Cam Newton is scheduled to throw at Carolina Panthers minicamp this week.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is arguably the most criticized quarterback in the league. Even during a historic MVP season (2015), Newton drew the ire of fans from NFC South divisional rivals, those of other teams in the league and even some who consider themselves to root for the Panthers.
Since winning that fabled award, Newton suffered a torn rotator cuff in 2016 and underwent another procedure on his throwing shoulder after last year. Obviously injured over the course of a second half collapse for Carolina during 2018, Newton was ultimately shut down for the final two games of the season.
Unable to throw the football down the field, defenses capitalized on a seemingly one-dimensional offense despite Newton’s best efforts. Following surgery in January, Newton has undergone a rigorous offseason rehab program and is now set to throw for the first time in practice drills during the Panthers minicamp this week.
While this will be the first “public” throws Newton makes since the surgery, he has been progressing and was recently filmed making a few passes on the practice field, much to the chagrin of coach Ron Rivera.
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Now it is being reported that not only is Newton set to make his first throws in front of the media, but he will also debut a new throwing motion. Hoping to remain healthy and quarterback the Panthers well into the future, it appears the franchise quarterback has been working on a way to improve while assuring he won’t re-aggravate the injury.
General manager Marty Hurney has reconstructed a roster filled with potential, including a revamped offensive line to protect the quarterback. If all goes well, and Newton remains healthy, the Panthers could be poised for big things this season.
Remember, before the injury last year, Carolina was 6-2 and bound for a return to the playoffs. However, a seven game slide after being dismantled by the Pittsburgh Steelers has led many to underestimate this team in 2019.
If Newton is healthy and able to throw using these newfound mechanics, Carolina will be poised to compete for the NFC South championship.