Schedule

Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
vs 10 19
@ 8 18
vs 5 16
vs 11 19
vs 13 19
@ 3 16
vs 24 20
@ 30 22
@ 14 19
vs 30 22
@ 29 21
vs 6 17
BYE
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@ 18 19
vs 20 20
vs 28 21
@ 24 20
@ 5 16
Player Outlook
Newton spent the first half of 2021 looking for a job following an uninspiring season as Patriots starter that saw the former MVP throw only eight touchdowns in 15 starts. He eventually reunited with the Panthers in November and saw action in eight games, including five starts (all losses). His completion percentage was the second lowest of his career, while he threw interceptions at a higher clip than ever before. While he can still flash as a runner, it's possible 2021 was his final chance to see regular playing time, as he remains a free agent at time of this writing despite Carolina's QB situation being no better now than it was in November. Newton isn't worth rostering in Fantasy leagues until he joins a team and appears in line to play regularly.

Fantasy Stats

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Passing Yards
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Touchdown Passes
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Interceptions Thrown
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Rushing Yards
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Rushing Touchdowns
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Fantasy Points
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Fantasy Points per Game
2022
2021 684 4 5 230 5 9411.8
2020 2657 8 10 592 12 27418.3
3y Avg. 1304 4 5 273 6 13016.3
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Fantasy News

  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Open to backup job

    Newton said Monday that he's open to accepting a backup role in the future, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Newton is a pending unrestricted free agent, and though his reunion with Carolina proved to be a disappoitment, he has at least proven that he's back to full health and still a dangerous threat on the ground. Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports that Newton wishes for his next home to be with a competitive team, rather than a 5-12 operation such as the Panthers, who finished the 2021 regular season at the bottom of the NFC South standings.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Plays one snap

    Newton rushed for five yards on his only snap played in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints. Newton hardly saw the field in a close game despite Sam Darnold struggling to move the ball. While Newton should remain available, coach Matt Rhule said Monday he expects Darnold to be the starter Week 18 versus the Buccaneers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. That situation makes Newton's involvement difficult to project, especially after Sunday's season-low snap count, but he potentially could be a factor in favorable running situations, including in the red zone.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Could have goal-line role

    Newton could be used in short-yardage and goal-line situations Sunday against the Saints, but coach Matt Rhule didn't elaborate on roles beyond naming Sam Darnold as the starter for Week 17, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Newton wasn't doing much as the starter, in any case, even with his rushing stats factored in. While Darnold doesn't figure to be a whole lot better overall, his style of play at least appears more favorable for the pass catchers, apart from his lack of chemistry with Robby Anderson. Newton could poach some goal-line looks this Sunday but isn't likely to get many pass attempts.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Cedes majority of snaps to Darnold

    Newton started Sunday's 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers but completed just seven of 13 passes for 61 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and rushed five times for 42 yards. Newton initially was subbed out for Sam Darnold (shoulder) after throwing an interception with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter, and while he did reenter the game after that point, he ultimately put up 19 fewer attempts than his position mate. David Newton of ESPN.com reports that head coach Matt Rhule was non-committal about who will start the Week 17 road matchup against the Saints, but it seems clear that with a 5-10 record and nothing but next season to play for, the embattled head coach won't hesitate to rotate both signal-callers fairly liberally throughout a game depending on circumstances.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: May lose starting job after Week 16

    Newton will start Sunday's game against the Buccaneers but is expected to cede snaps to Sam Darnold (shoulder), who could supplant Newton as the team's starter for the final two games of the regular season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Newton's return to Carolina hasn't been an overly successful one, as the Panthers have gone 0-4 in his starts while he's completed only 54.1 percent of his throws for 5.6 yards per attempt. He's looked better from a fantasy perspective thanks to the 169 rushing yards and four scores on the ground he's accrued during that stretch, but as a 32-year-old veteran on an expiring deal, Newton may be less of a priority for the 5-9 Panthers than Darnold, who resumed practicing Wednesday and will put an end to a six-week absence Sunday after he was reinstated from injured reserve. Rapoport's report notes that if Darnold fares well in his initial snaps Sunday, he could end up playing a substantial amount, which makes it difficult to trust Newton in weekly leagues. Head coach Matt Rhule will then likely weigh the Week 16 performances of both quarterbacks before determining which of the two will get the starting nod in the penultimate game of the regular season next week in New Orleans.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: To share time under center

    Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that the plan is for both Newton and P.J. Walker to see playing time under center, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Newton struggled to get much going through the air against Atlanta's mediocre secondary during Sunday's 29-21 loss, completing just 15 of 23 passes for 178 yards and an interception, but Rhule did say after the game that the one-time NFL MVP remains Carolina's starting quarterback. That said, Newton was benched with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter for Walker, who completed six of 12 passes for 75 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Slippery hands plagued both quarterbacks, as Newton also fumbled twice, losing one, and Walker fumbled once but recovered the ball. Carolina will travel to Buffalo for a difficult Week 15 matchup, and while the initial game plan seems as though it will involve Newton and Walker, both signal-callers could have a short leash.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Mediocre numbers before benching

    Newton completed 15 of 23 passes for 178 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and added 47 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes in the Panthers' 29-21 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He also committed two fumbles, losing one, and he was replaced by P.J. Walker with 6:10 remaining in the contest. Newton struggled to get much going through the air after capping off a nine-play, 65-yard march with a 12-yard rushing touchdown on Carolina's first possession of the contest. The veteran struggled with ball security, and his second-quarter interception at the Falcons' 36-yard line was returned for a touchdown by Mykal Walker to snap a 7-7 tie at the time. Newton was finally pulled by head coach Matt Rhule after taking a 10-yard loss on a sack with 9:59 remaining in the game, with Walker taking over the next time the Panthers had the ball. David Newton of ESPN.com reports Rhule noted after the game that Cam is still the starting quarterback but that the turnovers must be curtailed. The one-time NFL MVP's next opportunity to secure his grip on the starting job is far from an ideal one, as Carolina travels to Buffalo in Week 15.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Benched in second start

    Newton completed just five of 21 passes for 92 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Panthers' 33-10 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed three times for five yards and a touchdown and was benched in favor of P.J. Walker with 10:58 remaining, Ellis Williams of The Charlotte Observer reports. The feel-good story of Newton's return to Carolina appeared well on its way to adding another chapter early in Sunday's contest, as the veteran completed a 64-yard pass to DJ Moore and finished off the drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown three plays later. However, those would prove to be the highlights of the afternoon for both Newton and the Panthers, as he completed just four more passes and threw the pair of picks in his own territory, the second one leading to a Dolphins touchdown. Although Newton showed some flashes in a Week 11 loss to Washington, his first start since last season, Sunday naturally represented a step back. Given the context under which Newton was brought on earlier in November and the fact Walker didn't really fare any better leading the offense, the former is expected to be back under center for a Week 14 divisional matchup against the Falcons.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Produces three touchdowns

    Newton completed 21 of 27 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington. He also rushed 10 times for 46 yards and another score. Newton, making his first start of the season, opened the scoring with a 10-yard pass to DJ Moore in the first quarter. The signal-caller then took off for a 24-yard touchdown run during the second, scoring through the air and on the ground in back-to-back outings. With a 27-yard touchdown to tailback Christian McCaffrey to tie the game later on, Newton turned in an impressive overall performance just 10 days after rejoining the Panthers. Although his efforts weren't enough for a victory, Newton's signature dual-threat ability has his stock trending up ahead of Week 12's matchup versus the Dolphins.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Named starter for Sunday

    Coach Matt Rhule confirmed Friday that Newton will start Sunday's game against Washington, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Rhule also said fellow QB P.J. Walker will "probably" get playing time without elaborating on what exactly that means. Newton's rushing prowess, especially near the goal line, gives him some fantasy upside without much passing production, but it does become a harder sell if the Panthers are subbing Walker in on even a semi-regular basis. Of course, it's also possible Rhule is bluffing, or else leaving the door open to give Walker some snaps if Newton struggles early. Whatever the case, Newton is Carolina's starting quarterback again, at least for Week 11.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Trending toward start

    Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that things are "trending toward" Newton being the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Washington, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports. Rhule said both Newton and P.J. Walker will prepare to play, with the team potentially installing different packages to keep two signal-callers involved. Walker dominated most of the snaps behind center in the Week 10 win over Arizona, though Newton managed a rushing score and a passing touchdowns across his nine plays. In terms of fantasy value, Walker wouldn't offer much in a starting role with Newton poaching red-zone work off the bench, but Newton himself carries a degree of upside if and when he takes over as the full-time signal-caller. Whether that happens this Sunday is yet to be determined.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Getting starting reps in practice

    Newton will handle most of the No. 1 practice reps heading into Week 11's matchup against Washington, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports. Newton scored twice in his first action of the season during Sunday's win over the Cardinals, but he only touched the ball seven times. If he can get up to speed with Carolina's new playbook in time to face Washington in Week 11, it appears that Newton could officially return to the starting lineup for the Panthers. If not, P.J. Walker will stand to draw another start, with Newton potentially mixing in for situational snaps again.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Scores twice in 2021 debut

    Newton completed three of four passes for eight yards and a touchdown while rushing three times for 14 yards and another score in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals. Newton announced his return to the Panthers by producing touchdowns on his first two plays. He first rushed in from two yards on Carolina's opening drive before finding Robby Anderson for a two-yard passing score to cap the second series. In doing so, he made an immediate impact through the same dual-threat ability that made him a Panthers legend over his previous nine years with the franchise. Going forward, it remains to be seen whether Newton or P.J. Walker -- who completed 22 of 29 passes for 167 yards but threw an interception and lost a fumble Sunday -- will start at quarterback in Sam Darnold's (shoulder) absence, but Newton certainly made a strong impression in his brief season debut.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Available Sunday

    Newton is active for Sunday's game at Arizona, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Newton played the waiting game since the Patriots cut him back in August, eventually landing in a familiar environment. The Panthers were in need of quarterback depth after Sam Darnold went down with a broken right scapula last Sunday, which may not allow him to return this season. Newton won't start right away due to his lack of practice reps -- Carolina held a walkthrough Friday and full session Saturday -- so he'll be behind P.J. Walker in the pecking order Week 10. But the fact Newton is available may imply he has a package of plays if the situation calls for them Sunday.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Could be available Sunday

    Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said that he hasn't ruled Newton out from suiting up in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, after the quarterback returned to Carolina on a one-year deal Thursday, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports. For now, P.J. Walker still appears likely to draw the Week 10 start in place of the injured Sam Darnold (shoulder), but neither Rhule nor general manager Scott Fitterer dismissed the idea of Newton being available Sunday, depending on how quickly the 32-year-old can pick up the team's playbook, per Alexander. Even if he doesn't make his 2021 debut this weekend, Newton should get the opportunity to start before long, given that Darnold is expected to be sidelined for several weeks. Furthermore, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Newton's deal guarantees him $4.5 million plus an additional $1.5 million in roster bonuses, and that sort of compensation suggests Newton isn't rejoining Carolina just to hold a clipboard. Newton is far removed from the MVP season he submitted in 2015 during the Panthers' second trip to the Super Bowl, and even though he wasn't especially effective from a real-life standpoint as a 15-game starter for the Patriots last season, he was still a useful fantasy option on the strength of his rushing ability. He helped offset a lowly 8:10 TD:INT and an NFL-low 171.1 passing yards per game by racking up 592 yards and 12 scores on the ground.
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  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Strikes deal with Carolina

    Newton signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Thursday, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports. After a brief meeting with head coach Matt Rhule and the team brass earlier Thursday, Newton was able to quickly come to terms with the organization that selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The addition of the 32-year-old Newton gives the Panthers a more battled-tested option at quarterback while the team looks to replace Sam Darnold (shoulder), who is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks. Though P.J. Walker is expected to start Sunday's game against the Cardinals and be backed up by recent signee Matt Barkley, Newton could supplant both signal-callers atop the depth chart once he gets a chance to familiarize himself with the playbook. Before being cut by New England in August, Newton made 15 starts in his lone season with the Patriots in 2020, completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 7.2 yards per attempt and an 8:10 TD:INT while adding 592 yards and 12 scores on the ground. He makes for a decent speculative pickup in superflex leagues or formats that include two signal-callers in weekly lineups, given that he could emerge as Carolina's starter as soon as Week 11 against Washington.
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  • Cam Newton: Books meeting with Panthers

    Newton is scheduled to meet Thursday with Panthers head coach Matt Rhule and team owner David Tapper regarding a potential reunion with the franchise, three sources familiar with the situation tell Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer. On the open market since being cut by New England at the conclusion of the preseason, Newton looks like he could get his next opportunity in Carolina, with whom he began his career as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Though the three-time Pro Bowler and 2015 NFL MVP is well past his prime years with the Panthers, the organization may at least view him as a good short-term solution at quarterback with Sam Darnold (shoulder) likely to miss multiple weeks. P.J. Walker is currently in line to start Week 10 against the Cardinals, but the former XFL standout could need a strong showing to hold off Newton, should he reunite with the Panthers.
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  • Cam Newton: Still wants to play

    Newton said Monday that he intends to return to the NFL and recently was vaccinated against COVID-19, Chris Bumbaca of USA Today reports. Newton has remained a free agent since being released by the Patriots in late August, prior to the start of the regular season. The 32-year-old appeared in 15 games with New England last season and showed that he can still operate as a dangerous weapon in the red zone, with 12 rushing scores on the season, though his passing efficiency (8:11 TD:INT) left much to be desired. If Newton is indeed seriously motivated to seek another gig on an NFL roster, his best chances realistically could come as a backup.
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  • Patriots' Cam Newton: Picked off in preseason finale

    Newton completed two of five passes for 10 yards and an interception in Sunday's 22-20 preseason win over the Giants. Newton started and led the Patriots to a field goal on their opening drive. He then was intercepted to end his next and final series, but the blame mostly was on his receiver for being outwrestled on a contested catch. Once on the sideline, though, Newton again watched rookie first-rounder Mac Jones light it up, completing 10 of 14 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. With the preseason now complete, it'll be fascinating to see who coach Bill Belichick names his starting quarterback ahead of Week 1's matchup against the Dolphins.
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  • Patriots' Cam Newton: Jumps back in with starters

    Newton took the first snap in 11-on-11s at Thursday's joint practice with the Giants, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. Newton also took the first snap in a warmup period and again in 7-on-7s, while rookie Mac Jones was second through the rotation each time. The day before, Jones reportedly put on a show while leading the first-team offense, taking advantage of his opportunity with Newton sidelined for a third straight day due to a misunderstanding of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols. In any case, Newton returned to practice Thursday and assumed his usual spot, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be the Week 1 starter. Given the stylistic differences between his two quarterbacks, coach Bill Belichick may see an advantage in waiting until the last second to name his guy for the Sept. 12 opener against Miami. Even if he doesn't quite take it all the way down to the wire, Belichick isn't likely to name his starter before the end of the preseason. The Patriots have their final exhibition Sunday evening against the Giants.
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