second one was right off Jonathan Stewart's hands before it was picked. The third interception might've been on a miscommunication with Kelvin Benjamin, because if not it was terribly inaccurate. His rushing score came on a triple option play where he kept it, and his passing score came on a one-yard pass to Christian McCaffrey in the flat. Despite the three interceptions, Newton had a very good fantasy day because of his rushing stats. He'll remain a QB1 in Week 7 against Chicago.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton stay hot in 27-24 win over the Lions.

Newton was 26/33 for 355 yards and three touchdowns, with chunk yardage to tight end Ed Dickson accounting for nearly half of his production. Cam rushed for zero yards on seven attempts, but fantasy owners can't complain about the overall performance. Increased practice time during the week has helped a lot, and Newton looks much more accurate and in synch with his receivers. He has a short week to keep it going against Philadelphia on Thursday night, and the game being in Carolina will help offset their strong defense line. Newton has an extremely soft schedule the rest of the season, and it looks like he's back to his high-upside QB1 ways.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Panthers offense breaks out as they upset the Patriots in Foxborough.

After three games of poor play from Cam Newton, he finally played better in a big win over the Patriots. Newton was 22/29 for 316 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, and eight carries for 44 yards and a touchdown rushing. Things didn't start of great for Newton, who started off the game inaccurate and threw a bad interception into double coverage that was easily picked by Malcolm Butler, but he turned it on after. The Panthers were able to get chunk plays against a Patriots defense that continues to struggle mightily, and Newton was able to go to his strength—driving the ball to his big receivers. Several times, there were receivers wide open down the field, making things pretty easy for Newton. Things probably won't be as easy against Detroit next week, but Newton looks like he's back as a QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton struggles mightily in Week 3 loss.

Newton was 17/26 for 167 yards and three interceptions. If not for a three-yard rushing touchdown (he finished with three carries for 16 yards), it would have been an even worse fantasy performance for Cam. He also fumbled twice, but neither was lost, and gave way to backup Derek Anderson in the fourth quarter with the game seemingly out of reach. After failing in a slam-dunk spot, it might be time to bench Newton, as even considering his offseason shoulder surgery, his 2015 MVP season is beginning to look like an outlier. He gets the Patriots next week in Foxborough.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton was 20/32 for 228 yards in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

Newton also rushed five times for 27 yards to give fantasy owners a little boost. Cam still wasn't exactly sharp in this one, but he didn't have to do much with Carolina's defense shutting down the Buffalo offense. The worst play of the day for Newton was missing a wide-open Christian McCaffrey for a touchdown, as it led to a field goal and kept the Bills in the game. Newton will be without his tight end Greg Olsen (foot) for the next 6-8 weeks, but he's got blowup potential against New Orleans in Week 3.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton is warming up on the sidelines.

Newton was down on the field and limped off the field earlier, but he looks fine. He'll be back in the  game for the Panthers' next series.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton limps off in Week 2 against the Bills.

Newton was sacked and laid on the field for a bit before eventually limping off. It didn't look like a serious injury, but perhaps it's worse than it looks. We'll see if he's in there for the next series.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton will be limited throughout some practices during the season.

Newton was limited today after being a full participant yesterday, and head coach Ron Rivera says it's a normal part of their program to "maintain" Newton's shoulder. Rivera said Newton will do almost everything in the limited practices, they just won't force him to push things too much. The 2015 NFL MVP will rack up a lot of limited practices this season, but it's not a big deal. Newton will be a QB1 this Sunday against the Bills.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton looks rusty in season debut.

Newont was 14/25 for 171 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed six times for three yards. Cam missed most of the offseason and preseason as he returned from shoulder surgery, but he displayed poor accuracy on Sunday, including missing a couple wide-open receivers on would-be touchdowns. Fantasy owners are hoping Newton uses his legs more starting next week against the Bills. He'll be a solid QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (shoulder) is listed listed as questionable for Week 1.

The NFL got rid of the probable injury designation, or else Newton would likely be classified as that. Newton practiced fully all week and will be out there on Sunday against the 49ers. It'll be fun to see a full game with all these new weapons on the Panthers offense, and Newton is a no-doubt QB1 for the game.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton throws TD in preseason game against the Jaguars.

This was Newton's first game preseason after he dealt with shoulder soreness through much of training camp and the team took it slow with their franchise quarterback. As expected, Newton only played one drive in the game. The Panthers ran right down the field on the Jaguars, with Newton not throwing his first pass until the offense was deep in opposing territory. Newton was 2/2 for 21 yards and a touchdown, with the first pass going to Christian McCaffrey on a check down for 12 yards and the second pass going for a nine-yard touchdown on a wide-open slant to Kelvin Benjamin. This should be it for Newton this preseason, and he'll be 100% entering Week 1 against the 49ers. Newton's APD has been steady in the 5-10 QB range.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton is set to make his preseason debut on Thursday.

The Panthers quarterback's shoulder has progressed to the point where he'll be out there. This was expected for a few days now, but now it's official. Head coach Ron Rivera says Newton probably won't just jump right in and play three quarters, but it's still nice for him to be out there. Newton should get some work in the game then be ready to roll for Week 1 of the regular season when they take on the 49ers.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton is "on track" to play in third preseason game.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is happy with Newton's progress as he works his way back from shoulder soreness and expects his quarterback to be out there on Thursday night against the Jaguars. It'll be great for Newton and the offense to be out there together in the "dress rehearsal" preseason game so they can get something going heading into the regular season. Newton is safe to draft if you are having your fantasy draft before then.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Multiple reports: Cam Newton won't play in tomorrow's preseason game against the Titans.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Newton wants to play, but the Panthers aren't going to risk it. The 2015 NFL MVP has been progressing and throwing more and more, but the team is acting wisely by not pushing it. Newton is fully expected to play in Carolina's third preseason "dress rehearsal" game on Thursday night against the Jaguars. If you're drafting before then, Newton should be a safe selection at his current ADP.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton is not expected to play in the team's preseason game on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Newton is expected to play in the team's third preseason game next Thursday. The reporting is kind of stating the obvious—the Panthers aren't going to rush Newton back and force him to play this week, but he should be good to go for the dress rehearsal game next week as long as he doesn't have any type of setback. Newton is currently going outside of the top five quarterbacks in fantasy drafts, and he'll almost certainly remain somewhere in the 6-10 range for your draft.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton is throwing passes today, according to multiple reports.

Newton didn't play in the Panthers' preseason opener as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but he is fully expected to play in Week 1. Carolina is doing the right thing by taking it slow with their franchise quarterback. He can be drafted as a midrange QB1 in 2017.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton has thrown four straight days with no soreness.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told this to NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon. Rivera also said they "don't feel the need to force it" regarding Cam's full return to practice and preseason games. It's a great sign that Cam isn't feeling any discomfort while throwing over the last four days after he was previously suffering soreness. The Panthers play their first preseason game tonight against the Texans without Newton, but it sounds like the 2015 league MVP should be good to go for the Panthers' third preseason game, if not the second.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton won't play in tomorrow night's preseason game against the Texans.

This isn't the least bit surprising, as Newton's surgically repaired throwing shoulder is sore and he hasn't practiced fully for several days. However, Adam Schefter reports Newton is expected to play at some point during the preseason, so that's a good sign that Newton's shoulder should be fine. The 2015 NFL MVP could see his ADP rise if he gets healthy and back on the practice field soon.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton is throwing lightly at Panthers practice.

Bill Voth posted a video showing Newton throwing from probably around 15 yards passes. This should be seen as a good sign, but Newton shouldn't rush back after experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder. It'd be a surprise if he played in the Panthers' first preseason game on Wednesday.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (shoulder) hasn't thrown the last three practices.

After his shoulder felt sore a few days ago, the team hasn't put him back out there to throw. Hopefully he didn't rush his way back from surgery, and it's just normal soreness and he will be back at practice soon.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Head coach Ron Rivera "didn't want to push" Newton's shoulder after it was sore during warmups.

Rivera made the correct decision regarding his franchise quarterback with well over a month until the regular season as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Barring an unforeseen new injury or setback, Newton is going to be fine for Week 1. He's a solid bounce-back candidate after the Panthers added Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to boost the passing game.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton says he "took last season real personal."

The Panthers quarterback added, "this is not just another year." After a great 2015 MVP season in which the Panthers went to the Super Bowl and Newton scored 45 total touchdowns, Newton took a step back with accuracy last season and the team struggled. When asked about running less this year, Newton said "that's my edge...you don't expect a Lion not to roar?" Newton said he's going to continue to use his great running ability to his ability and take what the defense gives him, adding that he wants to win "in the worst way" and will do what is necessary to win. The team—and Newton himself—said during the offseason that they want to get the ball in the hands of playmakers more and that Newton doesn't need to do it all alone. Well, the 6'5" quarterback made it clear, while he'll get the ball to the players around him, he isn't going to stop running the ball. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too worried about Newton not running as much as usual in 2017.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Ron Rivera: "wouldn't say" if Cam Newton would  be 100% healthy going into training camp.

Of course, Newton underwent offseason shoulder surgery to his right arm, but he's been throwing the football at least. The Panthers will likely play it slow with their franchise quarterback, and it would be a surprise if he wasn't out there for Week 1 against the Niners. Newton is a good bounce back candidate after Carolina added Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to the offense in the NFL Draft. He's currently going as a mid-range QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing with teammates.

We know for certain Newton started throwing in the locker room last month, but he apparently has ramped it up enough to throw to his receivers. According to Max Henson of the Panthers' official website, head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is currently in Baltimore working out with teammates, and that "the shoulder must be fine." It's looking like Newton could be 100% for the start of training camp, which is a good sign for someone looking to have a bounce back season in 2017. Newton's ADP is currently in the sixth round and has been rising.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Panthers HC Ron Rivera indicates change in the team's offense this season.

Rivera was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said the Panthers need to be "judicious" about how much they run Cam Newton, adding "the best thing" is to get the ball out quickly. The Panthers head coach talked of the teams additions—particularly Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, the team's first two picks in the 2017 draft—and Newton getting the ball to the people around him. Newton himself talked recently of wanting to trust his teammates more and allow them to be playmakers for him. While Cam still has big touchdown potential on the ground, he had his worst season running the ball last year, which is something that may be more in line with his production from now on. However, if he improves his passing Newton can still be a top-level QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton says he's "hands down" thinner than he's ever been in the offseason.

You might think it's because Newton hasn't been able to workout as hard while recovering from shoulder surgery, but Newton has been making changes to his diet to cut out sweets. The 28-year-old quarterback realizes he's getting old and can't just eat a bunch of junk food and perform at a high level. Newton said the prime of his career "better be now," and that he doesn't want to look back when he's 40 and say, "dang, when I was 28 and we had this talent around us, I didn't maximize it." Newton also said he realizes he doesn't need to "always be the playmaker" and should give his teammates opportunities to make plays. The former first overall pick sounds like he is committed to being the best player he can be after a down 2016 season. He has a lot of good players around him and might have a huge bounce back season.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton has resumed throwing.

Newton underwent shoulder surgery for his partially torn rotator cuff on March 30, and his rehab is right on schedule with him throwing again. The 2015 MVP made some simple throws in the locker room, which is shown in a video from the Panthers in the link below. He's working to get his range of motion back after not throwing for nearly three months. It's great that Newton is throwing about a month before training camp, and he said there is "no doubt" he will be 100% by then. The Panthers quarterback will acclimate to his new weapons and look to make improvements to his accuracy after struggling with it at times last season while completing a by-far career-low 52.9% of his passes. Just one season removed from a dominant season, Newton isn't a bad pick based on his current eighth round average draft position.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton isn't throwing at Panthers mini camp.

Head coach Ron Rivera said last week that Newton was probably going to throw on the side, but that won't happen. It's not a setback, and the team is just taking it slow with their franchise quarterback as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. The original timeline was for Newton to throw on June 22—twelve weeks after surgery, so Rivera was off by a week when he said Newton would throw. Cam should be good for training camp.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton might throw at the team's minicamp next week.

It will likely be throwing on the side. Newton underwent shoulder surgery at the end of March, so his throwing would be a good sign of no setbacks. Newton is expected to be 100% and practice with the team for the beginning of training camp. Newton is looking to bounce back this season after he took a step back from his MVP 2015 season.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Panthers announce Cam Newton underwent shoulder surgery this morning in Charlotte.

The team announced that Newton "is projected to return to action for training camp." Newton will be ready for Week 1, and ideally he'd get in a full camp. The former MVP is a good bounce back candidate and he should be a solid QB1 in 2017.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton will "without a doubt" be ready for the start of next season, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told Judy Battista.

Newton has a partially torn rotator cuff and is undergoing surgery on March 30. He might be ready for the start of training camp, and he will certainly be good for Week 1. Despite the shoulder surgery, Newton should be drafted as a QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton is undergoing shoulder surgery.

Newton has a partially torn rotator cuff and will get surgery on March 30. He injured the shoulder in Week 14 against the Chargers, and did not miss any time because of it. Newton struggled towards the end of the season, and this obviously may have been affecting him. The goal is to have Newton by the start of training camp. The injury hopefully won't affect him too much in the future, but it shows despite his Superman stature, Newton takes a lot of punishment and can be injured.

Cam Newton finishes season on a low-note.

Newton was 18/32 for 237 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in a 17-16 loss to the Bucs. The reigning NFL MVP completing just 270-of-510 (52.9%) passes for 3,509 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions as the Panthers missed the playoffs with a 6-10 record. Newton also had his least productive season on the ground, rushing for 359 yards and five touchdowns. An early-round pick in many fantasy drafts, Newton did not live up to expectations, but he should bounce back in 2017.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton throws below 50% completion percentage again.

Newton was 18/43 for 198 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions against the Falcons. Newton has struggled all year as a passer, and will look to get things going in the right direction heading into 2017. Cam is just a back-end QB1 against the Bucs.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton finally has a good game passing.

Newton was 21/37 for 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Redskins on Monday Night Football. The decimated Redskins defense struggled to stop the Panthers, and there were people running free in the secondary throughout the game. Newton avoided being the first passer in nearly 30 years to go five straight games with over 25 attempts and under 50% completion percentage. Newton will try to keep it going in the fantasy championship against the Falcons. He'll be a QB1.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton struggles again; Panthers get win over Chargers.

Newton was 10/27 for 160 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against San Diego. He also had eight carries for 31 yards. Newton has struggled mightily as a passer this season after his MVP campaign in 2015. Newton is barely a QB1 at this point and hasn't topped 20 fantasy points since Week 10, after easily averaging over 20 fantasy PPG last season.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam benched to start SNF game for dress code violation.

Derek Anderson started the game and threw an interception on the first play after Mike Tolbert allowed the pass to go right through his hands; Newton was in the next series. Cam was 14/32 for 182 yards and one touchdown, adding three carries for 12 yards in the 40-7 blowout loss in Seattle. Somehow, this was Newton's third straight game with exactly 14 completions. He's barely a QB1 for the fantasy playoffs.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam can't capitalize in shootout with Raiders.

The Panthers lost 35-32, and Newton was 14/29 for 246 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, adding six yards and a score on three carries. Cam and the Panthers are now 4-7 and look out of contention for the playoffs. Even in an absolute must-win on Sunday night against the Seahawks in Seattle, Newton might be better left on the bench for fantasy owners.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam Newton was 14/33 for 192 yards and one touchdown in Thursday night's win.

He added seven yards on five rushes. So, it was not the performance fantasy owners were hoping for from Newton. The Saints defense is actually getting better, and they applied a lot of pressure to Newton early and often. The reigning MVP did make a great throw to Kelvin Benjamin late in the game to basically seal it for Carolina, but 14/33 passing is very surprising. Cam no longer looks like the elite option from a year ago, but he has another chance at a shootout next week versus Derek Carr and the Raiders.

Cam Newton | Panthers QB

Cam, Panthers blow 14-point 4th quarter lead.

Newton was 23/38 for 261 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He also did damage on the ground, rushing 12 times for 54 yards and 1 touchdown. Up 17-6 in the 4th quarter, the reigning NFL MVP threw an interception that Eric Berry returned for a touchdown to make it 17-14. Then, the Panthers offense couldn't sustain a drive, and the Chiefs kicked a field goal to tie it up. On Carolina's final real possession, Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin, essentially handing Kansas City the game. Fantasy owners will take the production for this week, but the loss gives the Panthers a 3-6 record. Cam will be an elite QB1 this Thursday in what amounts to a must-win against the Saints.

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