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Cam Newton | Quarterback | #1

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/11/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / CAR
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Cam Newton said he has realized he does not have to "always be the playmaker."
"I have to give other people opportunities to make plays," Newton said in an insightful piece (linked below) about his growth. "That's the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me." With new weapons in rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, Newton realizes he needs to change the way he plays and focus on "getting the ball out of my hands" in an offense which should rely more on quick passes moving forward. He also is taking better care of his body, staying away from sweets and dropping to "hands down" his lowest offseason weight despite being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Coming off one of his worst seasons in the NFL, Newton looks to be headed for a bounce back if his health cooperates. Jun 27 - 10:45 AM

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Cam Newton threw a football for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery on March 30.

Newton was originally expected to resume throwing during the last week of minicamp. Despite the session being pushed back, Newton said "there's no doubt" he will be "100 percent" for training camp and expects to be "ready to rock and roll" in as little as two weeks. Despite his confidence, it would not be surprising if the Panthers take it slow early in training camp, but he should be back to full health well before Week 1.
Jun 26 - 10:42 AM

Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw at minicamp this week.

Cam was hoping to throw off to the side, but that never materialized. The original plan called for Newton to resume throwing 12 weeks after his shoulder operation. Next week will mark the end of that timetable. While he didn't participate in any team drills, Tiffany Blackmon of NFL.com saw Newton jogging and using resistance bands at practice. There remains no threat of him missing Week 1.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 3:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton (shoulder) should throw off to the side during next week's minicamp.

He was expected to begin a light throwing program 12 weeks after his late-March surgery, so he is a little ahead of schedule. Newton could still be limited at the start of training camp, but he appears to be on the correct track. He should be a full-go well before Week 1.
Jun 5 - 10:57 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said Cam Newton is "on schedule" in his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on March 30 but should be ready for the start of training camp. He's looking for a bounce-back season after setting career-lows in both quarterback rating (75.8) and completion percentage (52.9) last year.
Apr 21 - 3:18 PM

Cam Newton is undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder Thursday.

The surgery was announced last week. Newton is expected to resume a limited throwing program 12 weeks after surgery and start throwing with the team in fourth months. That timeline makes him questionable for the start of training camp, and he could sit out the entire preseason. Newton should be ready for Week 1 if his rehab goes as planned.
Mar 30 - 10:28 AM

Coach Ron Rivera admitted Cam Newton's confidence was "shook" last season.

Rivera said that Cam's confidence will have to be rebuilt this year. Newton was sacked 36 times and hit another 10 times as he threw. He also took a ton of licks as a runner. Fixing their offensive line will go a long way in rebuilding Newton. The Panthers signed LT Matt Kalil, but right tackle remains a question mark. The MVP in 2015, Newton is a big bounce-back candidate with Kelvin Benjamin a year removed from ACL surgery.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 10:50 AM

Cam Newton will undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder to repair a "partially torn rotator cuff," and is questionable for the start of training camp.

Newton first suffered the injury in Week 14. The team initially believed he would heal with rest and rehab, but instead he'll go under the knife on March 30. Newton will do no throwing for three months, and won't resume throwing with the team for four months. That's right around the start of camp. Newton could be highly limited in the preseason, and perhaps held out of exhibition action altogether. At least for now, his Week 1 status is not in doubt.
Mar 21 - 3:02 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he wants to limit Cam Newton's carries.

Asked if Newton will fight that decision, Rivera said, "Oh definitely. Cam wants the ball." Newton, who suffered a concussion in October, attempted a career-low 90 carries last season and only found the end zone five times on the ground. Considering he has not thrown for more than 4,000 yards since his rookie season and has topped 25 passing touchdowns just once, Newton's fantasy value is closely tied to his ability as a runner. He will be tough to justify as a quality QB1 if he is even more limited on the ground in 2017.
Mar 2 - 10:28 AM

Cam Newton completed 18-of-32 passes for 237 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions in Week 17 against the Bucs.

It caps off a career-worst year for Newton. Newton didn't miss any games with his shoulder injury, but it clearly impacted his ball placement more than the Panthers let on. He finishes the season with 3,509 yards and a 19:14 TD/INT ratio, rushing for just 359 yards and five touchdowns. Newton should rebound in 2017, but is at risk of becoming more of a pocket passer as he enters the middle of his career.
Jan 1 - 4:22 PM

Cam Newton (shoulder) is questionable for Week 17 against the Bucs.

Newton is fully expected to start. Joe Webb will back him up with Derek Anderson sick.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:05:00 PM

Cam Newton (right shoulder) was limited in Thursday's practice.

He was also limited on Wednesday. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton will start if he is healthy, but it is certainly possible the Panthers use the shoulder as an excuse to hold him out of a meaningless game. Newton has been banged up most of the season.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:29:00 PM

Cam Newton (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Coach Ron Rivera said Newton will start against the Bucs as long as he's healthy. Newton has been battered and bruised all season behind a makeshift offensive line missing multiple starters. Check back Thursday for an update.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:52:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted Cam Newton could have to start altering his playing style as he gets older.

"He’s getting older and he’s going to be a different style player," Rivera said. "We have to evolve." Newton has missed only four games in six seasons — one due to a car accident — but has gradually begun to pick up more lingering issues. He's been struggling through a shoulder ailment down the stretch of 2016. "Changing" sounds good in theory for Newton, but it's his running threat/willingness to take hits that makes him a special player. Change will be hard in this case.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Cam Newton completed 18-of-43 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Panthers' Week 16 loss to the Falcons.

He added 36 yards on the ground to make the fantasy line look better, but Newton was terrible most of the game. He struggled with his accuracy, missing high time and time again, and he telegraphed several passes. He should have thrown at least six interceptions, and the Falcons had more yards (61) on interception returns than he had passing yards (58) before the halftime. Things did not get much better in the second half, but Newton did make a nice throw to Kelvin Benjamin on the final play of the third quarter for a 26-yard touchdown. That score brought the Panthers within 10, but that was as close as they would get. Newton has been mostly down over the second half of the season, and he has a tough matchup in Tampa Bay next week. He will be a risky DFS option in that spot.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
5Jalen Simmons
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Darrel Young
2Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
3Russell Shepard
4Keyarris Garrett
5Kaelin Clay
WR21Devin Funchess
2Curtis Samuel
3Damiere Byrd
4Charles Johnson
5Mose Frazier
WR31Curtis Samuel
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
4Chris Manhertz
5Eric Wallace
LT1Matt Kalil
2Michael Oher
3Tyrus Thompson
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Chris Scott
3David Yankey
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
3Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Amini Silatolu
3Dan France
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
3Blaine Clausell
K1Graham Gano
2Harrison Butker