Panthers minicamp opens on Tuesday June 13th and will run through the 15th. This will be the last time the team will be together until players report to training camp in over a month. With that being said here are some of the biggest stories to follow over the next few days…
What’s really going on with Cam Newton’s arm? Last week head coach Ron Rivera was quoted saying that the organization was expecting Cam Newton to throw during the team’s upcoming three-day minicamp. However, recent reports from Newton himself tell a different story. In an interview during his charity kickball event he was quoted saying that he wasn’t ready to throw overhand yet. Newton was already facing some criticism for undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30, a relatively late time for a superstar quarterback to be having shoulder surgery. Newton was given a 12-to-16-week recovery window for his shoulder and as of right now he’s still well within that window, but he is expected to be ready to throw during training camp once it opens in late July.
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The wait to see Christian McCaffrey will soon be over… Christian McCaffrey arrived in Charlotte on Sunday to get adjusted to his new home and for his first appearance with the team since rookie minicamp at the beginning of May. Minicamp opens on Tuesday, but McCaffrey won’t partake until Wednesday and all eyes will be on him. According to McCaffrey himself, he hasn’t been taking too much pleasure in his downtime. He seems to have adapted a team-first mindset as he’s been working out and training three hours each morning since his teammates were unable to have any fun. He also spent his afternoons and evenings watching film and talking on the phone with running backs coach Jim Skipper. The Panthers will look to hit the ground running with their coveted first round pick as he’ll get in work with both the running backs and a little with the receivers as well.
What is the deal with Michael Oher? Oher has been in the NFL’s concussion protocol since the end of last September. The Carolina Panthers don’t sound too optimistic about his future with the team as any comment regarding Oher’s status is usually about Oher’s personal well being. Oher is expected to be at the team’s minicamp this week, but he’ll still have to pass a concussion test and there’s little known about what physical condition his body is in. Oher hasn’t been in much contact with the team since Dave Gettleman flew to Nashville to meet with him a little over a month ago. Oher was charged with assaulting an Uber driver in April and his trial date is set just a few days before training camp opens in late July. The Panthers offensive line struggled once Oher went down with injury. The team was unable to find a suitable replacement as Mike Remmers gave up 9 sacks and 49 quarterback pressures. With Remmers moving over, the line had to replace right tackle as well and Daryl Williams and Trai Turner both struggled to fill that void. The offensive line is certainly better with Oher, but it remains to be seen where he stands with the organization.