Ron Rivera: Cam Newton recovering well, no need to add veteran QB
Ron Rivera shared some “positive” news regarding Cam Newton’s recovery from surgery, and the progress the quarterback has made means the Carolina Panthers will not seek out a veteran signal-caller to serve as a contingency plan.
Instead, the Panthers head coach indicated the team may seek out a quarterback in the draft as a developmental project, with Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen serving as Newton’s backups on the depth chart.
“Right now, we’re very pleased with where we are in terms of our quarterback position,” Rivera said Thursday from the NFL Scouting Combine, via ESPN’s David Newton. “We’re very satisfied in what we got at the end of the year in both Taylor and Kyle. Both guys showed their ability.
“If we did do anything, it would probably be in the draft. Developing that guy is important. But we really do feel strongly about the guys we have.”
Interestingly, Rivera just recently hinted at bringing in a quarterback to provide some competition for Newton, more so to serve as a motivational tactic than anything else. That does not appear to be in the cards at this point, either.
Newton underwent an arthroscopic scope procedure on his throwing shoulder on Jan. 24 — which he chronicled in a vlog — and Rivera has heard nothing but good things about his recovery.
“From what I’ve gotten in reports, Cam’s progress has been very good,” Rivera said. “He’s been getting all his workouts in. Just knowing that gives you a little bit of confidence going forward.”
Newton missed two games last season due to the shoulder issue. There were moments when the 2015 MVP looked like a shell of himself, at times appearing unable to get the ball downfield with any pace or distance.
Newton is expected to be ready for training camp, and Thursday’s update certainly points in that direction. That said, odds are the Panthers will exercise caution with their franchise quarterback, regardless of how quickly he returns to full health.