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Cam Newton | QB | Carolina Panthers
Posted: 8/27/2014 2:19pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) said he fully expects to be ready to play Week 1.
Huddle Up: The main fantasy concern is not Newton missing games, but cutting back on his rushing, which has been a key component of his three-straight top-5-ranked fantasy QB seasons.

Posted: 8/24/2014 6:50pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in one of his ribs and will not play in the final preseason game later this week. Head coach Ron Rivera said he thinks Newton will be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Far from a debilitating injury, but definitely not good news for the fourth-year QB who already is coming off ankle surgery. Add in this rib issue, and Newton is likely be more conservative with his running -- a major component of his fantasy game since entering the league.

Posted: 8/10/2014 11:31pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) has been cleared to play in the second preseason game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Coming off offseason ankle surgery, Newton still figures to be limited in terms of snaps and designed running plays, but you can check him out yourself in Sunday evening's nationally televised home contest against the Chiefs.

Posted: 8/8/2014 4:20pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) is not expected to play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Cam could use the PT to get used to his new surrounding cast, but on the other hand, the Panthers certainly aren't going to rush their prize offensive asset back into action and risk re-injuring his surgically-repaired ankle.

Posted: 8/7/2014 4:10pm et
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) would only play around two series and the playing calling would be limited if he is able to play in team's first preseason game Friday , Aug. 8 vs. Buffalo, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera indicated Newton would do mostly handoffs if he plays in the game.
Huddle Up: As has been stated here, expect Newton's running and scrambling to be curtailed this preseason as the Panthers have their sights set on the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Bucs.

Posted: 7/29/2014 1:54pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.
Huddle Up: All indications are Cam is right on track and even ahead of schedule, and the Panthers certainly aren't going to have the QB scrambling all over and pushing things during the early stages of camp.

Posted: 7/26/2014 1:00pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said his ankle is not 100 percent at this point, but it is getting better each day.
Huddle Up: Because much of Newton's fantasy value is derived from his rushing, expect his ankle to be an ongoing story during training camp. A Newton that runs less is no longer a top-five fantasy quarterback, especially given his corps of receivers.

Posted: 7/24/2014 4:54pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Panthers, Newton and his fantasy owners as the QB looks to make it four top-five fantasy QB finishes in four NFL seasons this year.

Posted: 7/20/2014 1:58am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility when he worked out with some of his wide receivers last week.
Huddle Up: Newton had offseason ankle surgery and isn't all the way back yet. Ideally, fantasy owners would like to see him a whole lot closer to 100 percent by the time fantasy drafts roll around, as Cam's mobility--especially given his dearth of receivers--is a key component of his fantasy value.

Posted: 4/29/2014 11:23pm et
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said it is more important to protect QB Cam Newton than to get another offensive weapon. 'I think protecting him (is more important),'Rivera said. 'You have so many opportunities to get play makers on the field. Other than the quarterback there are five other guys who can make plays for you. I think right now what we've done is bring in guys who have the ability to make plays for us. I feel very comfortable with that.'
Huddle Up: Newton was sacked a career-high 43 times last season -- and that was before the retirement of LT Jordan Gross -- so don't be surprised in the least if the Panthers target a tackle in the first round next week.

Posted: 4/24/2014 7:32pm et
The Carolina Panthers have officially submitted the paperwork to pick up the fifth-year option on QB Cam Newton's contract Thursday, April 24.
Huddle Up: No surprise here with the 2011 No. 1 overall pick coming off his most efficient season (88.8 rating) as a passer while leading the Panthers to the NFC South title.

Posted: 4/22/2014 11:48pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said he won't change his approach to the game after his ankle surgery. He added that he doesn't recall when he injured it, but it wasn't 100 percent for a long time. He also said he consulted former RB Bo Jackson about dealing with injuries and rehab.
Huddle Up: Newton has had at least 111 rushing attempts and 585 yards in each of his three seasons, and it sounds like his fantasy owners don't need to worry about Newton suddenly becoming a pocket passer.

Posted: 4/19/2014 10:37pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery. The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners will be on "Cam Watch" all summer long. Ideally, he'll get out of the boot and get some work in during OTAs, but it sounds more like training camp before he'll be anywhere near full go.

Posted: 4/2/2014 5:45pm et
Bus Cook, agent for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle), said Newton is doing well in his rehab from offseason ankle surgery. Newton is expected to miss all of the offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp. Cook also said he was not surprised when the team said they plan to pick up the fifth year option in Newton's contract. The team sides can continue to work on a contract extension.
Huddle Up: Maybe by the time Newton is ready to hit the field in August, the Panthers will have his contract situation ironed out... and have found some wide receivers for him to throw to.

Posted: 3/18/2014 6:27pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will have minor ankle surgery Wednesday, March 19. Ligaments in Newton's ankle had stretched out, and the procedure will tighten them.
Huddle Up: This procedure doesn't sound like it'll hamper Newton any -- if at all -- this coming season, but the team's depleted WR situation certainly might as Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn have all departed since the end of the 2013 campaign. Some moves are most definitely in order, or Newton's fantasy stock will undergo a downgrade.

Posted: 2/18/2014 11:38pm et
There have been no new developments in the contract situation with the Carolina Panthers and DE Greg Hardy. The team has two weeks to decide whether to use the franchise tag, which would buy the team another year to negotiate with Hardy. However, if they do tag him, it would consume nearly all of the team's unused cap space, which is a hefty price considering the team is looking to lock up franchise cornerstones QB Cam Newton and LB Luke Kuechly with huge deals in the next two years.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are definitely in a tough spot with Hardy, who hit career highs with 15 sacks and 65 total tackles this past season and now tops most of the best-available-free-agent watch lists. With cap space at a premium, look for the Panthers to try and hammer out a longer-term deal with the DE before using the franchise tag as a last resort.

Posted: 1/26/2014 4:12pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman said he will offer QB Cam Newton a fair contract to start contract negotiations. 'It's going to be fun,' Gettleman said. 'It's going to be interesting. There's going to be a lot of work, a lot of research. A lot of thought is going to go into it. Philosophically, I'm going to start with a fair offer. It's going to be fair. And then we'll move from there.'
Huddle Up: Newton's 2013 passing (3,379) and rushing-yard (585) totals were career lows, but his passing TDs (24) and the Panthers' wins (12) were both career high-water marks. Still, Newton and the Panthers were the only divisional-round host to lose, and his contract offer will surely fall short of the other QBs megadeals (Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan) we've seen of late.

Posted: 1/14/2014 6:38pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said QB Cam Newton has proven that he is the team's franchise quarterback, but Gettleman wouldn't say if the team will approach a long-term deal with Newton. The team has until May 3 to pick up his fifth-year option, which would be similar to a franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Newton had his best year in terms of team success -- 12 wins and a playoff berth as opposed to a combined 13 victories and no postseason over his first 2 years -- but on the fantasy flip-side, he did record career lows in terms of passing (3,379) and rushing yardage (585) and rushing TDs (6). He did, however, hit a career high with 24 TD passes.

Posted: 12/22/2013 10:26pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said Sunday, Dec. 22, that he suffered an ankle injury in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints. 'Nicked it,' Newton said. The quarterback had both of his ankles re-taped during the game.
Huddle Up: He should be fine for this week, but this is the second week in a row where he has been injured. The Panthers haven't clinched the NFC South, so Newton should be a full go next week.

Posted: 12/16/2013 3:56pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (toe) suffered a toe injury during the team's Week 15 game, but head coach Ron Rivera said the injury is not a big deal. Newton did not have to undergo X-rays on the toe, and it has not been diagnosed as turf toe.
Huddle Up: It would likely take a lot to keep Newton down for a huge divisional matchup against the Saints this week.

Posted: 11/19/2013 12:20am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 19-of-28 passes for 209 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions in a 24-20 win over the New England Patriots on Monday, Nov. 18. He also rushed for a game-high 62 yards on 7 carries
Huddle Up: It wasn't Newton's best-ever fantasy performance, but it was likely his best overall game as a QB, outduelling Tom Brady and the Patriots in front of national audience. Since the Panthers' 1-3 start, Newton has 10 TD passes, 3 rushing TDs and only 3 interceptions.

Posted: 10/25/2013 12:09am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was 23-of-32 passing for 221 yards, 2 TDs and no interceptions while rushing for a game-high 50 yards and a TD on 11 carries on Thursday, Oct. 24 in a 31-13 road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: It was another "on" week for the on-again, off-again Newton, who lifted the Panthers above .500 for the first time in 5 seasons. Overall, it was the Panthers' third straight win, so weather the off weeks and keep riding Cam.

Posted: 9/9/2013 8:56pm et
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera admitted that his team's offense was too conservative in their Week 1 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. QB Cam Newton only had three pass attempts of more than 10 yards in the game. 'There are some things that need to be looked at on both sides in terms of getting the ball vertical,' Rivera said as he looked ahead to Week 2 at the Buffalo Bills. 'We looked through it. We talked about it and those will be the things that we look to do. We have to create more of those opportunities.' The Panthers rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries against Seattle.
Huddle Up: Conservative may be an understatement. Newton threw for only 125 yards -- his lowest single-game output as a pro -- and his longest completion was 27 yards to Greg Olsen. Look for more downfield throws in Week 2 at Buffalo.