After weeks of rehabilitation, Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton will finally get to step in the field and throw a pigskin for a preseason action.
The 2016 Super Bowl runner up Panthers is expected make quarterback Newton start in the Week 3 game of 2017 NFL preseason on Thursday, August 24, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Ron Rivera confirmed on Tuesday.
“What we are trying to do is practice fast and create that as close as we can to game simulation as far as that is concerned,” Panthers HC Rivera said to ESPN. “I thought they did that for us [Tuesday]. I think it showed. You could see the timing coming back.”
While Cam Newton has yet to play for an exhibition contest, he has been speeding up his throwing skills. Newton, the Panthers’ first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Auburn, was seen throwing the pigskin around in roster drills practices on Monday and Tuesday after relaxing his shoulder throughout a fine segment of the training camp.
The Carolina have been careful with the three-time Pro Bowler quarterback since he underwent surgery operation on his right shoulder back in March to repair a slightly torn rotator cuff, though Newton was expected to play “at some point” in this year’s preseason.
The 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton will likely be starting under center when the Carolina Panthers opens their 2017 NFL regular season campaign on 10th of September against the 49ers at San Francisco.