Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
|QB - #10||66.50||CAR||Questionable||4 years||25||6'5||245|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-28-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Cam Newton is coming back from offseason ankle surgery and he is expected to be 100-percent by late June to early July. The ankle should have no effect on his play. A lot has been made of Newton's receiving corps (or lack thereof). They are really not that bad and he has a few of veterans who know how to get open. Cotchery, Underwood, and Avant have all performed very well in limited opportunities. None of them are a true No. 1 receiver; however, each can make a play when called upon. He also has young receivers Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt. Both have upside and showed some of that during last year's preseason, Neither have amounted to anything just yet and both ended up buried on the bench. The Panthers' top pass-catcher may be tight end Greg Olsen, whom they backed up with Ed Dickson for insurance. Carolina also drafted Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State with their first round pick. He is a huge target that can pull the ball down out of a crowd. When Newton's in trouble, Benjamin is a guy that can be thrown to even when covered. Newton can also leans on a stable of running backs. It goes without saying that Newton may be the best running QB in the league, especially in the red zone. His size allows him to do a lot more between the tackles than a Mike Vick or RG3 can. This may be the year Newton really pulls away from the pack as a superstar; he'll just need his passing stats to pick up where his rushes end.
Editor's note: Leagues which reward six points for passing TDs slightly reduce the value of dual-threat QBs like Newton.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen returned to the practice field Tuesday after missing a week due to a sore calf muscle, according to the Associated Press' Steve Reed. Olsen did not play in the Panthers' second preseason game last weekend. Olsen is one of the only veteran receiving options on the Panthers' roster going into 2014, as Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell both left the team in the offseason.Fantasy Analysis:
Olsen is an intriguing value prospect since he is being taken on average as the eighth TE in fantasy drafts. So it's good news that the calf issue turned out to be minor. Dealing with a squad of unproven, young receivers, expect QB Cam Newton to look Olsen's way early and often this season, particularly in the red zone. Olsen can be taken in most drafts with a ninth-round pick, and he stands as one most promising "sleeper" TEs with that kind of ADP.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/19 - Panthers TE Greg Olsen returns to practice
8/12 - Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is the 'star' of training camp
8/10 - Panthers QB Cam Newton cleared to start second preseason game
8/8 - Panthers QB Cam Newton still experiencing sharp pains in ankle
7/26 - Panthers QB Cam Newton still not 100% healthy
7/26 - Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart not concerned about his hamstring
7/21 - Panthers QB Cam Newton experiencing limited mobility
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|4.11||DLF - I wanted to grab Brees here but Cam will do just fine. I think Carolina will sort out the passing game but his rushing yards and TDs help a lot obviously.|
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