If you took the chance on Andrew Luck's shoulder last season, you may want to follow the same path with Cam Newton. Like Luck, Newton has QB1 potential, with enough downside priced in for his injury to make the risk worth taking in the middle rounds. Even in an injury-marred season, Newton still finished as a top-15 quarterback; he was ninth on a per-game basis in standard CBS Fantasy scoring. If Newton is fully healthy, there's still obviously elite potential here, and the price is low enough you can afford to draft a quality backup with risking much at other positions.
Newton (shoulder) increased his throwing range to approximately 20 yards Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Newton also threw to moving targets rather than stationary ones, but he still has a ways to go before he's cleared to practice with teammates. It should happen early in training camp, if not at the very beginning, as he'll have time to build up arm strength over the next six weeks. Based on pictures circulating around Twitter, Newton appears to have successfully lost weight in the offseason with help from a new trainer and a vegan diet.
Newton (shoulder) has begun throwing again for the first time since his offseason surgery, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Newton hasn't thrown in full-team OTA practices but has started overhand throwing regulation-sized footballs again during his rehab, which is a positive sign in his recovery process. It's unclear if he'll be able to throw during reps with his teammates at OTAs or minicamp, but it's expected that he'll be participating in most workouts when training camp rolls around.
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.
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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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