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Hornets’ Dwight Howard to Panthers’ Cam Newton: We can share the cape and tights

Monday, June 26th, 2017

New Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard showed up for his introductory news conference in a teal suit Monday. He just happened to have it in his closet back in Atlanta, but it sure fit the occasion. The Hornets traded for Howard, an eight-time NBA All-Star last week. He comes from the Atlanta Hawks, hoping to provide the rim protection this team badly lacked last season. Some highlights from Howard’s news conference: ?  He said he looks forward to sharing the “Superman” nickname with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. They both grew up in Atlanta, and Howard said he’s met Newton a couple of times but looks forward to getting to know him better: “We have the same attitude: We love to

Why Cam Newton’s locker-room passes are a big deal

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Cam Newton strolled into the Carolina Panthers’ locker room Monday morning and threw a football 45 times. With Newton coming off March surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff, this was deemed newsworthy enough not merely for the team to mention the minor rehab session, but to film it and release a hype video set to music. One of the unknown variables, a true X-factor that can alter the 2017 NFL season, may be whether Newton can return to his 2015 form, when he ascended to true dominance, was named league MVP and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl with a dominating 17-1 record.

Panthers QB Cam Newton makes first throws since shoulder surgery

Monday, June 26th, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton?has begun throwing for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in March. This portion of Newton's recovery was documented by the team website. Newton threw 45 passes to head trainer Ryan Vermillion in the locker room in sets of 15 throws from three different positions. "Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good,'' Newton told the website. "When I say it's not 100 percent, I'm noting the range of motion part. Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you're going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like

Cam Newton resumes throwing with a hype video, of course

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Cam Newton is in the midst of recovery from rotator cuff surgery, and has just begun throwing again. Newton suffered a tear in his rotator cuff late in the season, and played the final games injured. Because Newton is one of the league’s irreplaceable players, the guy on whom Carolina’s entire fortunes depend, a routine 45-throw warmup session received all the pomp and circumstance of a state dinner.

Here’s what Cam Newton says he needs to deserve a Super Bowl ring. It’s not easy.

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (C Jackson Cowart | The Charlotte Observer) - For Cam Newton, football and success were the only options. At his fifth annual 7-on-7 football tournament at Providence Day School on Saturday, the Carolina Panthers quarterback addressed 20 high school teams from North and South Carolina with a brief but pointed message: only those who constantly perfect themselves get what they deserve. Of course, nobody is flawless – not even Newton. But the former No. 1 pick preached perfection, in the tournament and beyond. He compared little things on the field, like snapping the ball and catching a pass, to basic chores in the home. Only when commitment is universal, he said, will success follow.

Panthers extra points: Cam Newton not a leader? New contract for Greg Olsen?

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

?  Former NFL player Anthony “Booger” McFarland created a mini-stir with this comment last week: “People I talk to in Carolina tell me Cam’s not a leader and not well liked by a lot of his teammates.” Look, there are 90 players in the Panthers’ locker room. I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’s liked by all of the other 89 guys. Cam has a different kind of leadership approach, and his taunting of the defense does not endear him to certain defensive players. But this is a non-story. Much more important is Newton’s progression from March shoulder surgery as we inch closer to the start of training camp in 32 days. ? Greg Olsen’s desire for a new contract is not a media creation. Olsen

Carolina Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly lost 6 games in ‘16, but not respect of his peers

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Luke Kuechly’s peers showed their respect for the Carolina Panthers middle linebacker, placing Kuechly among the NFL’s top 20 players from 2016 despite the fact he missed the final six games following a concussion. Kuechly came in at No. 20 on the NFL Network’s annual list, down 13 spots from his career-high ranking of seven last year. Like the rest of his teammates, Kuechly’s stock fell as the Panthers’ plummeted from their Super Bowl season of 2015 to a 6-10 finish last season. But Kuechly’s drop was relatively mild, compared to some other Panthers players. Quarterback Cam Newton, the league’s top-rated player during his MVP season of 2015, fell 43 spots to No. 44. Tight end Greg Olsen dropped

Christian McCaffrey finally got to make his OTA debut on the last day of Panthers minicamp

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Christian McCaffrey wasn’t allowed to practice until after Stanford’s final exams. Christian McCaffrey wasn’t allowed to join the Carolina Panthers for the first three weeks of OTAs, but on Thursday the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft got to make his debut with the rest of the team. Due to a rule that disallows rookies from practicing until after the end of their university’s final exams, McCaffrey hadn’t been on the practice field since rookie minicamp at the beginning of May. Stanford’s school schedule meant McCaffrey wasn’t able to practice until after June 14.

Phil Housley pumped for Sabres revival, working with Jack Eichel

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Owner Terry Pegula didn’t recognize the trend until it was pointed out to him: That the hires he’s made in the last four months for general manager and coach of the Buffalo Sabres and the NFL’s Buffalo Bills were individuals that never held those jobs before. In the Bills’ case, it was Brandon Beene as general manager, after having served as an assistant with the Carolina Panthers, and Sean McDermott as head coach, after years a defensive coordinator. In the Sabres’ case, it was Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill hired as the general manager, who then hired Nashville Predators assistant coach (and de facto defensive coordinator) Phil Housley as his new head coach.

Panthers defensive starter limited in minicamp by previously undisclosed surgery

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The Carolina Panthers’ three-day minicamp wrapped up Thursday with a key defensive starter on the sideline. Fifth-year defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is coming off offseason surgery to clean up his shoulder, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next month, according to a team official. Lotulelei’s surgery – similar to the procedure edge rusher Mario Addison underwent last year – had not been previously reported. Lotulelei, the team’s 2013 first-round pick, participated in position drills during the first two days of minicamp while being held out of scrimmage situations. He joined the other injured players for stretching and strengthening exercises during Thursday’s session.