Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and first-round receiver Kelvin Benjamin have commenced the process of bonding away from the field. Eventually, they’ll begin the process of bonding on the field.
More than two months removed from an out-of-the-Carolina-blue ankle surgery, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Newton’s rehab is going well. He has attended all OTA practices, and he has been throwing some passes to receivers before and after practice.
But Newton hasn’t practiced and likely won’t practice until training camp. He has yet to be cleared to take drops, but he’s feeling well.
When the news emerged in late March, the Panthers initially pegged Newton’s recovery at four months. There’s a chance he’ll be ready to go before then; some think the Panthers applied an extra-long estimate of his rehab time in order to minimize the extent to which they’ll be pestered by people like me when the end of the window arrives.