• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Panthers QB Cam Newton goes for 124 yards, two TDs in win

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 11 of 22 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and added 51 rushing yards on 12 carries Sunday in Tampa Bay.Newton wasn't very accurate throwing the ball, but led the Panthers in both carries and rushing yards. Both of his touchdowns came on drives where the Panthers got a short field thanks to Jameis Winston interceptions, thus sweetening an otherwise ugly-looking passing stat line. Newton's dual-threat ability as both a rusher and a passer gives him a myriad of ways to accrue value every week, so an isolated poor performance in one of those two facets is no cause for concern.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart probable for Sunday

    Panthers featured back Jonathan Stewart (leg) is listed as probable for the Week 4 clash against Tampa Bay.After missing the previous two practices, Stewart returned as a full participant Friday. He should be fine to lead the Carolina backfield, but his upside is limited by his lack of contribution in the passing game, not to mention the ample competition for goal-line carries from quarterback Cam Newton and fullback Mike Tolbert.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Panthers QB Cam Newton explodes for 315 yards in Week 3 win

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 20 of 31 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns in a win Sunday over New Orleans. He added 33 yards and another score on the ground. Newton collected his highest passing-yardage total since Week 2 of the 2011 season. Coming into Week 3 action, he had the second-lowest completion percentage and fourth lowest quarterback rating in the league. In those games, tight end Greg Olsen had a total of seven catches for 81 yards. On Sunday, Olsen had eight grabs for 134 yards. With limited weapons on the outside in the absence of Kelvin Benjamin, expect Newton's effectiveness as a passer to be tied to the success of his tight end.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Panthers QB Cam Newton leads the charge in Week 2 win

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was 18 for 37 passing for 195 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's win over the Texans. He also led the team with 76 rushing yards and a touchdown in 10 attempts. While he failed to top 200 yards through the air for the second straight game, Newton came through for his fantasy owners with a strong contribution in the ground game and a pair of long touchdown passes. It is evident that the Panthers plan to run Newton more than the 7.4 times per game he averaged last season, and Sunday showed the type of fantasy return he is capable of providing even with mediocre passing yardage totals. Next up for the Panthers is a divisional showdown in Week 3, when the struggling Saints come to town.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Panthers QB Cam Newton just good enough in Sunday victory

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn't light up the scoreboard or the stat sheet Sunday in Jacksonville, but he did lead lead his team to victory. Newton completed 18 of 31 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown and added an interception. His 7-yard scoring strike to Jerricho Cotchery early in the second quarter put Carolina ahead to stay. He did not run the ball effectively, though. Newton was held to just 35 yards on 14 carries. He will try to lead Carolina to another win next Sunday against the Texans.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Panther QB Cam Newton: Mega contract won't alter style of play

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is set in his ways. He'll continue to play the same way he's always done it, regardless of the five-year, $103.8 million extension he signed with the team, per NFL.com. "Nothing about this contract changes my approach to the game," Newton said. "I'm still going to be the person who's willing to win at all costs, but I have to understand what I mean to this team. We always have talks -- coach (Ron) Rivera and I, as well as Mr. (Dave) Gettleman -- about playing smart and being smart when I'm on the field. And I feel like I've done a great job to this point and will be more mindful of the hits that I take when running, and make this process go smoothly." Newton gets hit more than any other quarterback in the NFL -- he's been hit 578 times since 2011 -- but a huge part of what makes him special is his ability to scramble and keep plays alive. "He's going to play the way he does, and that's what you expect," coach Ron Rivera said. "In the back of your mind, it's not about the money. Somebody asked me, do you think the money will change him? I said no, he already had money. He had the rookie contract and all the endorsements. It ain't gonna change him. "But knock on wood with something like that." Newton threw for 3,127 yards and 18 touchdowns while leading his team to the playoffs last season.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Panthers sign QB Cam Newton to five-year extension

    The rumored deal in the works between the Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton has become a reality, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported. The five-year extension is for $103.8 million with $60 million guaranteed. Newton will earn $67 million in the first three years of the contract. Newton has not been spectacular statistically, but he has been consistently productive. He has thrown between 18 and 24 touchdown passes in each of his four seasons with Charlotte and has averaged 5.5 yards per carry.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Report: QB Cam Newton, Panthers close to long-term deal

    The Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton are close to a long-term contract extension that will keep the quarterback in the fold until 2020, per The Charlotte Observer. Newton is scheduled to make more than $14 million this season after the club picked up his fifth-year option, but the new contract, which could be completed as early as Monday, would reportedly pay him nearly $20 million. Newton has thrown for 82 touchdowns and 54 interceptions in his four-year career, leading the Panthers to the postseason each of the last two seasons.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Rivera on Newton's fundamentals: 'Not as sound as he needs to be'

    For Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to take the next step in his development, he must continue to improve his fundamentals, coach Ron Rivera told reporters. "I'd like to see him continue to work on his position-specific skills ... his technique, his throwing motion," Rivera said at the NFL owners meeting, per ESPN.com. "He relies so much on his great athleticism that sometimes he's not as sound as he needs to be on his fundamentals. "That's the next step in being sound in everything he does." Entering his fifth season, Newton has a career completion percentage of 59.5.

  • by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

    Panthers not concerned about lack of new contract affecting QB Cam Newton

    Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is set to play out the last year of his current contract in 2015. Although the team would like to sign him to an extension, head coach Ron Rivera doesn't think it will be a distraction, reports the Charlotte Observer. When asked if Newton could have the franchise tag placed on him in 2016, Rivera said he hopes it doesn't come to that. "Personally, yes I would," Rivera said when asked if he wants the negotiations to wrap up before the season. "But they have a timetable, both sides do I imagine. Both sides have a plan and hopefully we can all get everything worked out together." Rivera continued making it clear that he's not worried about Newton's performance on the field if an extension isn't worked out right away. "I think our quarterback is a smart, savvy young man, understands the dynamics of the game," he said. "I think he's the kind of guy who's able to focus on certain aspects of the game and put things aside. Obviously, that's a work in progress right now."