"Cam is on track to do the things we need him to do now," Rivera said. "We've mapped out a lot of things. We're now getting to the point where the work load is going to increase and things are going to change and we're going to do things differently now.''
One of the things Newton won't be working on? Scrambling.
Rivera said Cam's gameplan, based on his offseason ankle surgery, won't include a high amount of improvisation during the Chiefs game.
Pretty sound logic considering how quickly Newton could re-injure the foot.
Cam comes up limping after stepping on Silatolu's foot. Stayed in.— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 11, 2014
The problem is Carolina can't be too cautious with Newton, who is getting an all-new crop of wideouts to play with this year.
Don't be surprised if you see them play for a while either. Rivera noted the starters could stick around longer in Week 2 by virtue of the short turnaround Carolina faces before the third week of the preseason, when starters typically see the most run.
"I'd hate to play half a game [against Kansas City] and then, bam, on a short week we're traveling on Thursday, playing on Friday and expect the guys to play [well],'' Rivera said. "So we may play them a little bit longer than you normally would in the second game and not quite as long in the third game."