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May 25, 2011

Good move by Newton to attend workouts

Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross -- the man responsible for protecting Cam Newton's blind side -- was pleased when Newton showed up for Gross' charity kickball event last month a day after the Panthers took him with the No. 1 overall pick.

Newton played only a half-inning and left the kickball game early. But Gross said it was telling Newton came out at all.

"He doesn't even know what the event's about. But to come out because he wants to be a part of the team, a part of the guys, means a lot," Gross said at the time. "I appreciate him doing it. It means a lot."

It also means a lot that Newton will be joining his new teammates next week for informal workouts at Charlotte Christian that Gross and veteran offensive lineman Travelle Wharton have organized.

Newton has been training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with former Panthers QB Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey, another ex-NFL QB who played in Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's system.

Bus Cook, one of Newton's agents, had expressed some concern about the risk of injury at these player-run workouts during the lockout. But Newton won't be doing anything more strenuous than he's been doing for weeks leading up to and after the draft.

The throwing sessions will help Newton begin to develop a little timing with the Panthers' receivers.

More importantly, Newton's presence will help his rapport in the locker room.

Tony Paige, Newton's other agent, said he and Cook are conscious of the potential for injury next week.

"But his teammates have reached out to him and he's going to attend," Paige said.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on May 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM | Permalink


Smart move by Newton. He needs to get familiar with his teammates and obviously the system. I don't see him starting at qb this season or Clauson for that matter. I see Moore getting the job out of training camp with maybe one of those prior two taking over mid-season.

Posted by: Jon L. | May 25, 2011 1:26:15 PM

Moore is a free agent and if they have there choice of "veteren" qbs it wont be Moore. They will surely sign someone to mentor and help them grow as qbs and professionals but if Newton doesnt start it will be Clausen and I wouldnt be surprised if Newton ends up starting before the bye week.

Posted by: leonard | May 25, 2011 2:20:32 PM

"Bus Cook, one of Newton's agents, had expressed some concern..."

How many agents does he have? Isn't it unusual to have more than one?

Posted by: DF | May 25, 2011 2:21:55 PM

They have made a tender to Moore. Doesn't that make him a RFA?

Posted by: SSGPat | May 25, 2011 3:38:57 PM

Out of general curiousity, Isn't newton left handed??? That would make J Otah the blindsided protector. I am extremely skeptical of Otah's pass blocking skills.....

Posted by: Josh | May 25, 2011 3:47:55 PM

@DF No its not unusual at all some agents like to take on 1 client and handle 1 thing. Others would rather handle marketing and endorsements. Some handle both. But I will say the ones who think they can handle both suck at it. Its no surprise that Cam has 2 agents since there are already lots of companies trying to sign him to endorse their products

Posted by: C_Boss | May 25, 2011 3:51:09 PM

re josh - Newton is right handed.

re sssgpat - no one knows what if there will be restricted free agents under the new CBA, or what rules at all will be used when some sort of agreement is reached. But yes, under the 2010 rules, Moore is a RFA, and has been tendered. Problem is, most people are predicting those tenders will be worthless when there is an agreement.

Posted by: swizzlesticks | May 25, 2011 4:05:28 PM


you're right, it was Tebow last year who was leftie. My bad

Posted by: Josh | May 25, 2011 4:13:49 PM

What a total waste of sports print. Damn wish I had that 3.5 minutes back of my life. Any other Panthers other than that one?

Posted by: gym rat | May 25, 2011 4:34:24 PM

Does the pickle claussen plan to attend?

Will Steve show up and punch anyone?

Posted by: MELISSA | May 25, 2011 4:50:30 PM

gym rat,
try reading the title before reading the rest of the article. USUALLY it is a tip-off as to who/what the article is about.
stop the hate.

Posted by: Ed Teach | May 25, 2011 4:53:01 PM

If it took you 3.5 minutes to read that then you need the practice.

Posted by: CW | May 25, 2011 5:45:02 PM

Are haters happy now? No NFL in 2011 because of your dumb greedy union thugz. With the season all but cancelled will they even sign this new laptop thief pay4play dropout or will wait until 2012 when they next play again? What a joke. Never let inmates try to take over the asylum again. Time to clean house of the retardz. Hire all new better more talented players. Owners laugh all the way to the bank and will save billions off the old losers.
Time for a brand spanking all new revised NFL.

Posted by: owners rule | May 26, 2011 7:58:44 AM

its looking bad.


Posted by: tom | May 26, 2011 8:50:31 AM

no season this year, or maybe a half a season, i am wonder can the owners get replacement players to play if the cba is not complete, i would love to see keanu reeves out their and the cigarette smoking kicker..sht i might try out, i havent played fottball in 10 years but why not now..i want the replacement players...

Posted by: youngpanthernation | May 26, 2011 9:51:50 AM

Are haters happy now? No NFL in 2011 because of your dumb greedy union thugz. With the season all but cancelled will they even sign this new laptop thief pay4play dropout or will wait until 2012 when they next play again?
What???? It's obvious you are a Cam Newton hater, of course they will play him when they do have a season you idiot. Also I hope you know that Drew Breese and Mike Vrabel is also the face of the union thugs.

Posted by: jsn23nc | May 26, 2011 2:09:38 PM

We got a cue card QB and a comic book owner with a joker as the GM...Bet ole JR is laughing his arse off with the new rookie cap coming...Cam bust's he's gone in 2yrs with no big check to take with him...LOL great move JR!

Posted by: Nick Saban | May 26, 2011 3:27:35 PM

Cue card QB LOL!..the players won't use cue cards there agents are afraid of paper cuts!..I agree on the rookie cap...The agents and rookies just had there developement time/money cut BAAAD! funny i think ,teams can use that cash for real NFL players...Jamarrcus Russell would be working at mcdonalds if they had a rookie cap 4-5 yrs ago!

Posted by: John Fox | May 26, 2011 3:33:53 PM

GO OWNERS! ,put those overpaid babies in there place...sweat those 6 luxury cars and child support out of them chincy bastids!

Posted by: MRBernz | May 26, 2011 3:36:47 PM

You would'nt be rootin for the owners if you had a REAL QB like my Saints...you Canther fans don't care because Cam's gonna bust and your gonna suck anyway. I want Brees on the field NOW! he's got 3-4 good yrs left and were a contender ,not pretender Canther kitty's that won't win 4 games anyway...Keep pickin loser's ,loser's you are the worst team in the NFL congrats.LOL see ya in the playoffs ,oh yeah you won't be there...until cam's GONE in 2 yrs!..I hope the owners don't get the rookie cap so your stuck with Busta Newton cashin checks for 4-5 yrs like his twin bust Jamarcus Russell!

Posted by: seenthisb4 | May 26, 2011 3:47:16 PM

seenthisb4...I am hoping for a BIG hurricane season for YOU!

Posted by: Rae Carruth | May 26, 2011 3:49:48 PM

Hey seenthisb4 -


Posted by: manu4t | May 26, 2011 4:45:13 PM

Come On guys....I think NEWTON has to do this.....especially since Gross is going to be protecting his but....

Posted by: Scott | May 26, 2011 10:51:53 PM

Who drafts first next year if there is no season this year... Hmmmmm????

Posted by: FuriousStyles | May 27, 2011 11:35:01 AM

go ask the union retards.

anybody catch their idiot lead attorney on tavis smiley earlier in the week?

where did they find this one? his IQ couldnt higher than a squirrel.

they will get whats coming to them. lol.

Posted by: busta union | May 27, 2011 1:05:58 PM

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