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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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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.

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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2:40pm EST 11/14/21

Panthers QB Cam Newton is active for today's game vs. the Cardinals. QB P.J. Walker will start, but Newton could mix in for a few plays. It's obviously a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

The Panthers signed QB Cam Newton to a 1-year deal. As you may recall, the Patriots released Newton back in training camp amid a shaky summer. Some speculated that Newton’s vaccination status also played a role in the team’s decision-making, although the 32-year-old has since been vaccinated. P.J. Walker will start Sunday at Carolina, but it’s possible Newton takes over from there. And with an ineffective and injured Sam Darnold (shoulder) out 4-6 weeks, Newton might have a chance to keep the starting gig for the remainder of 2021. Cam should at least keep this offense afloat, but our fantasy expectations aren’t high for him. He's only worth an add in 2-QB leagues.

The Panthers brass is set to meet with free-agent QB Cam Newton on Thursday, according to The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Alexander. Carolina is expected to be without QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) for the next 4-6 weeks. Newton would be an upgrade over QB P.J. Walker -- and an upgrade over the Darnold we've gotten the past month. We'll see where this goes.

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