ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) is expected to be ready to practice after the Week 7 bye. Carolina has gone 4-0 under QB Kyle Allen, although his play has been uneven. We'll see if Newton is ready to return for Week 8 against the 49ers -- and then if the Panthers go back to him.
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 "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.
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