After undergoing offseason surgery, Cam Newton is still trying to get back on track entering week three.
Cam Newton rested most of the preseason and looked pretty rusty in week one’s victory over the 49ers. That carried over into this week’s ugly victory against the Bills, as both teams failed to score a touchdown.
Through two weeks of play, Newton has completed 34 of 57 passes for only 399 yards and 1 TD. He has also been highly inaccurate, missing open receivers on a few occasions. He had Christian McCaffrey wide open on a rollout for a TD, but badly overthrew him in the end zone.
The loss of Greg Olsen may present even more challenges on the field in the coming weeks. He will need to develop some chemistry with backup TE, Ed Dickson, to replace the safety blanket in the offense. The addition of McCaffrey was expected to help relieve Newton of some pressure, but the pressure remains as he’s been roughed up through two games. He was sacked 6 times against the Bills and even left the game temporarily after injuring his ankle in the second quarter.
Newton went on to finish the game, throwing for 228 yards on 20 of 32 passes and rushing for 27 yards on five attempts. The Panthers remain undefeated, but they’ve only scored 2 TDs through the first two weeks. Newton may no longer be an automatic start in your fantasy format. Even QBs like Trevor Siemian and Alex Smith have been producing bigger numbers than Newton, but don’t expect that to last.
Expect Newton to eventually start to produce. He should start to develop some chemistry with McCaffrey, which will result in a boost in each player’s value. Newton may not be an automatic start every week right now, but he should be in those talks again as the season progresses. He has a fairly easy matchup against a weak Saints defense in week three, but goes on to play a few difficult road games in New England and Detroit. If he practices fully this week, he should be considered to start in all formats.