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Cam Newton | Quarterback

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/11/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Auburn
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Cam Newton completed 17-of-28 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' third preseason game.
He added just one carry for two yards. With Devin Funchess sitting out, Newton targeted Greg Olsen a team-high nine times. He was let down by two Corey Brown drops, including a would-be 30-yard score. Newton's touchdown was a goal-line pass to Mike Tolbert from two yards out. The Panthers aren't expected to run more read-option despite the loss of Kelvin Benjamin, and Newton's supporting cast makes him hard to trust as more than a low-end QB1. Newton should finish the preseason 26-of-48 for 284 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Aug 28 - 9:43 PM

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Coach Ron Rivera said he does not expect to use the read option "any more than we've done in the past."

With Kelvin Benjamin done for the year, there was some thought Carolina would get Cam Newton more involved in the running game. Newton had more than 125 rushing attempts in each of his first two seasons, but he has seen his rushing totals fall each of the last two years. The Panthers might not want to use Newton more in the running game, but if Devin Funchess and company cannot pick up the slack, they may have no choice.
Aug 27 - 9:38 AM

Cam Newton completed 4-of-10 passes for 42 yards and an interception in Saturday's preseason game.

With Kelvin Benjamin out for the year and Devin Funchess sidelined, Corey Brown and Ted Ginn were Newton's top receivers. His interception came on a forced pass to Greg Olsen that should have been pick-sixed. Newton's supporting cast limits his upside, but his rushing makes him a mid-to-low QB1. Newton is 9-of-20 for 125 yards, one touchdown, and an interception through two preseason games.
Aug 22 - 8:44 PM

GM Dave Gettleman said the Panthers will continue to encourage Cam Newton to run with the football.

The Panthers just gave Newton a $118 million contract with $60 million guaranteed. But they know they won't get a return on that investment unless he uses his unique athletic skill set to make plays. "He’s got to be Cam. You don’t hold back a thoroughbred, you don’t," Gettleman said. Once Newton got healthy late last year, he started piling up the rushing stats once again. Over his final six games (including playoffs), he averaged 9.5 carries for 53.0 yards and 0.5 TDs.
Jun 22 - 8:20 AM

Panthers signed QB Cam Newton to a five-year, $103.8 million contract extension.

The deal includes $60 million guaranteed, and $67.6 million over the first three years. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that's a record for a three-year period. They're massive numbers, but we'll see how "guaranteed" Newton's $60 million truly is. Either way, it's a huge vote of confidence in a quarterback who hasn't always been the most consistent. Like the Panthers, however, we still believe in Newton's dual-threat upside. He's arguably the league's most-unique threat at quarterback, and has overseen back-to-back division winners. Newton has taken a ton of hits through four NFL seasons, but is still only 26. The Panthers were right to lock him up.
Jun 2 - 4:33 PM

The Panthers are closing in on a contract extension with Cam Newton.

The deal, which could be done as soon as Monday afternoon, is expected to keep Newton in Carolina through the 2020 season. It will likely be announced as something similar to the six-year, $95 million Ryan Tannehill contract -- but will contain more guaranteed money at signing. Newton has gone 30-31-1 in four years since the Panthers took him No. 1 overall, winning the NFC South twice.
Jun 1 - 9:52 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Cam Newton will not sign an extension before the summer.

Reporter Newton believes quarterback Newton will let Russell Wilson set the market first. Entering the final year of his contract, Cam may be in no rush, but the Panthers would be smart to get something finished before the season begins. It is likely to the two sides work something out this summer.
Mar 14 - 9:38 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers have opened extension talks with Cam Newton.

The Panthers met with Newton's agent at the Combine, but there isn't any rush to get a deal done. Newton is expected to let Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck reset the market for quarterbacks before his next contract. Carolina has Newton signed through 2015 after exercising his fifth-year option.
Feb 21 - 8:03 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said at the Combine that he recently met with Cam Newton, and he's "as healthy as he's been for a long time."

The list of injuries Cam dealt with in 2014 is almost too long to document, but his health should be of little or no concern for 2015. A top-five fantasy quarterback in each of his first three NFL seasons, Newton dipped to 17th last year, but did rank eighth in per-game scoring. He could be a value pick in 2015 fantasy drafts. Newton turns 26 years old this May.
Feb 19 - 2:53 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman reiterated that he sees Cam Newton as his franchise quarterback.

The Panthers will exercise their fifth-year option on Newton, which will pay him $14.667 million in 2015. After that, they have the franchise tag available. But ideally, Gettleman wants to lock up his quarterback with a long-term deal that will obviously eclipse draft-class mates Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick. "[Newton] is a franchise quarterback and the contract will get done when it gets done," Gettleman said.
Jan 22 - 10:38 AM

Cam Newton completed 23-of-36 passes for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

Newton added 11 rushes for 37 yards and despite a back-breaking pick-six late, he handled himself very well in this impossible spot. It caps a season that was hampered early by ankle and rib injuries and was halted by a car wreck ahead of Week 14, but was also encouraging late. Newton posted a 10:5 TD-to-INT ratio over the final six games (including playoffs) and also rushed 57 times for 318 yards with three more scores during that span. His unique running ability coupled with a cannon arm and Kelvin Benjamin will always make him a high-ceiling fantasy player. The Panthers would do well to get Newton a real No. 2 wideout and make upgrades along the offensive line.
Jan 11 - 12:20 AM

Cam Newton completed 18-of-32 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Panthers' 27-16, Wild Card win over the Cardinals, adding 35 rushing yards on seven attempts.

This was one of the ugliest games of the season. Newton had been playing his best football of the season heading into the playoffs, but Saturday's play won't be making any of his highlight tapes. He missed several throws, starting with a potential 30-plus-yard touchdown down the seam to a wide-open Ed Dickson in the first quarter. It never got better, but the Carolina defense, on the back on LBs Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, held Ryan Lindley and the Arizona offense to 77 total yards. Newton's two best plays were probably two third-down runs on a third-quarter possession that resulted in first downs. He gave up his body on the scampers. He's going to need to play much better next weekend when the Panthers travel to either Seattle or Green Bay.
Jan 3 - 7:49 PM

Cam Newton completed 10-of-16 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the Panthers' division-clinching, 34-3, Week 17 win over the Falcons, adding 51 rushing yards and another touchdown on six carries.

The 7-8-1 Panthers end the regular season on a four-game winning streak and have clinched the No. 4 seed in the NFC. They'll host the Cardinals next weekend and have a good chance at pulling out the victory against the Ryan Lindley-led Arizona squad. On Sunday, the Panthers got off to a soaring start, jumping out to an early 10-0 lead with a field goal and touchdown on their first two possessions. Matt Ryan then tossed a pick-six before the Panthers then recovered a fumble at the Falcons' four-yard line. On the next play, Newton and the Carolina offensive line bullied their way into the end zone to stake themselves to a 24-3 lead. On Cam's touchdown pass, he found Ed Dickson in the flat in the front right corner of the end zone from five yards out. Cam is playing his best football of the season at the moment.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:25:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Cam Newton (back) emerged from Sunday's win healthy.

Newton didn't show any ill effects from his car crash against the Browns, running 12 times for 63 yards with a touchdown. He'll be all systems go for a dream Week 17 matchup against the Falcons. When these teams played in Atlanta Week 11, Newton threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 30 yards.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Cam Newton completed 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Panthers' Week 16 win over Cleveland, adding 12 carries for 63 yards and an additional score.

The Panthers' passing game struggled, but Newton plunged in for a two-yard touchdown on a second-quarter bootleg to give Carolina a 10-3 lead. OC Mike Shula was surprisingly aggressive utilizing Cam as a runner under two weeks removed from his scary car accident. Cam dominated on bootleg runs in this game, finishing with his third highest rushing total of the season. Newton threw his lone TD pass to Jonathan Stewart from nine yards out in the fourth quarter, which proved the game winner. At 6-8-1, the Panthers will face the Falcons in Week 17 for the NFC South title.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:10:00 PM