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Cam Newton


#37 Quarterback

42 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 13
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 32
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 244
40 Time: 4.56

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Jan 12, 2014 NFL Pedal Ankle Ligament Tear Grade 3 The procedure was designed to tighten ligaments in Newton's left ankle and give him more range of motion. Surgery was on March 19, 2014.
Aug 30, 2008 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 During his sophomore season, Newton played in the season opener against Hawaii but suffered an ankle injury. He then took a medical redshirt.
Aug 22, 2014 NFL Chest Rib Fracture Newton suffered a fractured rib in a preseason game. He missed the first game of the regular season as a result.
Dec 30, 2012 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Newton suffered a left ankle sprain against the Saints that was considered minor.
Oct 2, 2016 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Newton took a hard hit to the head during Week 4 action.
Dec 11, 2016 NFL Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Newton eventually underwent surgery on March 30, 2017.
Dec 9, 2014 NFL Back Vertebral Fracture Newton endured two transverse process fractures in his lower back in a car accident.
Jan 7, 2018 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Newton suffered ligament and cartilage damage, as well as extensive swelling. He avoided surgery.
Oct 21, 2018 NFL Shoulder Newton played through the injury until the final 2 weeks, when Carolina shut him down. Newton underwent surgery on January 24.
Sep 12, 2019 NFL Pedal Lisfranc Sprain Newton aggravated a left foot injury in the Week 2 loss to Buccaneers. He missed the rest of the regular season.
Jun 4, 2021 NFL Hand Newton suffered a slight bruise on his throwing hand in the Patriots' OTA session. He was ready for the Patriots' mandatory minicamp

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What You Need to Know:

  • A weak supporting cast and questionable arm strength crushed Cam’s passing production in 2020. On 368 attempts, Newton tallied only 8 TDs to 10 INTs.
  • His adjusted completion rate of 78.1% actually T-13th league-wide. But he was among the league’s most conservative QBs with a 7.3-yard average depth of target.
  • Newton didn’t exceed 1 passing TD in a game until Week 17 (3, vs. Jets)
  • The Patriots failed to support Newton with quality pass catchers. His top-3 targets: Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd and James White.
  • Newton’s rushing production is the only thing that saved his spot-start fantasy value. His 31 goal line attempts ranked 3rd most among all ball carriers. So did his 19 carries inside the 5 yard-line.
  • Newton ranked 2nd among QBs in total rush attempts, 3rd in yards and 1st in TDs.
  • After testing positive for COVID, Newton missed 1 game. It marked his only missed game of the 2020 season.
  • After the season, Newton spoke on the difficulty of learning New England’s system. He signed with the team in late June, 2020. "It was all new terminology, Cam said. “I wasn’t just trying to learn a system for what it was, I was learning a 20-year system in two months.”
  • In March, Newton re-signed with New England on a 1-year deal worth $6 million. He can earn up to $14 million total with incentives.
  • HC Bill Belichick has said Newton is the Pats’ starter until someone beats him out. The team used a 1st round pick on Alabama QB Mac Jones, who fell to them at the 15th overall pick.
  • First round QBs very rarely sit for an entire year. So look for Jones to hit the field at some point in 2021.
  • New England significantly bolstered the offense in free agency, adding TEs Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith and WRs Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. Losing Julian Edelman to retirement won’t have much of a fantasy impact.
  • If RT Trent Brown can remain healthy, the Pats’ O-line will profile as 1 of the league’s best units.
  • High pass volume won’t be likely no matter who’s under center. The Pats had the league’s 2nd highest run rate last year and remain built to lean on their ground game/defense.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Newton looks like a strong bet to start Week 1. Whether or not he keeps the job all year will come down to his performance -- and the development of Mac Jones.

With total games played a mystery, Newton is a potential dud in best ball leagues. But he'll likely end up as a usable piece for standard redraft leagues early on.


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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that he'll continue to play both Cam Newton and P.J. Walker going forward. Newton was yanked for Walker a couple of times in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and Rhule is making it sound like that was the plan and not performance related. Newton ended up playing 75% of Carolina's offensive snaps in Week 14. This plan, of course, puts a serious dent in Newton's fantasy value.

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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said after Sunday's game against the Falcons that QB Cam Newton is still his starter. Newton was benched on 2 separate occasions in the loss. He threw an INT and lost a fumble, although he did run for 47 yards and a score. QB P.J. Walker wasn't any better, completing just 6 of 12 passes with 1 TD and 1 INT. Newton will be tough to trust in Week 15 fantasy lineups with the Panthers so willing to give him the hook.

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The Panthers fired OC Joe Brady. It's a quick fall for a guy who was getting head-coaching interviews last offseason. Brady's Panthers finished 17th in Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA last year and are currently sitting 29th in this year's rankings. QB play, of course, has been a problem in Carolina. Senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon will step in as interim OC, according to The Athletic's Joe Person. Nixon's only OC experience came under current Panthers HC Matt Rhule at Baylor from 2017 to 2019.

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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Friday that QB Cam Newton "will take the first play" vs. Washington on Sunday. Cool. But Rhule also said QB P.J. Walker will "probably" play, as well. Not cool. We'll look for more details on Carolina's plan. But Newton would be tough to get behind even in Superflex leagues and DFS if he's not going to play 100% of the snaps.

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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that QB Cam Newton will get most of the 1st-team practice reps this week. It's confirmation that the team is hoping he'll be ready to start Sunday's game vs. Washington. Newton threw 4 passes yesterday, so we didn't get a good look at his arm. But he looked ready to make an impact with his legs. That rushing ability should make him at least a higher-end QB2 in fantasy lineups.

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