Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is making strides every day as he prepares himself for the upcoming regular season. Coming off ankle surgery, the Panthers have been wary to fully unleash Newton just yet, but each day he is progressing.
Newton will get his first preseason action this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, and although he admits he is not 100% just yet, Newton is confident he can play and perform well.
“The thing that keeps coming back up is, ‘Keep treating it. Treat it when it feels good, treat it when it feels bad. Don’t be that guy that only treats it when it’s nagging. Try to stay ahead of the pain,’ ” Newton told the Charlotte Observer. “That’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s been paying off.”
Although Newton is a wildly competitive person, he knows that the preseason is not the time to risk further injury. With that being said, Newton will play it safe and smart this weekend against the Chiefs.
“Each day it’s been getting better and better for me,” Newton said candidly. “At this point we don’t want to have any mishaps in the treatment process. I’m doing as much as I can, or as much as (Vermillion) is allowing me to do with my ankle, so I can be 100 percent when the time is needed.”
It will be interesting to see how Newton plays on Sunday, but you can expect by week 1 of the regular season for Newton to be at 100% and ready to help his team win games.