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.