Cam Newton on 2019 changes: It’s still a work in progress

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The offseason was filled with talk about Panthers quarterback Cam Newton changing his throwing motion and making other tweaks to his game in order to improve his chances of staying healthy and productive after last year’s right shoulder woes.

Newton told Peter King in an interview for this week’s Football Morning in America that he’s embraced that process. Rome wasn’t built in a day, however, and Newton told reporters on Thursday that the effort isn’t over just because he’s back on the field at training camp.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Newton said, via WFNZ. “One thing I wanted to work on was just being honest with myself. Knowing when to sit out of practice and working on my body. I’m as hungry as ever. But guys that are on board on offense need me to be my best self.”

The Panthers in general need Newton to be his best self if they are going to bounce back from the ugly end to last season and return to the playoffs. Making sure that the shoulder remains sound all year is going to be crucial to making that happen and it’s likely that the maintenance efforts put in place this year will be part of the picture for the rest of Newton’s career.

5 responses to “Cam Newton on 2019 changes: It’s still a work in progress

  1. You know I decry all the media hype about CM “I’m changing the game!” bwah. What crap.

    But I have to say: whenever I see a picture of him he appears smiling and upbeat. I like that about him.

  2. Cam Haters I know I won’t change your mind, but comparing Cam to other QBs is like comparing a Jeep Wrangler to a Toyota Camry.
    Yes Camrys are reliable, but there are some places only a Jeep will get you.
    Imagine if Gronk played QB. When he decides to run you better get out of the way.
    I hope he stays healthy he is so much fun to watch. One play he is threading the needle and the next he is carrying three tacklers into first down territory

  3. namingrights says:
    August 1, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    Cam Haters I know I won’t change your mind, but comparing Cam to other QBs is like comparing a Jeep Wrangler to a Toyota Camry.
    Yes Camrys are reliable, but there are some places only a Jeep will get you.
    Imagine if Gronk played QB. When he decides to run you better get out of the way.
    I hope he stays healthy he is so much fun to watch. One play he is threading the needle and the next he is carrying three tacklers into first down territory

    Then another play, he is watching other players try to recover his fumble during a super bowl. Even a Prius would have tried to jump on it!

  4. If you lived in the Panthers’ market and heard him regularly, you’d see that he is serious about this. I hope he stays healthy. Personally, I think that under pressure he (like most people) will revert to what comes naturally. That’s OK too as what comes naturally to him made him a League MVP. Haters can talk all they want about a fumble or his off-field presence. He’s fun to watch, period.

  5. It’s clear which commenters have never played football. If you have a bad play, you have to be able to move on to the next play immediately, not dwell on it years later.

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