Tuesday, June 11, 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Cam Newton starts throwing the football again in meaningful games, the Panthers want to make sure he's doing it the right way.
Carolina's coaching staff is placing an added emphasis on improving Newton's throwing mechanics as the 30-year-old quarterback continues his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.
Newton threw about 20 passes to stationary targets on the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
Newton has done some light throwing before, but these were his first tosses in front of reporters since undergoing surgery in January.
The team promoted the event on Monday, announcing it would be live-streamed for fans to watch. But there wasn't much to see.
The 2015 league MVP didn't overexert his arm, essentially throwing light warmup passes of less than 15 yards to teammates. He did not participate in team drills.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the goal is for Newton to return to using the mechanics he displayed early in the 2018 season before developing shoulder soreness and struggling in the second half of the season.