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Cam Newton | Quarterback

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/11/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245
College: Auburn
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Panthers coach Ron Rivera remains "confident" Cam Newton (ribs) will be ready for Sunday's opener.
Newton will wear a flak jacket against the Bucs. It's something Michael Vick and Tony Romo, among others, have done before at quarterback. Newton's reps should be limited in practice this week, but he'll be ready to rock versus Tampa. Sep 1 - 3:11 PM

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Both coach Ron Rivera and Cam Newton said there's "no doubt" he'll play Week 1 despite a rib injury.

Newton has hairline fractures in a few of his ribs, but quarterbacks regularly play through this injury. It's typically a question of pain management. We'll know more on Newton next week when the Panthers begin official preparations for the Bucs, but he's safe to pen into lineups. Rivera said the zone-read will still be in play despite Cam's injury.
Aug 27 - 12:13 PM

Cam Newton (ribs) didn't practice Monday, but "appeared to be walking better."

The Panthers have already said they don't expect to know Newton's Week 1 availability until next week, so it's possible he remains sidelined through the weekend. We still expect him to ultimately be cleared, but it wouldn't be surprising if Newton is held off the practice field until Wednesday of Week 1.
Aug 25 - 4:19 PM

The Panthers don't expect to know Cam Newton's (rib) Week 1 availability until next week.

Newton has a hairline rib fracture in his back region. "We’ll treat him day by day and evaluate him at the end of the week and see how he is," Rivera said. "We expect him to get past the soreness in the next few days and then be able to do a lot more as the days go." Newton's ability to play will come down to "pain management." We suspect he'll be out there Week 1 at Tampa, but perhaps with fewer designed runs in the playbook.
Aug 24 - 7:33 PM

Cam Newton has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his ribs, but the Panthers are optimistic he will play in Week 1.

Coach Ron Rivera said Sunday he "thinks" Newton will play Week 1 at Tampa Bay. The September 7 opener is exactly two weeks away. Newton will obviously be held out of Carolina's preseason finale. Newton's rib and ankle injuries are an increasing concern for his mobility and rushing potential, as OC Mike Shula may scale back designed runs in an effort to keep his quarterback healthy. Those worries are still baked into Newton's mid- to late-seventh-round ADP, where he is a value pick. This latest news will probably push him into the eighth round of 12-team drafts.
Aug 24 - 4:48 PM

Cam Newton will play in the Panthers' fourth preseason game.

Starters are usually rested in the fourth contest, but Newton and the Panthers' offense have struggled to move the ball this preseason. "It was very evident that we’ve got to get him out there," coach Ron Rivera said. "We’ve got to get our quarterback out on the field, and he’s got to get some timing with those guys." Newton suffered a back contusion Friday night, but appears fine.
Aug 23 - 9:32 AM

Cam Newton completed 8-of-12 passes for 88 yards and added three rushes for 12 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.

Newton was forced from the field in the second quarter after an awkward hit from Patriots LB Jamie Collins, but returned one play later. Newton's numbers look respectable, but the offense struggled. Newton was sacked three times in five series, and failed to lead the Panthers' past the New England 40. Newton is 12-of-21 for 153 yards this preseason, and has been sacked five times.
Aug 22 - 9:48 PM

Cam Newton (ankle) started Carolina's second preseason game Sunday night, completing 4-of-9 passes for 65 yards.

Dealing with rust in his 2014 debut, Newton went three-and-out on each of the Panthers' first three possessions. He displayed plenty of movement ability on his surgically repaired ankle, but was inaccurate early, missing Jerricho Cotchery badly on a sideline route and overthrowing an open Kelvin Benjamin on a vertical shot. Cam settled down on his fourth and fifth drives, which were both capped by Jonathan Stewart goal-line TDs. Newton hit Kelvin Benjamin on a crosser for 24 yards and Jason Avant for 25 deep down the middle. So far, the early returns on Carolina's oft-ripped offensive line and receiver corps are promising. It's worth noting Greg Olsen (calf) did not play Sunday night.
Aug 17 - 9:39 PM

Cam Newton (ankle) will play "at least" a quarter in Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

The Panthers must want Newton to find his sea legs after sitting out the opener. The reps will be far-more important for Newton's supporting cast than Newton, particularly rookie No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Newton's health is not a concern for Week 1.
Aug 14 - 4:43 PM

The Panthers have cleared Cam Newton (ankle) for read-option plays in camp, and will start him in their second preseason game.

He'd only been doing handoffs and passing to this point. "Cam is on track to do the things we need him to do now," coach Ron Rivera said. "We've mapped out a lot of things. We're now getting to the point where the workload is going to increase." Per Rivera, there will be "no limits" on Newton moving forward.
Aug 10 - 6:53 PM

Cam Newton described the lingering pain in his ankle as a "thump" when he moves on it incorrectly.

It's entirely possible Newton's surgically repaired ankle will be forgotten once the games start. It's also possible that these are legitimate red flags. "It’s like a thump from your mom when you said something that you weren’t supposed to," described Cam. "She’ll thump you dead in your ear or on your head. It’ll hurt for that little second but it’ll go away after 2-3 minutes. It’s a reminder that, hey, you better check yourself." Newton's ADP -- currently in the late-seventh round -- has fallen enough that we believe he's well worth the perceived risk. Cam drafters may want to secure a QB2 a bit earlier than usual, however.
Aug 8 - 2:49 PM

FOX's Alex Marvez expects Cam Newton's rushing numbers to decline again this season.

Marvez made the statement after interviewing Cam. During that chat, Newton admitted he's "still kind of reluctant with mobility" as he comes off ankle surgery and has not been scrambling at all in practice. Still, there's a month to go before Week 1 and the surgery was designed to strengthen Newton's ankle. A physically dominant freak, his rushing floor isn't much lower than the career-lows he set last season in attempts (111), yards (585), YPC (5.27) and touchdowns (6).
Aug 7 - 8:26 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team has not decided if Cam Newton (ankle surgery) will play in the preseason opener Friday.

"I’m not going to say yes and all of a sudden he’s not going to. And I’m not going to say no and all of a sudden he’s going to," Rivera said. "I’ve been told, in talking with the trainers, that we can’t make a decision right now." With Newton reportedly still experiencing pain in the ankle, the safe bet is he will not play on Friday. The Panthers have no reason to risk their franchise player.
Aug 5 - 6:33 PM

Cam Newton (ankle surgery) has been fully cleared for training camp.

Newton did 7-on-7 work during OTAs, planting with his right foot and looking near 100 percent. He's not expected to be too limited during camp. The procedure was designed to tighten some ligaments in his ankle, alleviating some pain and giving him more power off cuts. Newton, who has played in all 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons, is not an injury risk.
Jul 24 - 12:47 PM

Cam Newton (ankle surgery) was medically cleared to work out last week.

Newton announced on his Instagram that he's not yet 100 percent, but he should be plenty ready for the start of training camp. This week, Newton has been working out at Under Armour headquarters and throwing the ball around with fellow UA clients Randall Cobb, Torrey Smith, and teammate Kelvin Benjamin.
Jul 2 - 3:25 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1DeAngelo Williams
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Darrin Reaves
GLB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Mike Tolbert
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
3Philly Brown
WR21Jerricho Cotchery
2Jason Avant
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
K1Graham Gano