Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton isn’t expected to be recovered from his ankle surgery until training camp, and his ankle issues go back to his dream season at Auburn. It’s a nice clean-up procedure for the top QB, and he’ll be up and running at 100% before the season starts; I don’t think anybody is worried at all about that. I mean, the biggest worries at this point are the players around Newton, because they have massive holes at wide receiver and on the offensive line. They came into the offseason with needs at both positional units and are currently worse than before, and another big blow could be dealt to the offensive line’s talent if Travelle Wharton decides to call it quits. In fact, he’s reportedly more inclined to retire than to stay at this point.
Anyway, it’s still nice to hear confirmation that Newton is recovering well from his ankle surgery early on, and that’s exactly the word we’ve received. According to the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person, Newton’s agent Bus Cook stated at the South Carolina pro day to day that, in Person’s words, he is “recovering well” right now, “He’s doing fine. I mean, Cam’s a big, strong, tough kid. So he’ll be fine.”
Cook sure as heck isn’t worried and neither am I. And if anyone else out there has an inkling of doubt that Newton will be fine going into training camp, then it’s time to drop all of those worries. I love that Cook mentions his size, because Newton sure is a different breed of quarterback, especially when it comes to his rushing ability. He’s so big and strong that he’s like Ben Roethlisberger with Colin Kaepernick wheels out there, and it’s always incredible to watch him take off. It’s good to see him running a little less and making better, more mature reads under new offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who isn’t new to Cam after being his QBs coach in his first two seasons, and we’ll see even bigger things from Cam next year. The only people who should be worried are Newton’s opponents, unless if the Panthers don’t do anything to get more talent around their franchise passer.