Head coach Ron Rivera wishes his star quarterback could be out there, but the recovery process is on schedule, and Rivera is still optimistic Cam Newton will partake in minicamp from June 17-19.
"He's right on track," Rivera said. "We're very pleased with where he is. We just have to pick and choose when we have him on the field."
Newton has finished in the top 4 in each of his three NFL seasons, but his PPG has dropped from 22.9 to 20.6 to 18.7 in that same span. He lost his entire receiving corps and is recovering from ankle surgery, so he hasn’t been able to practice with his new receivers. He should still be a solid RB1 given his ability to run the ball, but there are several red flags heading into the season.