Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton struggled Sunday afternoon as his Carolina Panthers blew a 24-7 lead en route to a 49-35 loss to the Detroit Lions. Newton threw four picks, which naturally qualifies as a bad day for a quarterback. The good news for Cam Newton fantasy owners is that he brings serious scrambling skills to the field and it more than makes up for those errors in passing judgment.
Cam Newton finished the day with 280 passing yards, one passing touchdown, four interceptions, 37 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. The two rushing touchdowns give Newton nine on the season, which is the most by a rookie QB since 1970. Considering he still has six games left on the schedule, that's not too shabby.
Touchdowns in general are great, but for a QB, most passing touchdowns are worth four points instead of six. Add in the rushing yards points and each week he often puts together a strong fantasy performance just from scrambling. He has had plenty of rookie struggles throwing the ball, but his natural athleticism has more than made up for that when he runs with the ball. At this point he is as much a must-start as just about any other quarterback out there.