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Captain Munnerlyn Impressed With Cam Newton’s Arm, Work Ethic

Panthers third-year cornerback/punt returner Captain Munnerlyn came away from the team’s player-run workouts impressed with first overall pick Cam Newton’s arm and work ethic.

“He’s a great kid, a great guy. He works hard. I’d say he’s a workaholic,” Munnerlyn said according to Ben Thomas of the Mobile Press-Register. “I didn’t think he could throw at first, but I was wrong. I watched him in the 7-on-7 drills and he looks great. He’s a big dude and a great athlete. I hope we can make something happen with him.”

A 2009 seventh-round pick out of South Carolina, Munnerlyn has started nine games in his 31-game career with the Panthers, totaling 89 tackles and three interceptions, all coming during the 2010 season, and averaging 9.9 yards on 61 punt returns. Penciled in as the starting right cornerback and punt returner when the 2011 league year opens, which Munnerlyn thinks will be soon.

“I’ve heard maybe it will be over in a few weeks,” said Munnerlyn. “Hopefully, we can get things settled and make it to training camp on time. With a rookie quarterback coming in and a new coaching staff (headed by Ron Rivera), we need to get back on the field as soon as possible.”

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