May 31, 2016

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    CAR @ TB

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    DET @ CAR

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    PIT @ CAR

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    CAR @ BAL

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    CHI @ CAR

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    CAR @ CIN

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    CAR @ GB

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    SEA @ CAR

  • Week 9 - Oct 30

    NO @ CAR

  • Week 10 - Nov 10

    CAR @ PHI

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    ATL @ CAR

  • Week 12 - Nov 23


  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    CAR @ MIN

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    CAR @ NO

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    TB @ CAR

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    CLE @ CAR

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CAR @ ATL

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    CAR 10 @ TB 16

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    NO 27 @ CAR 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 20

    NYG 36 @ CAR 7

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    CAR 28 @ ATL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    SEA 16 @ CAR 12

  • Week 6 - Oct 14


  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    DAL @ CAR

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    CAR @ CHI

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    CAR @ WAS

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DEN @ CAR

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    TB @ CAR

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    CAR @ PHI

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CAR @ KC

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    CAR 21 @ ARI 28

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    GB 30 @ CAR 23

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    JAC 10 @ CAR 16

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    CAR 29 @ CHI 34

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    NO 30 @ CAR 27

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    CAR 17 @ ATL 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    WAS 20 @ CAR 33

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    MIN 24 @ CAR 21

  • Week 9 - Nov 06


  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    TEN 30 @ CAR 3

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    CAR 35 @ DET 49

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    CAR 27 @ IND 19

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    CAR 38 @ TB 19

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    ATL 31 @ CAR 23

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    CAR 28 @ HOU 13

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    TB 16 @ CAR 48

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    CAR 18 @ NYG 31

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    TB 20 @ CAR 7

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    CIN 20 @ CAR 7

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    CAR 14 @ NO 16

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    CHI 23 @ CAR 6

  • Week 6 - Oct 17


  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    SF 20 @ CAR 23

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    CAR 10 @ LAR 20

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    NO 34 @ CAR 3

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    CAR 16 @ TB 31

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    BAL 37 @ CAR 13

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    CAR 23 @ CLE 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    CAR 14 @ SEA 31

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    ATL 31 @ CAR 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    ARI 12 @ CAR 19

  • Week 16 - Dec 23

    CAR 3 @ PIT 27

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    CAR 10 @ ATL 31


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Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers

2011 Statistics

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2011 Stats        310/517    4051    18    14     126      706      14        400.6    25.0

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) The Rookie of the Year winner had a record-breaking season, scoring more rushing TDs than any other QB in NFL history while also breaking the rookie mark for passing yards as well

(+) Cam had over 4,700 combined passing and rushing yards last season…

(+) …yet says he hasn't reached his ceiling yet

(+) Is the bona fide leader of this team – he owns the Carolina huddle

(+) Threw for at least one TD pass and ran for at least one rushing TD in the same game EIGHT different times last season. THAT’S RIDICULOUS!!!

(+) Combined for 3+ TDs in a game (combo of Pass/Rush) SEVEN different times!

(+) Had three games where he tossed for 374+ yards

(–) During his last 12 weeks of the season, Cam didn't have a single 300-yard passing game and averaged just 222 yards/game

(–) He called himself a "bad teammate" for being selfish with the ball, so look for his rushing touchdowns to take a major dive

(–) The league seemed to catch on to the passing side of Cam's repertoire… a trend that may continue

(–) Even though he was just a rookie, he’ll going to have to show some improvement on his 17 INTs and 35 sacks taken from last year to get to the next level

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Cam Newton was one of six Panthers selected to the All-Pro team on Friday.


Pyro's take: Fellow Panthers Thomas Davis, Ryan Kalil, Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman and Mike Tolbert were also on the first team with Cam Newton.

01/09/16, 01:45 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Cam Newton among other Panthers going to the Pro Bowl


Pyro's take: Cam Newton was one of the six quarterbacks headed to the Pro-Bowl

12/22/15, 11:50 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com

Ron Rivera is still unsure if he will rest his stars after the team clinches home-field advantage.


Pyro's take: “I can’t tell you what I’m going to do,’’ Rivera said on Friday. “I can’t tell you what my mindset is going to be. We’re going to play each game and we’ll play the players as necessary.

“It’s about being smart down the stretch. Again, the ultimate goal is to win [the Super Bowl]. But at the same time I’ve got to look at things, weigh things. But I don’t know what I’m going to do.’’

12/19/15, 03:21 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Cam Newton has been an elite quarterback lately


Pyro's take: Quarterback Cam Newton is on a roll, having completed 70 percent of his passes in the past two games for six touchdowns. He has 11 touchdown passes in his past four games to go along with two rushing touchdowns. He's in a groove, and even a tough Dallas defense ranked 11th in the NFL will have trouble slowing him down. -- David Newton

11/28/15, 05:01 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

A Bit of Concern or OVer MAnaging


Pyro's take: The PAnters very nearly have home field locked up. If you were River Boat Ron, whould you not at least cosider exposing your QB to less hits? This could mean, Cam does not run as much as we are used to in the coming weeks in order to take away unnecessary hits, preserve his body for the playoffs. Not a crazy idea. This is a game of chess people. Drop your #5 WR who is basically just like your #4 a guy who will rarely see your roster, and start setting yourself up for the playoffs.

11/25/15, 10:54 AM CST by M O

Eagles will likely use LB Connor Barwin as a spy on Cam Newton


Pyro's take: Defensive coordinator Bill Davis will use Connor Barwin, who at 6-4 and 264 pounds has the size to match up with Newton as a spy as he did last season.

Newton was sacked nine times and rushed for only 6 yards. Newton threw for 306 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions that night.

"We mix it up," Davis said. "But Connor is a good, big athlete. One thing about Cam is you can spy him and run with him, but then can you tackle him? Because he's so good.

10/22/15, 03:05 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.philly.com


According to the NFL network, Cam Newton will be starting in today's game. "Cam Newton WILL start on Sunday."

Pyro's take: This is basically your, "If the team was in the playoffs I would have been out there." Because its basically win or go home for the Panthers, its a playoff situation.

12/21/14, 10:41 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Not Listed

Cam Newton was not listed on the injury report, so no news is good news. Steve Reed, who covers the Panthers for the AP, stated via twitter "Cam Newton again NOT LISTED on the injury report. So no new injuries."

Pyro's take: Carolina doesnt find him to be hurt, so all systems go. Newton has a strong Week 11 matchup in the Falcons, but his Week 10 matchup in the Eagles was inviting, as well. He's a boom-or-bust QB1.

11/13/14, 05:10 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Fig Newton

Around this time of year, when Carolina looks like they are going to lose their season, let Cam Newton explore his running side. Every time he does, they win.Cam Newton rushed for 107 yards on a career-high 17 carries after having just 14 carries in his previous four games combined.

Due to injuries the coaches wanted to play it safe and not aggravate it more so. Carolina had not been ready to “unleash” Newton, as Rivera called it.

Newton rushed 11 times for 70 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime period. Darrin Reaves was Carolina’s only other ball carrier, and he had four rushes for 7 yards in that same time frame.

Pyro's take: Look for more production from Newton, as the drop-back passer that he is not is now gone. In replace is the move on a notice and pick up yards with his feet, which is Newton. He still makes a solid back-up and bye-week starter.

10/13/14, 07:56 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Newtonian Physics

Cam Newton is struggling not just with the recent injuries to Mike Tolbert, DeAngelo Williams, and Johnathan Stewart, but with the patch-work offensive line as well.

Offensive lineman Byron Bell went on to say: “We’re going to have to change our attitude. Running the football ain’t nothing but attitude,” Bell said. “We got to get the snot bubbles going. We’ve got to fit up on our guys and stay on ‘em. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”

Cam Newton is also struggling with injuries himself, that show he is very limited as a mobile quarterback.

"Directing the read-option offense, Newton was the epitome of a dual-threat quarterback until his ankle surgery. Newton posted 13,331 combined rushing and passing yards from 2011-13, the most in NFL history over a player’s first three seasons." In his last two games he has a total of six rushes.

Pyro's take: Cam Newton relies on his legs as does Colin Kaepernick, and if those dont work, they become very pedestrian like. Newton just doesnt face his own issues though, he has one talented wide receiver, one tight end and that's his offense right now. Until things get better for him and the team, Newton is a bye-week replacement at best.

09/24/14, 03:58 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Newton ready to roll in Week 2

After sitting out the Panthers Week 1 game versus the Buccaneers (ribs), Cam returned to practice in full this week and is set to play on Sunday.

Pyro's take: Newton may be ready to go, but we'd stay clear of him this weekend anyway. His main source of fantasy points comes from running the ball, something we doubt he does very much of not only due to the issue with his ribs, but because he'll be facing a Lions defense that allowed the third-fewest rushing yards to opposing QBs last season (just 7.75 yards per game).

09/12/14, 03:40 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Named week 2 starter

It didn't take too long for the Carolina Panthers to name Cam Newton a week two starter. Head coach Ron Rivera made the announcement Monday. Derek Anderson filled in admirably throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-14 victory. He also completed 24 of 34 passes with no interceptions, but all along this is Cam Newton's team. Newton should resume practice on Wednesday.

Pyro's take: Cam Newton is excited to get out there as well. In fact, he couldn't contain himself on Sunday, as during a commercial break he ran on the field to inspire his team.

Look for Newton to be back in action and try to do as equally if not better than Anderson's game on Sunday. Newton will face the Lions.

09/08/14, 04:29 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: bigstory.ap.org

Newton has a fractured rib

uarterback Cam Newton has a hairline fracture on one of his ribs, and has been ruled out of the Panthers preseason finale in Pittsburgh. Head coach Ron Rivera expects his team’s most-important player to be ready for the regular season opener two weeks from Sunday in Tampa Bay, but that’s certainly not a guarantee.

“There is a lot of concern. This morning he came in, and he was very, very sore,” Rivera said after Sunday’s practice, one Newton watched while walking the sidelines gingerly. “We expect him to get past the soreness the next few days, and then be able to do a lot more as the days go.”

Newton, who’s still not 100 percent after offseason ankle surgery, took a knee to his back and rib area after scrambling during the second half of the Panthers preseason loss Friday in New England. After going back to the huddle, Newton took a knee and eventually came out for the next play. He finished the second quarter and played the opening series of the second half despite the injury.

Last week, the fourth-year player said “I’m not a sliding type of guy,” but it may finally be time for Newton to avoid the hits he’s so readily taken.

Pyro's take: Yet another player hit with a preseason injury. This is real tough news for Carolina as Newton is still dealing with recovering from his ankle injury. The chemistry that needs to develop with his receivers continues to wait on hold, and now the biggest weapon Cam has, his legs, takes a shot with this rib injury. This could be the start to a long year for Cam.

08/24/14, 05:48 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blackandbluereview.com

Newton talks about his recovery and receivers

Newton said he’s recovering at a “rapid pace” from March 19 surgery to tighten the ligaments in his ankle. Newton’s surgery came six days after the release of Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time receiving leader who was cut after 13 seasons in Charlotte.

Newton said he was surprised when he learned the Panthers planned to let Smith go.

“Did it catch me by surprise? It caught all of us – if you were in the 704 region, you were caught by surprise,” Newton said Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium. “Everybody in the Carolinas was surprised, including myself.”

“Hopefully when we do play the Baltimore Ravens it will be guts and – whatever he said – everywhere on both sides,” Newton said. “We all understand who Steve Smith was and what he brought to this community, to this organization. And it was a hard-nosed mentality. He has taught a lot of players under him, including myself, the attitude (of) don’t take nothing for granted.”

In addition to Smith, the Panthers lost three other receivers in free agency – Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon. To replace them, they signed Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood, none of whom is considered a No. 1 receiver.

Though Newton won’t be on the field with the group until training camp, he said he has “plenty of time” to develop chemistry. He met with the new receivers for the first time Monday, when the Panthers began their offseason program.

“We had a great talk. A lot was said, a lot was given, a lot was taken,” Newton said. “No matter who or what the receivers look like, this is a team game. We all are (aware of) what has been done this offseason as far as acquisitions and trades and releases. But the fact is we have our team right now.”

Pyro's take: In terms of fantasy Cam has an uphill battle facing him in 2014. There is a good possiblity the best receiver on the Panthers will come via the draft next month. That is not great news for Cam, who finally showed the development as a passer last season, and would really benefit from having a game changing play-maker on offense.

As far as his ankle injury, he seems to be doing well, but he will definitely need to be at a 100%, as he will likely be running more this season. The lack of weapons is the biggest reason to fear Cam this season in fantasy drafts...unless you believe in Tiquan Underwood, Jericho Cotchery and Jason Avant.

04/22/14, 10:27 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.newsobserver.com

Newton could have new faces to throw to in 2014

Newton took his game to a new level in 2013, establishing career bests with 24 touchdown passes, a 61.7-percent completion rate and a quarterback rating of 88.8. He also became the only player in NFL history to have 50 of more touchdown passes (64) and 25 or more rushing touchdowns (28) in any three-year span. It just happened to be his first three years.

For all the numbers, the most impressive one was Carolina's 12-4 record. Newton and the Panthers won six games his rookie year and seven his second year before becoming a playoff team in 2013. During the breakout season, Newton led four game-winning drives – twice as many as he directed his first two seasons.

As for the receiver spot, it should be an interesting offseason (as so often it is). Three of the team's top four wide receivers in terms of catches – Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon – are all potential unrestricted free agents, and difficult decisions regarding trio will shape what the Panthers do next. In addition, Smith isn't getting any younger, though I'm not sure based on his level of play that he's getting any older.

Carolina has drafted 16 wide receivers over the 19 drafts in team history but has picked one in the first round just once. Outside of the three drafts in which the Panthers didn't have a first-round pick, their No. 28 overall spot this year is the latest first-round choice they've entered the draft with and is a spot that could lend itself to considering a rare first-round wide receiver.

Pyro's take: Newton had a fantastic season, leading the Panthers to a 12-4 record, although he did not have as many huge fantasy games in 2013. Part of the problem is that he does not have great weapons in the passing game.

Steve Smith is a great receiver and has been one of my favorites...for a long time. He just is not the dynamic player he was early in his career. The other receivers on the team have been inconsistent, which has hurt Cam's ability to post big passing games. The fact that Greg Olsen was the leading receiver on the Panthers last season should tell you all you need to know. If the Panthers get some real help for Cam at the receiver position, there is no doubt he will have a stronger campaign in 2014.

02/16/14, 04:42 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.panthers.com

Newton looking to prove Panthers offense is dynamic

"There's not a game that goes by, a practice that goes by, a meeting that goes by that we all don't think about how we have to do something for us to make the playoffs, quarterback Cam Newton said. "The reason why we play this game is to give ourselves a chance to make the playoffs.

"But each and every game, you have to be ready to put your best foot forward. We don't have the luxury of saying, ‘Well, we're going to beat the Jets,' and just look forward to New Orleans (next Sunday). This Jets team is a very good team. We have all our energy on this game."

Rivera believes the Panthers might have even a little extra energy given their last game, a 31-13 loss at New Orleans that snapped an eight-game winning streak.

"A lot of guys took it personal. They were really disappointed," Rivera said. "Guys kept saying, ‘Boy, I wish it was Sunday.' You want to get that taste out of your mouth, get back on the field and play your best."

Pyro's take: You can bet your bottom dollar that Cam Newton is one of the players that took the loss to the Saints personally and will take that out on the Jets.

Newton is a must start this week, as he should lead a Panther domination of the Jets. Cam knows he needs to bounce back and gear up the offense this week, so that his team is better prepared for the rematch with the Saints in week 16. Cam is going to make a lot of plays with his arm and legs in this game.

12/14/13, 06:47 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.panthers.com

Newton looks to be a true leader for the Panthers

I asked Newton how it felt to finally go into December as a quarterback playing games that matter, like the one Sunday night at New Orleans that will be for the NFC South lead. He good-naturedly batted the question aside.

"Your question is great,' Newton said, "but your question is trying to make it a 'me' thing. We all wanted this. As a writer for The Charlotte Observer, writing about a 2-14 team is not going to get a lot of views. You know that and I know that. ... Yeah, it's great to be around this type of atmosphere. But to hell with it if we don't continue to keep going and keep challenging ourselves."

Newton has learned to trust his teammates during this 9-3 season. And while he hasn't stopped the "Superman" touchdown celebration or the first-down point, he is far quicker to credit teammates than he used to be. He doesn't necessarily believe that, but it's true.

"I hear it all the time," Newton acknowledged. "Maybe I just have the blinders on like one of those horses downtown that goes around carrying the couples. I'm just trying to stay focused. Even though we're having a great season, it could be better.

Pyro's take: This season has been about the maturity of Cam Newton, and that has translated into wins. Cam has also been helped by a very strong defense that has kept it close when Newton has not been at his best. Although, Newton is turning the corner as quarterback.

Cam has been very good in fantasy this season, although there are not many other Panthers that have been factors. That is in part due to the fact that Newton is spreading the ball all over the offense.

This week should be a good challenge for Newton as he faces the Saints on an "island" game for the lead in the division. The Saints are coming off a tough loss to the Seahawks, and will be looking to rebound at home. Cam will have to weather the Saints storm and be the major reason why the Panthers win or lose this game. Get him in your lineup this week.

12/07/13, 06:00 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com

Newton celebrates win at the Waffle House

Newton admitted Wednesday that he celebrated the Panthers’ victory over the Patriots on Monday night by going out, but it was merely to Waffle House, one of the few local establishments open late.

Newton said he “popped orange juices” but was careful not to eat anything that could alter his preparation for his next game, according to ESPN.

“I order scrambled eggs, hash browns and cheese grits in one bowl with a light waffle … extremely light waffle,” Newton said. “Ah, man, to die for.” Newton said he is “on a first-name basis” with the local Waffle House employees.

Pyro's take: The more I hear about Cam, the more I like this guy. I am not from the South, but when I am I love to get my Waffle House on. Waffle House needs to get an endorsement deal done. I want to see Newton's face on every Waffle House.

Superman needs to be sure he does not have a letdown game, after two big back-to-back wins over the 49ers and Patriots. Cam will be facing the Dolphins, who are currently 7th best against quarterbacks one the season, surrendering just 18.3 points a game.

11/21/13, 05:37 PM CST by Houdini
Source: nesn.com

Newton's growth is the talk of the town

"It's been a growth period," Rivera said of his suddenly surging signal-caller. "He's learned so much – like I have – and he's grown a lot."

Over Newton's last 16 games (the equivalent of one regular season), he has thrown 26 touchdown passes while tossing just nine interceptions. In the 16 games before that, dating back to the middle of his rookie year, Newton threw 18 touchdown passes against 15 interceptions.

But the more notable number - one that Rivera shares in and one that has observers pronouncing that Newton has truly arrived - is the win-loss record. The Panthers are 10-6 over their last 16 games, a playoff-caliber kind of record.

Pyro's take: We have been seeing the growth of Newton in fantasy as well, but we have not seen the best, yet. Newton has a tough schedule coming up, and his accuracy is going to get put to the test.

Although, this is time where Cam is going to use his speed to set up his accuracy. I expect Superman to be in Candlestick this week, and he will be running, and throwing on the run with his new found accuracy. Cam needs to prove himself this week, which I like in fantasy.

11/07/13, 05:41 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.panthers.com

Cam Newton focused on week 2, not history

For the first time in the Cam Newton era, the Carolina Panthers will face consecutive teams with quarterbacks of African-American descent after hosting Russell Wilson’s Seahawks and traveling to E.J. Manuel’s Bills on Sunday.

There were an NFL-high nine black or biracial quarterbacks who started in Week 1. One media outlet has dubbed it, “ The Golden Age of the Black Quarterbacks.”

Newton isn’t throwing a party.

“You don’t have a bar mitzvah just because you’re a starting African-American quarterback in this league,” Newton said Wednesday. “Even though I’m a fan of everybody, I can’t say I just root for Michael Vick, (Robert Griffin III), Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick. I still feel like I learn just as much from Michael Vick as I do from Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or even RG3.”

Pyro's take: I love the bar mitzvah shout out, but it is good to see that Cam is more focused on having a good game this week. Cam only threw for 125 yards and 1 touchdown in week 1 adding 38 yards on the ground, but that was against a stout Seahawks defense. This week Newton draws the Bills and and he should find a lot more open passing and running lanes, and should have a solid fantasy performance.

09/12/13, 09:38 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.charlotteobserver.com