Has the reigning NFL MVP gotten back into old habits of throwing off his back foot too much? Has the rest of his footwork gone askew?
In terms of mechanics, Coach Ron Rivera said there are “times you do see’’ a slippage.
“He is playing with the bad shoulder, trying to do the best he can with that,’’ he said. “Part of it, too, is having to get comfortable again with a [new] group of guys in front of him [because of injuries].
The story speculated it could be the pressure of losing in the Super Bowl and again in a Week 1 to the Broncos as well as a Week 3 setback to Minnesota that impacted his psyche. Protecting Cam Newton has been as big of an issue, but perhaps the shoulder is worse than the team is letting on.