Cam Newton | QB | Carolina Panthers
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.
Posted: 8/16/2013 4:06pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was in for five series in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Aug. 15, and he led the team to two field goals and three punts. In eight series over the first two preseason games, Newton has led just one touchdown drive, and that came on a short field (18 yards) after an interception. 'We kicked two field goals (Thursday), but I want touchdowns,' head coach Ron Rivera said Friday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Newon is entering his 3rd season at helm, and expectations -- fantasy and reality -- are going to be higher for the QB, especially as a passer.
Posted: 6/23/2013 2:07pm et
Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said he does not want QB Cam Newton to stop running but does want Newton to avoid unnecessary hits. 'In this run/read offense, there are decisions he makes with the option,' Shula said. 'Don't make decisions where he gets hit right away. If you are not sure if you should hand it off or keep it, then hand it off.'
Huddle Up: Newton has averaged 8 rushes and 45 yards a game over his first 2 seasons, and the natural progression is for QBs to run less and pass/hand it off more as they grow older and (ideally) NFL wiser. We'll see how that plays out, though, with Newton and the new breed of increasingly mobile QBs.
Posted: 5/29/2013 5:36pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said he lost 12 pounds in the offseason, bringing him down from 255 pounds to 243. "It was just a personal goal that I set for myself. I'm not going to go into what it really meant because looking at my body from afar you really couldn't tell," Newton said. "Being that I lost the weight, nobody really could tell, either."
Huddle Up: Clearly Newton is concerned about the challenge for his starting gig from that kid Nate.