While the Panthers decided to fill their vacant offensive coordinator position with an in house candidate, Mike Shula, expect some tweaks to be put in play. Cam Newton has come to camp a little lighter, losing close to 15 pounds. Speaking with reporters, he talked about trying to rely more on his head than his athleticism. Shula even cited that Newton would check down to run plays if he wasn’t sure of what he was seeing at the line of scrimmages.
Coincidentally, running back Deangelo Williams told the media that the Panthers 2013 offensive philosophy will be centered more on a conventional ground attack. The Panthers are trying to avoid the drive killing turnovers that killed them so often last year. What does this mean for fantasy? In the best case scenario for Cam, he runs less, but becomes better at hitting outlet receivers. Newton was establishing better chemistry with Brandon LaFell and Greg Olsen. Both are tall targets and if Newton runs less in the red zone in shot gun formations, hopefully it means he’s hitting those guys in the back of the end zone.
We still like Cam a lot and believe the conscious effort to cut down on turnovers will actually make his game more efficient and perhaps make him a more consistent point producer versus his up and down 2012 season.