Cam Newton was a quarterback for the Carolina Panthers for most of his decorated 11-year career. Before the NFL, he initially enrolled to play college football at the University of Florida. After being suspended from the team, he played one season at Blinn Junior College. He then finished his college career at Auburn, where in one season, he won AP College player of the Year, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, the Heisman Trophy, and the 2010 BCS National Championship. He finished the 2010 season with impressive stats including a combined 50 total touchdowns.
Cam Newton was the first player selected in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. His rookie season was electric, as he immediately led all QB’s in rushing yards and touchdowns. This was unsurprising considering his rushing prowess in college and his 4.59 (94th percentile) 40-yard dash time.
Newton’s running style was unique, as his size allowed him to withstand more contact than most NFL quarterbacks. He measures in at an imposing 6’5” and 248 pounds, with 9 7/8” (71st percentile) hands. Newton won NFL Rookie of The Year and Offensive Rookie Of The Year in 2011. In 2013, he led Carolina to the playoffs and earned his second trip to the Pro Bowl. After an injury-plagued 2014, he signed a five-year, $103.8 million dollar contract with the Panthers. The following season, he led the team to a Super Bowl appearance and was named the NFL’s MVP. Newton continued to produce on the field the next two seasons finishing fourteen games with a fantasy ranking of QB 10 or higher. Unfortunately, the extra hits and throws under pressure took a toll. Newton admitted shoulder pain during the 2018 campaign and underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the season. His Next Gen Stats reflected Newton as an average passer; he finished only one season top-ten in QBR. The shoulder injuries further diminished his accuracy as a passer.
In 2019, Newton suffered a foot injury that ended his season before Week 3. The Panthers released him and he signed with the New England Patriots, where he was effective as a runner, rushing in 12 touchdowns. He was resigned by the Pats, but cut in 2021 as the team pivoted to rookie Mac Jones. Newton was picked up by the Panthers again in 2021 and started five games. He posted an abysmal 5.8 passer rating during Week 12 and was pulled in favor of former XFL MVP P.J. Walker. Cam is not currently on an NFL Roster.