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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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