The Panthers begin their three-day minicamp Tuesday, and it’s fair to say that all eyes will be on quarterback Cam Newton. Specifically his right arm.
Why all the attention? Because, panthers.com reports, Newton will throw the football.
Cam Newton will throw at minicamp 😀https://t.co/eAvg0r7T5L
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 8, 2019
This is the (first) moment Panther Nation has been waiting for since he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder in late January to repair whatever it was that deflated his arm strength and severely limited his effectiveness last season. Such was the concern for Carolina that Newton didn’t play the final two games of the season, and then the Panthers selected quarterback Will Grier in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Fans shouldn’t expect to see Newton flinging the ball over the practice field. He is only scheduled to throw during quarterback drills, according to the website.
“This is all part of the rehab process,” head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, per panthers.com. “Cam has worked extremely hard this offseason with his rehabilitation and his preparation.
“He’s going to continue the throwing program Tuesday, and we’ll advance it as we monitor his progress. He’s achieved every milestone we’ve set out for him so far in preparation for this.”
As such, Newton is expected to be limited in his number of throws to stationary targets. The team has not indicated when he will participate in team drills.
A cautious approach is to be expected because this is not the first time Newton has battled shoulder issues in his eight seasons with Carolina. January’s procedure was the second on that shoulder in less than two years.
Newton, who turned 30 last month, passed for 3,385 yards last season, with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and a career-high 67.9 percent completion percentage. But his yards gained per pass completion was a career-low 10.6 as he continually threw short.
“He’s done an outstanding job with his rehab and just being accountable to get his shoulder in the best shape possible,” quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said, per panthers.com. “Mentally, with me in the classroom, he’s just been great. He understands how important all of this is. He’s progressing, and he’s excited about it. We all are. He’s got a chance to have a really great year.”