The Carolina Panthers gave an update on the quarterback.
Another day, another update on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. According to a report from Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, Newton may be healthy sooner than we think.
According to a tweet she wrote earlier Monday, the Carolina Panthers believe that Newton is likely to pass a physical and be cleared for some football activity next month. They are still going to be careful during spring workouts. Of course, this is all dependent upon whether Newton remains with the team. As for right now however, it sounds like the Panthers are going to exercise caution and move forward as if Newton is staying.
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This is certainly good news. For one, it means that he is progressing nicely in his recovery. Secondly, it means that he should be in a position to go by the time the season starts. Now, whether he remains with the Panthers or not is the big question. However, it is good to hear that he is progressing nicely.
Just from a football standpoint, I wonder what kind of shape he will be in when he returns to football activity. Will he still have the same zip on his throws? Will his shoulder be okay to handle multiple throws? How much stamina will he have? As far as the last question goes, I think it’s going to be a matter of building up to a point where he will be able to play a full game again. That’s what usually happens in rehab, and especially for a quarterback, the health of his shoulder is going to be crucial.
Even still, this is great news for Newton as it means that he could be ready to go relatively soon. Either he will play football with the Carolina Panthers, or he will play football with another team. Particularly for the organization, if they were to trade Newton, his health will certainly impact his trade value. If he is able to get into game shape and ready to go, that would help Carolina get a better return for the quarterback.
Either way, this is a positive development all-around. I’ll be interested to see how he progresses, and if the Carolina Panthers keep him. In what has been an offseason of change, Newton is perhaps the most polarizing figure of the organization at this time. That is through no fault of his own, but the fact still remains that the Carolina Panthers have a big decision ahead of them in regards to whether he will be on the roster for 2020.