Panthers QB Newton pleased with shoulder rehab

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is pleased with his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery and is optimistic that he will resume throwing before training camp.

"I'm feeling great now," the former MVP told ESPN over the weekend. "I feel like I do have full strength right now. But me telling the doctor, that is different than, you know, whatever the clearance process may be."

Newton, who turns 30 on Saturday, had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January after sitting out the last two games of the 2018 season. Doctors removed scar tissue that remained from a 2017 surgery on his partially torn rotator cuff.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback said he has not been given a timetable for his return. He said he started a vegan diet and hired a personal trainer to prepare for the 2019 season.

"Rehab is going unbelievable, especially for me during a time now, a lot of uncertainty," Newton said. "For me, the human side of me is uncertain as well. But with the support cast from (team trainer Ryan Vermillion) .. and other people that have been working with me hands on daily, I have no doubt I'll be ready to rock and roll when they expect me to be back."

Newton completed a career-best 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games last season.

The Panthers recently drafted West Virginia quarterback Will Grier in the third round, the first time they picked a QB since taking Newton No. 1 overall in 2011.

--Field Level Media