Newton (shoulder) hasn't been throwing during the first two days of OTAs, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports. Newton is coming off January surgery to repair his throwing shoulder after missing the final two games of the 2018 season. All reports regarding his recovery have been positive thus far, but it's not clear if Newton will be throwing much during OTAs at any point over the next three weeks. Even if he doesn't at all, Newton would still have one more chance -- the Panthers' mandatory minicamp from June 11 to 13 -- to get some live reps in before training camp.
Newton (shoulder) hopes to resume throwing footballs before training camp, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "I'm feeling great now," Newton said. "I feel like I do have full strength right now. But me telling the doctor that is different than, you know, whatever the clearance process may be." Newton had arthroscopic surgery in January after missing the final two games of 2018. The shoulder injury impacted his arm strength during the second half of the season, coinciding with Carolina's slide from a 6-2 record to a 7-9 finish. Newton's arthroscopic procedure in January included the removal of scar tissue that was left over from the surgery he had on a partially torn rotator cuff during the 2017 offseason. He's confident he won't have any more setbacks with his throwing shoulder, but the Panthers presumably will take a cautious approach leading up to Week 1. Even if everything goes according to plan, Newton is unlikely to get his usual reps during training camp and the preseason. In the meantime, he's trying to drop his weight down to around 237 pounds with the help of a vegan diet and a new personal trainer. Newton weighed 248 at the 2011 combine and was listed at 245 last season.
General manager Marty Hurney said Newton (shoulder) has increased his range of motion this offseason, but the quarterback has yet to throw a football, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Coach Ron Rivera offered similar comments in January and it seems Newton only continued to make progress as the offseason went on. While the quarterback remains without a timetable to resume throwing footballs, the Panthers have expressed nothing but optimism over Newton's recovery thus far and there doesn't appear to be any concern whatsoever about his Week 1 availability. Newton will be four months removed from arthroscopic shoulder surgery when OTAs kick off next month and six months removed before training camp starts in late July.
Coach Ron Rivera reiterated the Panthers are happy with Newton's recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his right throwing shoulder, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. "We're really pleased with his workouts," Rivera said. "Reports we got have been all positive. I look forward to seeing him soon, but just very happy that things are trending in the right direction." Newton looked like the quarterback of yore through Week 12 of last season, but lingering soreness in the shoulder ultimately proved too much to overcome, forcing the Panthers to shut him down after a paltry 131-yard, one-interception effort Week 15 against the Saints. He went under the knife Jan. 24, and every comment made by Rivera regarding Newton's rehab in the meantime has oozed with optimism. It's unclear if Newton will be able to fit in much, if any, work during the offseason program, but he nonetheless appears to be on track for the 2019 campaign.
The Panthers are pleased with Newton's rehab from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder, ESPN's David Newton reports. "From what I've gotten in reports, Cam's progress has been very good," coach Ron Rivera noted. "He's been getting all his workouts in. Just knowing that gives you a little bit of confidence going forward." Given the encouraging reports surrounding Newton's recovery, the team currently has no plans to seek veteran QB help in free agency. The Panthers are expected to re-sign restricted free agent Taylor Heinicke, while 22-year-old Kyle Allen remains under contract with the team. Additionally, it appears as though one of Newton's key targets, tight end Greg Olsen, will remain with the franchise, despite offers to move into the broadcasting field.
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|1||09/08||Los Angeles Rams||17||19.63|
|2||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||23.13|
|6||10/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||23.13|
|8||10/27||@San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|10||11/10||@Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|12||11/24||@New Orleans Saints||28||22.78|
|17||12/29||New Orleans Saints||28||22.78|
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