Should Cam Newton Owners Hit the Panic Button?

Sep 22, 2012

After three games Cam Newton has more turnovers (five interceptions, one fumble) than touchdowns (two rushing, two passing).
He is averaging 266.0 passing yards and 27.0 rushing yards. His passing total is up from the 253.2 he averaged last year, but he is well off the mark of the 44.1 rushing yards he averaged.
Many of you were counting on Cam as your first or second round pick to deliver the goods. So far he has had one good game and two poor showings.
In leagues that score passing yards at 0.05 points, rushing yards at 0.1 points, passing TDs at four points, rushing TDs at six points, and all turnovers at negative two points his weekly average has dropped from 25.44 ppg to 17.67.
The Giants played a heck of a game on Thursday. That will happen. The fact that he failed to deliver the goods against Tampa Bay is more troublesome. Sure, he threw for 303 yards, but he only ran for four and his two INTs negated his touchdown pass.
Although this week’s game was a disaster, there are some things to take away from it. For starters, by playing the Thursday game the team will have more time to prepare for next week’s meeting with Atlanta.
It will also give Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart more time to heal so hopefully they’ll be at full strength at the skill positions.
Another good thing that happened in Thursday’s bloodbath was the emergence of Greg Olsen. Newton repeatedly looked to Olsen (14 targets), who caught seven passes for 98 yards. It’s nice having that safety net. When Stewart (47 receptions last year) returns he’ll also help in that regard. Plus, Smith and LaFell give him excellent options on the outside.
While Newton has not met expectations thus far, it’s not time to make any drastic moves. No way would you get equal value. You just have to show some patience and hope he turns things around. If you’re looking to acquire Newton, it’s a good time to send out the feelers in case his owner has become jittery.
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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Caster
    September 24th, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Well, right after that thursday night game, someone in my league decided to offer me their players: Aaron Rodgers, Reggie Wayne , and Brandon Llyod for my players: Newton, Welker, & Maghee. I had to jump on it. So I definitely caught the jitters when I saw this trade! Thanks for another “W this week! My record is 2-0-1 this year! What do you think of the trade, Lest?

  2. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Fair trade. I like gettting the Rodgers end of the deal. Tough giving up McGahee, but if you have the RB depth you should improve both QB and WR sitautions.

  3. Alex
    September 24th, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    Got Newton and Manning in one league. I hear your call for patience, but does my second QB make you change your mind?

  4. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I would certainly see what I could get for them.

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