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Newton Knows About 90% of Panthers Playbook

Former Panthers’ quarterback Chris Weinke is working with the team’s top pick Cam Newton at IMG academies to learn the Panthers’ offense.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Newton has the Panthers’ playbook, about 90 percent of which Weinke has installed.

When Newton gets together with Weinke, the sessions are designed to mimic what Newton would be doing in Charlotte.

Here’s how they work it:

Weinke gives Newton the play call, using the precise Panthers’ terminology (including line protections).

Newton repeats the play as he would in the huddle, then simulates a huddle break by slapping the ball.

Newton calls out the Panthers’ cadence at the line of scrimmage, then drops backs and makes the throw. (On Thursday he had Giants WR Michael Clayton, Browns TE Alex Smith, Detroit rookie WR Titus Young and a couple of small-college receivers catching passes).

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