Cam Newton will catch up with his new WRs next week


Other than a few 7-on-7s on the final day of minicamp, none of the Panthers’ new wide receivers has been able to work with Cam Newton this offseason as he recovered from ankle surgery.

They’re going to get a chance to catch up next week.

Panthers wideout Tiquan Underwood told Tom Pelissero of USA Today that Newton and the rest of the quarterbacks would get together for some work before training camp.

It’s been more difficult because Cam’s coming off an ankle injury and he had to get surgery, so we couldn’t throw with him as much as we would like,” Underwood said. “I know we’re all going to get together next week in Charlotte. We’re just going to try to speed up the process. We’re all going to throw — Derek Anderson, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Matt Blanchard and all the receivers — just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp.”

Newton needs to learn them, since they’re all new. The Panthers lost Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon this offseason, replacing them with first-rounder Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Underwood, Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery.

That’s going to take more than a week of throwing it around to make up for, but the extra time is at least a chance for Newton to catch up.

14 responses to “Cam Newton will catch up with his new WRs next week

  1. not sure which is worse.. the Carolina WRs or its game manager QB… I suppose the worst will be if/when that game manager decides to try and be more, then all hell breaks loose and this team sinks deep into despair

  2. vikesr4reel says:
    Jul 11, 2014 2:04 PM
    How do you spell over-rated??



    3 TDS

    Enough Said.

  3. Everytime I read comments with a negative attitude toward Cam Newton, I am seeing someone who is a fan of a team who has a poor or mediocre QB that can’t help but be envious of the Panthers.

  4. Anyone who thinks our recievers this year are worse than what we had last year, obviously didnt watch us play or doesnt understand football in any aspect.

  5. FYI, Cam’s passing stats last year:

    3400 passing yards, 62% completion rate, 89 QB rating, 24 passing TDs

    For a ball control run first offense with a 35 year old #1 WR, that’s not too bad.

    Btw, why is being a game manager so bad? Right now, Cam is still developing as a passer, so I’m fine with him being a game manager who can make plays when it matters, like the 4 game winning drives last year.

  6. No matter how you slice it, you can’t justify the jettisoning of all your WRs. No 12-4 team has ever done anything so asinine. Regardless of how nonproductive they may have been.

    You just don’t do it, especially when one was a security blanket and team icon. Add that to the fact that your growing QB can’t practice because of a bad ankle.

    Underwood may be the top target for WRs this year. Avant and Cotchery cannot get down field and as slow as Benjamin is, he may be relegated to the redzone and jump balls.

    The Panthers may not have the worse in the NFL, but they are without a doubt, the last WR corps in the NFCS. That’s just being real.

  7. Vikesr4eeel:

    if a headline tomorrow read, Vikings Trade for Cam Newton, I guarantee you’d be so happy you’d pee a little. Don’t spread your lame troll skol crap… We stomped your “4reel” team last year. We probably will again this year, so when Teddy Bridgewater even shows the slightest sign of panning out, then talk. Until then use spell check because overrated is spelled P-O-N-D-E-R in the first round..

    you’re welcome

  8. Cam’s stats last season were a direct result of the dink & dunk offense Shula runs. He had the worst yards/attempt of his career (ranking 16th among starting QBs) and even his 61.7% completion rate only ranked 16th among starters. He will never be more than an AVERAGE passer at best. He does bring more to the table than just passing but in the NFL, for QBs that run, it’s not a matter of IF they will get hurt. It’s a matter of WHEN they will get hurt. Cam Newton will NEVER get the Panthers to the SB. They won 12 games in spite of him last year, not because of him. And for teek77, this is coming from a Panther fan that lives within 12 miles of the stadium.

  9. Newton’s statistics last year were down due to the poor quality of his receiving corp. Cotchery, Avant, and Underwood have a better receiving record than Lafell, Ginn, and Hixon during their careers. Olsen was the only dependable receiver he had other than Smith. Although I was a fan of Smith, I prefer having Benjamin (by about 8 inches).

  10. As someone pointed out in the previous Panthers post, Cam did not have any offseason work with his WRs prior to training camp in 2011. He had a pretty good year that year.
    qdog112 says:
    Jul 11, 2014 9:42 PM
    No matter how you slice it, you can’t justify the jettisoning of all your WRs. No 12-4 team has ever done anything so asinine. Regardless of how nonproductive they may have been.

    You just don’t do it, especially when one was a security blanket and team icon.
    Yes you CAN justify it. There is nothin asinine about eliminating the whole group when none of them, including the team icon, produce any better than they did, it is easy to justify letting them all go. Hixon is already gone for the year due to injury, Arizona way overpaid for Ginn, LaFell never got over his dropping passes problem (if he thought Smith was mean, wait until Brady gets a hold of him when he drops a TD pass), and Smith, while still loaded with intangibles like fire and leadership, didn’t produce much. Every WR slot on our eepth chart is improved other than #1, because we don’t know yet how good Benjamin is.

    The Carolina WR group will be just fine, thank you.

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