| Quarterback, Carolina Panthers
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|Draft: 2011 Round 1 (1)
Ht: 6’5” Wt: 244 DOB: 1989-05-11 Age: 25
|After scoring just 16 touchdowns during the 2010 season, the Panthers used the 1st pick in the 2011 draft to acquire Newton. With Newton leading the offense from Week 1, Carolina scored 48 touchdowns despite him not having the benefit of a full off-season, easily justifying his selection as the top overall pick. Along the way, Newton became the first rookie to throw for over 400 yards in his first game, set the rookie record for passing yards in one game with 432, set the NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 and broke Peyton Manning’s record of 3,739 passing yards for a rookie, finishing the season with 4,051. He also threw for 21 touchdowns and amassed 706 rushing yards on his way to becoming the 4th ranked fantasy quarterback in 2011. By season’s end, Newton had put to rest any notion that he was not ready to lead a pro style offense. If you are looking for any reason to doubt Newton in 2012, here it is. He was held to under 200 yards passing in each of his last three games and over his last six games, he averaged just 194 passing yards per game. Of course, he more than made up for that by throwing for nine touchdowns and rushing for 295 yards and rushing for five touchdowns. At season’s end, Newton was the fourth ranked fantasy quarterback, with his 14 rushing touchdowns helping propel him to that spot. However, rushing touchdowns from the quarterback position can be volatile and as a precautionary tale, look no further than Michael Vick, whose rushing touchdowns plummeted from nine in 2010 to just one in 2011. Put another way – can we trust Newton to average one rushing touchdown every nine carries again in 2012? While Newton is a top five ranked fantasy quarterback for 2012, he carries far more risk than any of the other options surrounding him in the rankings.
| Cam Newton on track to start -- Thu Dec 18 2:30 pm --|
Panthers QB takes first team reps Thursday
|Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that quarterback Cam Newton is on target to start Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. "We did more with him today than we did with him yesterday," Rivera said of Thursday's practice. "We'll increase that tomorrow, then double-check him on Saturday morning." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Unless there is a setback it appears Newton will start Sunday's game against the Browns. His back injury will make him a risky start for fantasy owners. Newton has also been bothered by ankle and foot issues this season.
| Panthers' Newton practices 8 days after crash -- Wed Dec 17 4:32 pm --|
Status for Sunday remains unclear
|CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday eight days after a horrific-looking automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.
Whether or not he starts Sunday against the Cleveland Browns remains unclear.
FF Today's Take: With the NFC South division title and a spot in the playoffs up for grabs, the Panthers will want Newton in the lineup if he is able to play. Ron Rivera indicated that the team will now wait to see how Newton feels after a day of practice. Expect Carolina to make a decision on who will start the game under center by Friday.
|DeAngelo Williams "probably" out Week 15 -- Thu Dec 11 6:30 pm --|
|"Probably" another week away for DeAngelo Williams (hand). (Jonathan Jones on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Williams has been little more than a huge annoyance for Jonathan Stewart owners in recent years. With Williams "probably" out, Stewart is a decent start based on a good matchup (Tampa Bay) and the fact that Cam Newton will not be around to steal goal-line work. On the downside, Newton's absence greatly increases the chances the Bucs will load up against the run and dare Derek Anderson to beat them. As such, his Week 15 upside is probably as a low-end RB2.
| Cam Newton released from hospital, won't start -- Wed Dec 10 12:30 pm --|
Two fractures in lower back
|Cam Newton was held at Carolinas Medical Center overnight for testing and observation.
He was discharged from the hospital Wednesday morning. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Newton was traveling at the posted speed of 35 mph when the other driver pulled out in front of him. No citations were issued. It remains unclear when Newton will return to action. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Tony Romo suffered a similar injury to Newton's earlier this year and missed one game. The Panthers have named Derek Anderson as the starter against Tampa Bay. Anderson threw for 230 yards and 2 TDs against the Bucs in Week 1.
| Cam Newton involved in car crash -- Tue Dec 9 1:05 pm --|
Receiving medical attention at the scene
|According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car wreck near downtown today. Details are few at the moment, but the crash included Newton’s car flipped over on a bridge and another involved, near the intersection of Church Street and I-277, close to Bank of America Stadium.
FF Today's Take: It appears that Newton's truck flipped over at least once. We'll have more when the details are known.
| Cam Newton nursing foot injury -- Tue Nov 11 9:30 am --|
Panthers QB fighting through obvious discomfort on MNF
|Cam Newton isn't just dealing with his surgically repaired ankle. The Carolina Panthers quarterback has two bad wheels right now.
Newton is nursing a right foot injury the Panthers training staff believes might be the result of compensating for the lingering soreness in his left ankle, a source told FOX Sports. The combination of lower-leg issues could explain why Newton has appeared to be sluggish, particularly on Monday night while he was trying to escape Philadelphia Eagles pass rushers during a 45-21 loss for the Panthers.
"That ain't the same Killa Cam," former Panthers wide receiver and current New England Patriot Brandon LaFell tweeted during the game. "Gotta get healthy."
Newton was limping for much of the game and jogged gingerly to and from the sideline between series. Following one of the Eagles' nine sacks of him, Newton was stretching his groin or hamstring area, so he might have tweaked a muscle in that region as well.
Newton threw the first of three interceptions and DeAngelo Williams lost a fumble on Carolina's first three plays from scrimmage. The turnovers led to 10 points for the Eagles. Newton finished 25 of 40 for 306 yards and two fourth-quarter TDs to Kelvin Benjamin. More tellingly, Newton ran for only 6 yards.
"I have to protect the football better," Newton said. "I can't throw the football up for grabs and have to understand the difference between giving my guys a chance or opportunity and risking the football. In the pocket, man I got to do better."
This has been an injury-plagued year for Newton dating to his ankle surgery in the spring, a procedure he acknowledged recently was "bigger than I thought." He also suffered a rib injury in the preseason, which led to his being inactive for the Panthers' season-opening win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In addition to those ailments, Newton is battling a thumb issue on his throwing hand that's forced him to wrap it during games.
Newton's foot issue hasn't been listed on the team's injury report. He hasn't missed practice time for any injuries since September.
Newton is on pace to come in below last year's mark of 585 yards rushing, which was the lowest of his first three NFL seasons. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: While a dynamic player like Newton isn't ever "safe" to drop until he's sidelined for an extended period of time, the bloom really is off the rose and his Week 11 matchup against the Falcons doesn't look quite as sweet.
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