Tuesday marked Cam Newton’s return to projecting facing reporters after the second shoulder operation of his profession in January.
Newton had supposedly reworked his throwing motion during the rehabilitation process, a change that NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported had made those inside the Panthers building“giddy.“
On Tuesday, Newton“introduced“ his tightened throwing mechanics during Carolina’s first day of mandatory minicamp. Behold:Per colleagues about the scene at Charlotte, Newton threw around 30 moves during the approximately 25-minute session to stationary targets with a more compact motion; targets weren’t moving so that Newton could focus on keeping his cries in shape, NFL Network’s Tiffany Blackmon reported.
It’s only his first practice back, and there is no telling what Newton’s throwing movement will look like come September when the bullets are flying, however, the Panthers are impressed with the quarterback’s progress regardless.
„The shoulder began to go (last season), then you started to see what fall to the wayside. Now he’s an chance to return, rework those things, do exactly the things he wants to do to enhance,“ Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters. „He’s done a fantastic job and we are really excited about it.
„As I said, this is simply the first step of several and we’re really excited about tomorrow to see just how much more he is going to perform.“
The Panthers skipper added to Blackmon that Newton felt“great“ following practice.
Rivera couldn’t offer any information concerning the particulars of Newton’s reworked mechanics, joking,“I will give you a rundown on tackling.“ The Panthers coach did say that his message to Cam through minicamp is to keep doing what he has been doing.
„I’d like to see him continue to follow his throwing technique,“ Rivera added. „The way he throws the ball, I believe he throws a nice, tight spiral when everything is the way it’s supposed to be and that is what he is working for so we are just eager to see him just grow and grow“
Carolina hopes Newton’s return to form is twofold. A wholesome Cam should give way to a productive Cam, like the person who was completing 67 percent of his passes with a 15:4 TD-INT ratio during the Panthers’ first eight games in 2018, his very first effort under offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Asked if Newton was back on track to playing he did throughout the first autumn of 2018, Rivera was authoritative.
„Absolutely,“ the coach said. „As Norv said, I believe that the biggest thing moreso than anything else is you saw the expansion, you saw the development. He will now be in the next year in the system. Understanding exactly what he needs to do as a quarterback, decisions he needs to make, is going to dictate a lot about his casting style too.“
1 day down, 88 to proceed until Carolina kicks off against the Los Angeles Rams. For Newton, that’s 88 chances to improve and receive right.