After signing TE Jonnu Smith, WR Nelson Agholor and WR Kendrick Bourne on the 1st day of free agency, the Patriots kicked off Day 2 by inking TE Hunter Henry to a 3-year, $37.5 million deal with $25 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Henry's $12.5 million average annual salary is identical to Jonnu Smith's -- although Smith got a 4-year deal. New England suddenly has the league's top TE tandem after trotting out a completely unforgettable group last year. The easy comparison here will be to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, who were both top 14 PPR TEs in 2010 and top 3 in 2011. That, of course, came with Tom Brady slinging the rock. Last year's Patriots ranked 31st in pass rate, 31st in pass attempts and 30th in pass yards. HC Bill Belichick is clearly gearing up to chuck it more in 2021, but it's tough to imagine there being enough to go around for both Henry and Smith to post TE1 numbers.
The 1-year deal QB Cam Newton recently agreed to with the Patriots falls well short of being clear starter money. Newton starts out at $5.1 million for the coming season. That number rises to $6.6 million if he starts all year, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, and $8.6 million if he starts and the Pats reach the playoffs. With all incentives, the contract could climb as high as $13.6 million. Rather than committing to Newton as the 2021 starter, though, the Patriots appear to be committing to him as QB insurance. We'll see whether competition comes via the draft. Newton's deal does suggest that New England likely won't sign another big-name QB in free agency (or trade) -- but certainly doesn't rule out that option. Treat Newton as the likeliest Patriots starter in best-ball drafts for now.
QB Cam Newton and the Patriots have agreed to a new 1-year deal, according to The Boston Globe's Jim McBride. Newton was a major disappointment with New England last season, averaging just 177 passing yards and less than half a passing score across 15 games. In his defense, he dealt with COVID in the middle of the season and had very little to work with as far as pass-catching weapons. We'll see what the Patriots do to address that 2nd issue over the next couple of months. Newton at least remained a threat with his legs last year, racking up 592 yards and 12 TDs on the ground. This move shouldn't preclude the Pats from taking a QB in the 1st round of next month's draft.
Patriots QB Cam Newton was benched in the 4th quarter of Thursday night's loss to the Rams, finishing with 119 scoreless yards and a pick-6 on 9-of-16 passing. HC Bill Belichick said afterwards, though, that Newton remains the starter going forward. Frankly, the Pats don't have a better option. While Newton's arm isn't what it used to be, New England's lack of weapons is the much bigger problem Cam has now fallen short of 120 passing yards in 3 straight games and 4 of his last 5. Only his rushing ability makes him a QB2 the rest of the way.
The forecast for today's Patriots-Bills game calls for a chance of rain and 20 mph sustained winds with gusts over 30. That certainly puts a damper on the passing games. New England figured to go run-heavy anyway, so the bigger impact is on Josh Allen and Co. We'd also avoid both kickers in this game.
Patriots QB Cam Newton was pulled with his team trailing 33-6 in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game vs. the 49ers. He was abysmal in this one, completing 9 of 15 passes for 98 yards, 0 TDs and 3 INTs. Newton has 0 TDs and 5 INTs in 2 games since returning from the COVID list We imagine the Pats will go back to him, but we'll see what we hear over the next couple of days.
Update: HC Bill Belichick said, "Yeah, absolutely," when asked after the game if Newton remains his starting QB.
The Patriots had at least 1 and possibly 2 COVID tests come back positive on Friday, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates report. So the Patriots-Broncos game -- which was already pushed back a week -- is again in jeopardy. We'll continue to update this situation as we learn more.
Patriots QB Cam Newton has been activated from the COVID list. He'll return for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Newton was reportedly asymptomatic, but we're still curious to see if he shows any ill-effects from the virus. It adds some risk to Newton's Week 6 outlook, but he sits safely inside QB1 territory in our rankings. Newton's return is a significant upgrade for WRs Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry.
Patriots QB Cam Newton has been added to the COVID list and is out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Fantasy owners should plan on him missing multiple games. No other Patriots have been added to the list as of now. New England will turn to QB Jarrett Stidham vs. Kansas City -- a significant downgrade to the offense. Expect a run-heavy game plan from New England.
Update: The Patriots will start QB Brian Hoyer vs. the Chiefs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hoyer is at least more experienced than Stidham but is still a downgrade for the Patriots' skill-position guys.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots named QB Cam Newton their starter in a team meeting Thursday afternoon. It's certainly no surprise after Newton clearly worked ahead of Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as camp progressed. But it's nice to get official word. Newton gets a nice opening matchup with Miami at home, and his history clearly displays tremendous fantasy upside. We'll be quite interested to see Newton's early games to see how close he is to Carolina form. But Newton's well worth betting on outside of the top 12 QBs in fantasy football drafts.
"Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is adapting the offense, especially from a running game perspective, to amplify [QB Cam] Newton’s athleticism and ability to run the football at a high level." That's according to insider Evan Lazar after observing training camp so far. It's not surprising that the Patriots are altering the offense as they move from Tom Brady to Cam Newton -- but the confirmation is nice. If New England takes full advantage of Cam's mobility, he'll boast QB1 potential.
The Patriots have signed QB Cam Newton to a 1-year, "incentive-laden" deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. This fit has made sense since March, when QB Tom Brady signed with the Bucs and Newton was dumped by the Panthers. The trouble of getting Newton in for a physical with the Coronavirus concerns likely delayed the signing. Newton turned 31 in May and missed 16 games over the last 2 seasons with shoulder and foot injuries. But he also completed a career-high 68% of his passes with 24 TDs and 13 INTs in 2018, while also running for 488 yards and 4 TDs. New England is seemingly high on Jarrett Stidham -- but a healthy Newton will likely prove to be the best QB in town. He's the Patriots QB to take a shot on late in best-ball drafts. We'll look for reports on his health and standing on the Patriots' depth chart. See where Newton lands in the updated QB Rankings.
The Panthers are expected to release QB Cam Newton on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Carolina tried to trade Newton to the Bears and Chargers but couldn't get a deal done. So Cam will hit the open market. He'll turn 31 in May and has missed 16 games over the past 2 seasons with shoulder and foot injuries. The Chargers, Jaguars and Patriots seem like the best landing spots for Newton's 2020 fantasy value. We'll see where he lands.
The Panthers are finalizing a deal with QB Teddy Bridgewater, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bridgewater made himself some money last year by completing 69.7% of his passes with 9 TDs and 2 INTs while leading the Saints to a 5-0 record in place of QB Drew Brees. Over that stretch, Bridgewater ranked 6th in Pro Football Focus' passing grades and 4th in adjusted completion rate among 29 QBs with 100+ attempts. He's also familiar with new Panthers OC Joe Brady from their time together in New Orleans in 2018, when Brady was an offensive assistant for the Saints. This move would seem to signal the end of QB Cam Newton's time in Carolina.
Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Bridgewater is expected to sign a 3-year, $60 million deal.
The Panthers are "moving forward" with Cam Newton as their starting QB, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "A lot can still happen in the coming months," Rapoport adds. "While his foot is healing well, it will be several months until it’s game-ready — a timeline that complicates any potential trade." It's a hedgy report -- although it certainly makes sense that Carolina would have a tough time trading Newton while he's rehabbing that Lisfranc surgery on his left foot. We wouldn't consider this story over, but it does seem more likely than not that Newton is under center for Carolina come Week 1. He's been a fine value in early FFPC best-ball drafts, as the 21st QB off the board on average.
The Panthers are "pleased" with the progress QB Cam Newton is making in his recovery from Lisfranc surgery on his left foot, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. Newton is expected to be cleared for "some football activity" in March -- although the team is planning to limit him through the spring. That, of course, is assuming Newton is still with the Panthers. Newton said during Super Bowl week that he expects to be back in Carolina in 2020, but the team has been non-committal on his future. His status should be cleared up in March.
The Panthers have named Joe Brady their new OC. It's been a rapid rise for the 30-year-old, who spent 2017 and 2018 as an offensive assistant under Sean Payton in New Orleans and this past year as LSU's passing game coordinator. Brady won the 2019 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football and was given a lot of credit for QB Joe Burrow's massive 5,671-yard, 60-TD campaign. It's an exciting -- albeit risky -- hire by the Panthers.
The Panthers are hiring Matt Rhule as their new HC, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports. Rhule has been a hot name in coaching circles after he led a 1-11 Baylor team in his first season to a combined 18-9 record over the past 2 years. He spent 4 seasons as Temple's HC prior to that and also has 1 year of experience as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin. Rhule's Baylor squads ranked 25th, 19th and 43rd in the nation in passing yards per game.
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