You’d be forgiven for thinking that Cam Newton is still a young buck, and whilst 30 isn’t old, it does mean that the window of opportunity is closing on the Auburn superstar. Especially when you consider his running style that has caused him to miss a few games. An whilst he is still the leader on offense, he may no longer be the superstar, with Christian McCaffrey quickly taking that mantle with 1900 yards from scrimmage last season, which included a whopping 107 receptions.
Back to Newton, he scored a career low 4 rushing touchdowns, having averaged 7.7 scores in his previous 7 season. That may however mean that he offers better value in the early weeks of the season. Given that he’s scored 58 times in 123 games (a rate of 47.2%) any odds over 2.75 will be very appealing.
As for McCaffrey, he has now powered his way into the end-zone 20 times in 32 career starts, and is very much a player on the rise. He has very little behind him on the depth chart, so I could be a popular selection when the new season begins……. depending on the odds, of course. Also, look out for full-back Alex Armah, that’s right, you heard it here first.
The wide receivers are an interesting group, the additions of Jarius Wright and Chris Hogan gives the Panthers some decent options to go along with 2nd year man DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel. Given Carolinas tendency to run the ball in the red-zone none of these guys will be prolific touchdown scorers, but given the right matchup you may see odds over 4/1 for all 4 guys.
Greg Olsen is now most definitely the wrong side of 30, and coming off several foot injuries his production is slowing down, so whilst he won’t be much of a threat from 80 yards out, he could see quite a few targets from around the 10 yard line, especially on 3rd downs, so don’t sleep on his touchdown value, IF he can stay healthy.