Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton practises for first time since ankle surgery
"He talked about feeling like he’d been cooped up and finally getting a chance to spread his wings a little bit," Rivera said. "He made some good decisions, made the right reads. Just didn’t deliver the ball where he needed to. That will come with time. The healthier he gets, the better he gets, the more he’ll be in tune with what he needs to do."
This is good news Panther fans! Newton's rehab from offseason ankle surgery is on schedule if not slightly ahead of schedule. We still see no reason why he would not be 100% for training camp and the start of the season. Newton can now focus on getting in tune with his bevy of new wide receivers.
Rivera felt it was important for Newton to take the field not just to acclimate with the offense but to give the whole team a motivational boost as well.
"It just shows the team that he’s coming, he’s getting ready and he’s working hard to get himself ready," Rivera said. "It was good to see his teammates see him out there."
I'll trust Rivera knows a thing or two about team chemistry and the need to see its leader on the road to recovery and being 100%. It certainly made me feel better.