Cam Newton could be seen in action again this week.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday as both rookies and veterans reported for training camp, Panthers coach Ron Rivera was optimistic about his quarterback’s recovery but hinted his reps will likely be monitored as doctors continue to watch his surgically repaired shoulder.
“We believe he’s ready to roll,” Rivera said, via team reporter Bill Voth, as he alluded to Newton’s probable pitch count.
Newton underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder in January after struggling last season. He showed off his progress in March when he posted photos of himself on Instagram that showed him working out in the gym. He threw at the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp last month.
But just in case Newton suffers another setback, the Panthers selected quarterback Will Grier in the third round of April’s draft.
Newton, 30, completed a career-high 67.9 percent of his passes in 2018 for 3,385 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The 2011 first-overall pick and 2015 NFL MVP has two seasons left on his current contract.
The Panthers stumbled to a 7-9 finish after a promising 6-2 start, but will look to return to the top of the NFC South for the first time since 2015.