Panthers Rookie Curtis Samuel Dropped Off At Training Camp By His Mom

Panthers Rookie Curtis Samuel Dropped Off At Training Camp By His Mom

Panthers Rookie Curtis Samuel Dropped Off At Training Camp By His Mom

A lot of that discussion focused on getting the ball out of quarterback Cam Newton's hands more quickly than in past years, which would allow receivers a chance to make plays after the catch as well as allow Newton to avoid some of the hits that lead to injury issues.

He'll be more patient: After practice on Wednesday evening, offensive coordinator Mike Shula mentioned that holding Newton to a "pitch count" on his throws and making sure he's patient in his recovery would have been a lot harder to enforce five years ago.

The former Heisman-winner is coming off one of his worst seasons in the National Football League, where he completed just 53 percent of his passes for a little over 3,500 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

"I couldn't imagine talking to (Tom) Brady, or talking to Aaron (Rodgers) or talking to even Matt Ryan or (Drew) Brees and saying, 'Are you going to stay in the pocket all day?'" Newton said. "But as far as designed or called runs, I could care less. In my career over the whole body of work, the things that have put me at an advantage most times is having that ability to run". I didn't want to speak it. For my career I can't let that happen again.

"I have had this mentality ever since out last game in Tampa", Newton said.

He wanted everyone to see precisely how serious he is about this season being better than last year's 6-10 Panthers effort.

Which is why when Newton stepped on the scale this week in Spartanburg, he saw a reading of 246 pounds, likely the lightest he's been since his college days.

That's what Newton's concerned about, and he said he's willing to go along with this new-look offense if it results in more Ws. "I took it extremely personally and I knew that something had to change and it started with myself and my impact on the locker room". "I wanted to action it".

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