The numbers didn’t look like much for Cam Newton.
But after his return to the field following offseason ankle surgery, he said getting through the night was an important first step.
“I haven’t pressed the throttle all the way down to the floor until today, trying to see how much I can do,” Newton said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “It was kind of like a shock at first. It’s one thing where you’ve got to tell your mind that you’re not hurt.
“I’ve been treating it as much as possible and trying to get as much as I can to make it feel better so when it’s out there you know it’s supposed to hurt, and sometimes it does hurt, but it’s just like a temporary pain.”
But it was Newton actually scrambling and having to test his left ankle that was the biggest hurdle to clear, as the Panthers have kept him from doing that through most of training camp.
“It was kind of embarrassing for me to lead my offense out there and not have a first down,” Newton said. “But when we did get things going it was fun to see, fun to sit back and watch.”
Given the still-uncertain state of their offensive line and receiving corps, they need him to do more than sit back.
But last night was a good first step toward him taking a more active role.