The Carolina Panthers are hoping that the addition of offensive coordinator Norv Turner will lead to an improved Cam Newton and a big season from their franchise signal caller.
With Newton completing 58.5 percent of his passes over the course of his career, there is room for obvious improvement and the team is hoping that they can convince Newton that it is okay for him not to swing for the fences on every play.
“With him, on every play, we want to make sure he has a plan and he’s following that plan,” Panthers quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said, in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “And to know checking down is OK. A lot of Cam’s issues have come because he’s so talented that he thinks he can make every play work. And sometimes, it’s just not there, so you check down and go to the next play.
By holding the ball, sometimes he takes hits or falls into negative plays. Making decisions quick, getting the ball out of his hand, that’s where, when he improves, the consistency will come. We’re not trying to make him anything he’s not. We want him to be the best version of himself.”
Panthers Re-Sign Eric Reid
The Carolina Panthers have re-signed veteran safety Eric Reid to a three-year deal worth more than $22 million and could raise the total value of the deal to $24 million, according to NFL.com’s Mike Silver.
Reid, 27, was set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, but will not test the open market, opting to stay in Carolina.
Reid collected 71 tackles, five passes defensed, one interception, and one sack this season for Carolina.
Panthers’ Cam Newton Provides Update on Shoulder
Newton played with the injury all season, though the Panthers downplayed it’s significance.
“It’s good. It’s good,” Newton said during an interview with 680 The Fan in Atlanta, h/t ESPN.
“It’s better than I thought it would be. With so much going on throughout this season, I was in fear to see what actually was wrong.”
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