Panthers coach Ron Rivera noted on Tuesday that QB Newton reported to training camp at 246 pounds. That came a day after Newton, who will be somewhat limited throwing when practice begins on Wednesday night after undergoing shoulder surgery in March, showed off his improved conditioning in an Instagram post.
“I’m pretty excited about where he is right now," Rivera said of Newton’s conditioning.
Rivera also is excited about his quarterback’s confidence, which he said during NFL owners meetings needed rebuilding after a 6-10 campaign in which Newton statistically had his worst season.
The story started by saying Newton joked a few years ago that he hadn’t weighed his listed 245 pounds since his final season at Auburn in 2010. The most common weight associated with the 2015 NFL MVP the past few seasons has been 260 pounds, and even that at times seemed on the light end for the 6-foot-5 player.