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Ron Rivera expects Cam Newton to be more flexible, except about role

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There were plenty of mitigating factors around Cam Newton last year that prevented him or the Panthers from repeating their 2015 success.

But as they move forward, they’re hoping having Newton in better shape is going to help the results in the future.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that even with the beating he took last year, Newton didn’t need any offseason surgeries. But he did say he’s working on a new strength and conditioning program in hopes of being in better shape next season. Newton was bothered by knee and ankle problems early and a shoulder issue late last year, among the assorted hits to the head he takes at a high rate.

“Probably the biggest thing, more so than anything else, was he just had to go to therapy,” Rivera said. “Stretching, strengthening, stuff like that. My understanding is that’s what he’s been doing in his hometown. Everything I’ve heard is he’s been great. He’s had a good offseason, he’s been working with some strength and conditioning people back home and I’m really anxious to see him come April 17.”

Newton’s apparently dropped some weight since the end of the season toward that goal, after playing in the 260-pound range last year. And if he’s closer to 245 this year, Rivera thinks he has a better chance of him holding up.

“I’d like to see him more flexible, especially through the shoulders because that seemed to be where he had a lot of his problems,” Rivera said. “Get that shoulder strength back up, get that shoulder flexibility back and continue to keep himself at a specific weight that he feels most comfortable at.”

Of course, Rivera has said all offseason he hopes to have Newton running less next year, as they “evolve” (and Rivera was still using that word Thursday) their offense around the former MVP.

“Oh yeah, without a doubt,” Rivera said when asked if he expected Newton to rebel against that idea. “I promise you that’s going to happen. He wants the football, but we have to be very dogged in terms of what we’re going to do with him and how we’re going to do it. We have to pick and choose. It’s got to be the right situation and circumstances.

“But you know him, he wants to succeed, he wants to do things that help this football team win and I believe he’s going to do the things he needs to do.”

And apparently, coming back next year a little lighter and more limber can’t hurt.

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13 Responses to “Ron Rivera expects Cam Newton to be more flexible, except about role”
  1. cobrala2 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    Rivera was STILL using the E-Word? OMG!!!

  2. hawksfansince77 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:21 PM

    “I’d like to see him more flexible, especially through the shoulders because that seemed to be where he had a lot of his problems,” Rivera said. Needs to dab more as stretches.

  3. ireade says: Mar 2, 2017 12:23 PM

    the man needs a job…of course he says he’s going to stand. Stand or not, he needs to say he’ll complete passes and be a good teammate. thats what teams need to hear.

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 2, 2017 12:30 PM

    “he wants to do things that help this football team win”

    Except for, you know… Diving on his own fumble in the SB because he didn’t want to get a booboo…

  5. motsuret06 says: Mar 2, 2017 12:39 PM

    He tool a beating because of no offensive line and the blame foe that lies with their lunatic of a so called GM called Dave Gettleman whose responsibility it is to put players on a roster but this skin flint does not know the meaning of the word. Needs to be fired.

  6. grumpysal says: Mar 2, 2017 1:06 PM

    Perhaps if he was more limber a few years ago he could have stretched for that ball on the ground in the SB.

  7. redandgoldhitman52 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:22 PM

    Cam is 265lbs and he’s soft. He screams at the refs after every hit he takes demanding a flag because a smaller guy hit him too hard. He’s an embarrassment. If I was that big or any size i wouldn’t cry to the refs about getting hit in a physical game of tackle football. This isn’t flag football or two hand touch. If you can’t take a hit without crying to the refs then your playing the wrong sport. Cam should retire and play tennis

  8. RegisHawk says: Mar 2, 2017 1:31 PM

    Try yogurt with strawberries…

    Try yogurt with blueberries…

    Try tzatziki sauce…

  9. wib22 says: Mar 2, 2017 1:41 PM

    dive on the ball next time….

  10. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 2, 2017 3:05 PM

    Will be a good division to follow. How Super Bowl hungover will the Falcons be? Are the Buccaneers for real? Has Cam lost his confidence? Will he be more about football and being a good teammate vs dabbing and concerned about his attire during press conferences? Should be a lot of fun to see what goes on in that division.

  11. joetoronto says: Mar 2, 2017 5:16 PM

    His problem isn’t between his shoulders, Ron.

    It’s between his ears.

  12. jgedgar70 says: Mar 7, 2017 11:03 AM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Mar 2, 2017 1:22 PM

    Cam is 265lbs and he’s soft. He screams at the refs after every hit he takes demanding a flag because a smaller guy hit him too hard. He’s an embarrassment. If I was that big or any size i wouldn’t cry to the refs about getting hit in a physical game of tackle football. This isn’t flag football or two hand touch. If you can’t take a hit without crying to the refs then your playing the wrong sport. Cam should retire and play tennis
    _____
    Cam complains about getting hit in the head while standing in the pocket and not getting the same flag that the NFL PR department wants to get those flags, like Brady and Rogers, who get flags when defenders graze them in the elbow. It’s not right that those guys get flags when defenders pass by them and Cam can get hit helmet-to-helmet and get no call.

    By your screen name, I’m guessing you are a 49ers fan, which makes it hilarious you are on here complaining about the Panthers QB. Don’t you have your own house to get in order?

  13. jgedgar70 says: Mar 7, 2017 11:04 AM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Mar 2, 2017 3:05 PM

    Will be a good division to follow. How Super Bowl hungover will the Falcons be? Are the Buccaneers for real? Has Cam lost his confidence? Will he be more about football and being a good teammate vs dabbing and concerned about his attire during press conferences? Should be a lot of fun to see what goes on in that division.
    _____
    You can’t be serious. What the hell does Cam’s rotten fashion sense have to do with his play on the field?

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