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Latest Cam Newton News is a Big Step Forward in Recovery From Shoulder Surgery

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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After missing the final two games of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, Cam Newton is looking to have a bounce-back year with the Carolina Panthers. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair his bum shoulder right after the season ended, and the timetable for his recovery was uncertain.

But with this latest revelation about Cam throwing at minicamp, it looks like we'll see him back doing his thing sooner rather than later.

This is huge news for the Panthers. Newton is the lifeblood of Ron Rivera's offense. This team goes as Cam goes. Although he'll be on a snap count during minicamp, the fact that he's back on the field this soon is an encouraging sign.

Newton was having a stellar season last year before going down with his shoulder ailment. He amassed 24 passing touchdowns with 13 interceptions and posted a career high in completion percentage with a 67.9 mark.

All told, the former MVP needs to come up big this season if the Panthers want to have any chance at getting back to the playoffs. Not only does he facilitate the passing game, but his running ability opens running lanes for Christian McCaffrey.

If Cam can get back to his MVP form we saw a few seasons ago, Carolina may be in for another deep playoff run. And that all begins with a productive offseason program free of the injury bug.