- Height / Weight
- 6'5" / 244 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- May 11, 1989 (29)
- 9th Season
- 2011 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 1 (CAR)
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) is getting close to throwing again. There remains no timetable for Newton to return to action, however. It's the second straight offseason that Newton has had shoulder surgery. The 29-year-old remains one of the best dual-threat QBs in the league, but his shoulder woes have really capped his fantasy ceiling the last two seasons. His arm was extremely compromised late last year and he was unable to make a lot of the necessary throws. Newton finished with 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also rushing 101 times for 488 yards and four more scores. If his shoulder bounces back nicely in training camp, owners should feel comfortable taking him as their QB1.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's shoulder wasn't as bad as feared after arthroscopic surgery last month to explore both the labrum and rotator cuff in his right arm. Surgeon Pat Connor told Newton that the "cartilage damage was not as extensive as we'd feared." Newton's shoulder bothered him for most of the second half of the season and he was held out of the final two games with nothing on the line. His surgery yielded good news, though, and Newton should be fine for training camp and the regular season. He's had two surgeries the last two offseasons on his shoulder, but Newton still has high-end QB1 upside if he's healthy. He could come at a nice value in 2019 drafts.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) could be ready for training camp after having arthroscopic right shoulder surgery last month. The team certainly expects Newton to be ready for the start of the 2019 regular season, according to a league source. There is no timetable for when he'll return, but one source familiar with the surgery said "it's all positive." He missed the last two regular season games and was noticeably limited with his arm strength down the stretch, but his second surgery in two years seems to have helped him. Fantasy owners might be a little more wary of taking Newton as their QB1 in 2019, but a stronger shoulder could help him bounce back in a big way. He'll surely be a little more risky, but Newton still has high-end QB1 upside.