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Panthers QB Cam Newton Has a Mid-Foot Sprain in His Left Foot; Hopeful to Play Week One

An X-ray and further testing on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton revealed a mid-foot sprain in his left foot according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Newton suffered the injury in Thursday night’s preseason loss to the New England Patriots and was spotted wearing a walking boot after the game.

General manager Marty Hurney told Rapoport the team is “cautiously optimistic” that Newton will be ready for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Observations of Newton’s throwing motion in his first game action since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery were generally positive even though there was little success on the field.

The Panthers and head coach Ron Rivera could be in serious trouble if Newton’s foot injury lingers into the regular season.

Second-year pro Kyle Allen, who has made one NFL start, has been the backup quarterback this preseason ahead of third-round rookie Will Grier and Taylor Heinicke but none of them are attractive ooptions for a team desperate to return to the playoffs in 2019.

Panthers Bring Back Veteran Safety Tre Boston

Tre Boston is back with the Panthers, as veteran safety has inked a one-year, worth $3 million according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

Boston is no stranger to Carolina, as he was a fourth-round choice of the Panthers in 2014 and subsequently spent three seasons in Carolina, starting 10 games in his final year with the team.

He was cut with one year remaining on his rookie contract, and was then signed to subsequent one-year pacts by the Chargers and Cardinals. In both campaigns, Boston started at least 13 games.

Last season Boston played for the Cardinals.

Panthers QB Cam Newton Throws with No Limits at Camp

After an injury filled 2018 that saw the team suffer in the end, it sounds like Thursday was ‘all systems go’ for Panthers QB Cam Newton as he had no limits on his throws at the team’s camp.

Cam Newton completed two long passes on the first day of training camp, displaying the arm strength that was noticeably absent the second half of last season.

The Panthers quarterback participated in 11-on-11 team drills for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery in January on his right throwing shoulder. After a shaky start, Newton completed a long TD pass to wide receiver Curtis Samuel — one that sailed 40 yards through the air — and another 45-yard strike to tight end Chris Manhertz Thursday night at Wofford College.

“Everything that we saw (leading up to camp) really just pointed to him being ready to go,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “It not only did a lot for us, but I think it did a lot for him just uncorking one like he did and letting it go.”

Newton threw about 40 passes during individual drills and another 40 during team drills and didn’t appear to be on any type of a pitch count.

Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said he wasn’t surprised to see Newton air it out.

“Oh yeah, there’s no limitations,” Turner said. “He’s out here practicing just like any of our other guys.”

Newton signed autographs for fans afterward, but declined comment.

“The long one to Curtis was great and he had a couple of other nice ones,” tight end Greg Olsen said. “For the first night I think it was what everyone was hoping for.”

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Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Panthers Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Panthers player on the list was linebacker Luke Kuechly, who comes in with a rank of 98.

Halfback Christian McCaffery comes in with a mark of 91, while tight end Greg Olsen sits with an 89.

Check out all the Panthers Rankings by clicking HERE.

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Three Questions About the Panthers as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Panthers had success early but stumbled late and ended the season 7-9, good for second in the NFC South, there are plenty of questions about the team as 2019 approaches.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a season playing into the postseason.

1. The Future of Ron Rivera

There’s plenty of eyes on Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who since being named the team’s head coach in 2011 has won two Coach of the Year awards.

Last season there were plenty of fans calling for his head after the club started 6-2, and then lost seven straight before finishing the year with a win over the Saints on the road in a game that was more like a preseason affair due to the Saints sitting all their starters.

The Panthers under Rivera have never had back-to-back winning seasons, and in his time with the franchise boasts a mark of 71-56-1.

He needs to have a good camp to install confidence into this franchise once again and set things straight with those that want him out of his job.

2. Can Cam Regain His Form Before His Injury?

While it’s a make or break season for Ron Rivera, quarterback Cam Newton may not be far behind, with plenty of fans ready to move on from the 30-year-old thrower.

Newton did not look like the same QB he always was in the second half of the season, and the team eventually shut him down for the final two games of the season as he dealt with a lingering shoulder injury.

After the season, it was revealed that Newton had undergone another surgery on the same shoulder had had surgery on in early 2017.

Newton’s injury was the main factor in the Panthers’ seven-game losing streak, and the franchise needs him to be 100 percent if they are going to contend with the likes of the Saints and Falcons in the NFC South.

Last season Newton threw for 3395 yards with 24 scores and 13 interceptions.

3. What Wide Outs Will Step up in 2019?

The Panthers have a burning question at the wide out position in 2019, and that is what receiver will lead the team?

Last season it was 21-year-old D.J. Moore leading the way with 55 catches for 788 yards and two scores. Moore has the talent to be even better this season.

Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel are two other pass catchers that will get plenty of chances during camp, and both of them could have big roles in 2019 for the team.

The Panthers top pass catcher in 2018 was running back Christian McCaffrey, and tight end Greg Olsen is another top target for Cam Newton.

Jarius Wright and Ian Thomas (tight end) are two more possible targets at the wide out spot for Newton. Camp will go a long way in determining who will be a top wide out on the team in 2019.

Panthers QB Cam Newton “Slated to Be a Full Participant” Once Camp Opens

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is “slated to be a full participant” when training camp opens in late July according to Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer.

That was always the goal when Newton underwent shoulder surgery in January and he appeared to be right on track in his recovery when he was cleared to throw at the June minicamp.

Nothing can be taken for granted, but it appears as if Newton will be 100 percent well before Week one.

If Newton can stay healthy and maintain is new throwing motion, the Panthers are a good bet to rebound from a disappointing 2018 season.

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