Cam Newton keeps taking baby steps toward camp target


The Panthers are encouraged by the progress of quarterback Cam Newton, but not enough to put him on the field for minicamp this week.

According to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, Newton took a few drops and threw a few passes Tuesday, but otherwise was held out of minicamp work.

“There was an outside chance he’d be able to go full but he’s on track,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We’re not going to force any issue with him so he was able to do what he was supposed to.”

The plan is still to have him ready for the start of training camp following offseason ankle surgery.

“I think I’m on schedule to make a speedy recovery,” Newton said after practice. “We are in the last curve and I am just trying to be smart about it, do everything that the trainers ask of me and more and see where that gets me.”

Hopefully, training camp gives him enough time to learn what to do with a rebuilt receiving corps, which is getting all its work with backup Derek Anderson for now.

9 responses to “Cam Newton keeps taking baby steps toward camp target

  1. It’s a hellava choice to have to make, but avoiding a setback is way more important than coordinating with a slower than most, receiving corps – at this time.

    Cam hasn’t missed a game in his career and the goal is to keep that trend alive. I worry about him getting hit too much this year. I hope he can hold up until we get some real weapons and blockers.

    Frankly, I’m hopeful, but it doesn’t look so good this year.

  2. Look at the facts, they speak for themselves.
    Panthers GM knows how to evaluate talent and supply impact players to his coaching staff.

    WR losses this offseason have been over hyped. Going into last season it was #89 and a few cast- offs that no one else wanted. It worked out OK, if the 29th ranked passing attack for the year is OK…..
    The 29th ranked passing attack and they are getting criticized for letting the aforementioned group go to other teams and sign bigger long term deals??Would anyone have been happy with a long term deal for Ginn or Brandon”I drop a lot” Lafell??
    The true test is with the OL. Gross let a few plays get by and was not as impactful on running plays last year. They have a few guys that were IR last year that they believe can make an impact. OL will be an inexperienced but athletic and powerful group.
    Defense…not much changing….just more of the same. They will be improved at DB, it couldn’t get much worse. 75% of coverage called last year only required the DB to keep they guy in front of them.
    Panthers are a Double Digit win team again this year with a young core for the long term.


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