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June 19, 2014

Newton 'sluggish' in return to Panthers practice

After weeks of underwater treadmill training and very little practice, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton participated in 7-on-7 drills on Thursday in Carolina’s final minicamp practice.

The fourth-year quarterback was shaky to begin the day but got more comfortable by the third drill. He finished the day going 8-for-15 while most of his incompletions were high.

“Real sluggish,” Newton said of his performance. “My mind was moving faster than my body but that comes with time. I’m excited to get back out there. I’m not 100 percent yet but any progress is good progress for me.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said only he, Newton and the coaching staff knew Newton would participate as much as he did Thursday.

Newton went 2-for-5 in his first drill, including two high incompletions to start the day. He went 1-for-5 in the next drill and just missed receiver Kelvin Benjamin on a pass in the back of the end zone.

His final drill, one with much less resistance from the defense than the previous two, saw him go a perfect 5-for-5 to end the day.

“He has a little high, a little eager,” Rivera said. “He talked about feeling like he had been cooped up and he got a chance to go out there and spread his wings a little bit. He made some good decisions, made the right reads but just didn’t deliver the ball where he needed to and that’ll come with time. The healthier he gets, the better he gets.”

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM | Permalink


Release EL Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jun 19, 2014 1:42:31 PM

He's gotta get those high passes under control before the season starts. They plagued him all season last year.

Posted by: Andy | Jun 19, 2014 2:23:55 PM

I thought steve smith's height was the reason for the high passes. Could it be that newton just isn't accurate?

Posted by: El Diablo | Jun 19, 2014 2:42:49 PM

He has bad mechanics, he throws off his back foot without stepping into his throws which causes the ball to sail high

Posted by: Chip | Jun 19, 2014 2:56:03 PM

He has bad mechanics, he throws off his back foot without stepping into his throws which causes the ball to sail high

Posted by: Chip | Jun 19, 2014 2:56:03 PM

he was throwing high?

hahahaha, nothing new there.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 19, 2014 3:13:48 PM

He just needs to get used to his new super human abilities that his newly installed bionic ankle gives him. Its not a bad thing that he can through the ball 100 yards in the air from end zone to end zone. The accyracy will come as his new bionic ankle adjusts to his body.

Posted by: Kelly Tripuka | Jun 19, 2014 3:59:51 PM

all the boo birds can't wait to have something negative to say.... here's what you can do.....go cheer for another team !! We don't need you !!

Posted by: tony | Jun 19, 2014 4:27:04 PM

Thank you, tony!!!!

Posted by: jaysonH | Jun 19, 2014 5:07:51 PM

amen, brother tony.

Posted by: brian | Jun 19, 2014 6:04:42 PM

Could it be that just maybe he hasn't throw the ball that much this off season.

Posted by: jason | Jun 19, 2014 6:12:57 PM

The koolaid drinkers are surprised!..That was the scouting report when he was drafted was average accuracy and tends to sail the ball especially when pressured...You can't teach accuracy you have it or you don't.

Posted by: Nick Satan | Jun 19, 2014 6:33:07 PM

Well Gettleman will be looking for a QB before Cam is eligible for a big contract you can bet on that after that SF game last year and this .500 campaign this year bet on it Cambots...Ohh he can run and pass!..Dumb^&^

Posted by: Panthers1995 | Jun 19, 2014 6:36:42 PM

Agree Nick he's never been accurate and you don't learn that!

Posted by: Panthers1995 | Jun 19, 2014 6:37:53 PM

Panther1995 and Nick Satan. Both of you sound like idiots. You cant teach height, you can't teach size, you cant teach arm strength, YOU CAN TEACH ACCURACY! Accuracy is a technique that CAN be perfected. The saying came from Bill Parcells in talking about a QB he had at the time. You people have the saying all backwards, no wonder because you made a bass ackwards comment.

Posted by: Gon Freecs | Jun 19, 2014 8:17:33 PM

Never seen so many people downing someone during recuperation from injury if can wasn't accurate he wouldn't be in the nfl!!! If cam wasn't accurate he wouldn't have set passing records as a rookie, if cam wasn't accurate he wouldn't of received rookie of the year honors nor 2 pro bowls seasons...can gets better everyday he wakes up and if
Any of you think otherwise are just straight up haters and some of you are representing panthers names, what a joke and what fair weather fans I wish you all would jump off a cliff and/or get a day job because your skill evaluations are pitiful...lol cams gonna be replace what a joke!

Posted by: Devin | Jun 19, 2014 10:54:13 PM

Cam is going 2 be just fine sure he throws a little high but there is much more upside than down with cam

Posted by: dandapantherfan | Jun 19, 2014 11:02:33 PM

Dez Bryant could catch those balls. That's what we need. I stand by it. I said it before and I said it again. We need to drop the bad blood and trade Kalil for Dez before Kalil does any more things. He constantly puts up bad numbers and Dex could catch any balls.

Posted by: Lenny Jacksin | Jun 20, 2014 12:13:15 AM

Nothing new here. Cam has been throwing high to his receivers since his rookie year. He will never be a Tom Brady in the passing department. Its good to seem him get back on the field though.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Jun 20, 2014 12:36:50 AM

Nick Satan and Panthers 1995 are 100% wrong. You most definitely can improve accuracy. In 2012, Cam had a 57.7 completion %. Last year, it improved to 61.7 completion %. Another example is Matt Ryan. From his 4th to 5th year, his completion rate improved from 61.3 to 68.6.

Posted by: Nik | Jun 20, 2014 1:15:09 AM

Geez, do you think maybe it's because Cam is rusty from not having thrown the ball at all the past few weeks? Yeah, he may not ever have elite accuracy, but he's already average (61.7%) and can definitely get into the 62% - 63% range with better footwork.

Posted by: Nik | Jun 20, 2014 1:19:17 AM

It's all about the footwork. These Cam haters don't realize that Cam's ankle issues have bothered him since college. It absolutely affects his accuracy because he tends to avoid putting pressure on his left ankle by stepping into the throw. Especially when pressured, Cam tends to throw off his back foot (a much harder throw). Hopefully, this ankle surgery will help fix that.

Posted by: Nik | Jun 20, 2014 1:23:50 AM

Hey Panthers1995, you're out of your mind. Seriously, you have no clue what you're talking about. Dave Gettleman stated in his post-season press conference that Cam "proved" he is the franchise QB.

Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10293367/cam-newton-proved-carolina-panthers-franchise-quarterback-gm-says

Posted by: Nik | Jun 20, 2014 1:27:35 AM

Hey Cam haters, here are some 2013 stats for you:

Pro Bowl
62 completion %
89 QB rating
3400 passing yards
580 rushing yards
24 passing TDs
6 rushing TDs
4 game winning drives, 3 game winning TD drives
3 game winning TD PASSES against the Patriots (playoff team with elite QB), Saints (playoff team with elite QB), and Dolphins (fringe team that almost made the playoffs).

Posted by: Nik | Jun 20, 2014 1:30:22 AM

This was despite average pass protection, terrible run blocking, hurt and old RBs, a bottom 3 WR corps, and super conservative Mike Shula play calling.

Posted by: Nik | Jun 20, 2014 1:42:05 AM

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