Has the time come to consider Newton as a potential bust? He followed up his MVP season with pretty lousy numbers that included career-worst marks in completion percentage (52.9 percent) and yards per attempt (6.9), along with his third season with less than 20 passing touchdowns. Of more concern are his dwindling rushing totals, including career-lows in attempts (90), yards (359) and touchdowns (five). And we're not done yet -- he lost deep-ball receiver Ted Ginn to free agency, his head coach doesn't want him to run as much and thinks Newton lost some confidence. For the cherry on top, Newton had offseason surgery for a torn rotator cuff that might delay his involvement in training camp. Other than all that, Cam's just fine! Unfortunately it's starting to look like Newton's 2015 MVP season was an anomaly compared to his other five seasons, where he had fewer than 25 passing touchdowns in each. If we're to rely on Newton for Fantasy, and if the Panthers don't want to rely on him as much as a runner, then he'll have to seriously improve as a passer. We don't see that happening and given the depth at the quarterback position this fall, we wouldn't draft Newton with a meaningful pick. Expect someone else in your league -- not you -- to draft Newton with a pick before Round 10, however.
Newton (shoulder) completed 20 of 32 passes for 228 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills. He also gained 27 yards on five rushes. Newton's solid final line belied the physical pounding he took, one that saw him get brought down on six occasions and, per Craig Reed of the Associated Press, finish the contest with a twisted ankle. He connected with seven different pass catchers and showed strong rapport with both Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, logging 10 completions for 145 yards on the combined 15 occasions in which he targeted the duo. Newton also upped both his completion percentage (56.0 to 62.5) and yards per attempt (6.84 to 7.13) over those he'd compiled in the opener, with his failure to put any touchdowns on the board the one major fantasy blemish on his afternoon. While the expected multi-week absence of Greg Olsen (foot) does leave Newton without one of his most trusted weapons, his ability to spread the ball around and also supplement his numbers with his legs figure to help keep his production at a solid level. Assuming the ankle injury is nothing serious, he'll look to exploit a favorable Week 3 home matchup against the Saints' beatable defense.
Newton (shoulder) returned to full participation at Friday's practice and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Newton was limited at Thursday's practice for what coach Ron Rivera described as a maintenance day. Rivera also hinted that the team could follow a similar plan in the coming weeks, referring to it as "the new normal" for Newton. Coming off an inconsistent Week 1 showing in San Francisco, the 28-year-old quarterback should look a bit more comfortable against the Bills on Sunday.
Newton (shoulder) suited up for Friday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Newton was limited at Thursday's session after being a full participant Wednesday, but the downgrade in status was planned by head coach Ron Rivera to give Newton extra time to rest up. Newton's participation in Friday's session puts him on track to start as expected Sunday against the Bills.
Newton (shoulder) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports. Terming it a maintenance day, head coach Ron Rivera said this is "the new normal" with Newton, per Steve Reed of the Associated Press. Newton was held out of all preseason action due to going through the late stages of his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his right throwing shoulder. The lack of reps was visible in his play in Week 1, during which he completed 14 of 25 passes for 171 yards, two touchdowns and one interception at San Francisco. After avoiding the injury report Wednesday, his limited designation Thursday was accompanied by non-throwing reps in order to give his shoulder a rest. Due to Rivera's comments, Newton can be expected to log a limited practice at least once per week moving forward, but his game-day availability doesn't appear to be a concern.
According to coach Ron Rivera, Newton appeared rusty in Sunday's season opener due to his timing being off at this stage in his return from offseason shoulder surgery, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Newton misfired on 10 of his first 15 attempts, including a wide-open, would-be touchdown to Ed Dickson during the second quarter. While that miss was his most notable, Rivera said Newton rushed his throw, which harks back to timing issues. For someone that played just one preseason drive, some rust was to be expected from Newton. To his credit, he completed his last nine downfield passing attempts, showing gradual improvement he'll hope carries over to Week 2's matchup against the Bills. Along with that, fantasy owners should be pleased by the fact Rivera said Newton's shoulder checked out healthy following Sunday's contest.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New Orleans Saints||32||33.00|
|4||10/01||@New England Patriots||31||32.00|
|8||10/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||16.00|
|12||11/26||@New York Jets||30||24.50|
|13||12/03||@New Orleans Saints||32||33.00|
|15||12/17||Green Bay Packers||9||13.00|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||56.9||3491||24||12||511||7||366|