The Panthers will begin player-initiated informal workouts next week in Charlotte. First overall pick Cam Newton says he will participate in the workouts. Tony Paige, one of Newton’s two agents, told The Charlotte Observer that Newton is anxious to get on the field and work with his new teammates.
“When you’re a rookie, especially as a quarterback, it’s good to work on timing. But (it’s) mainly getting around your teammates,” Paige said, according to the Observer. “I think Cam is excited about getting to know his teammates. Typically by now, he would know everybody.”
NFL players have taken to organizing informal workouts in the midst of the NFL lockout as a way to simulate organized team activities. Several first-round draft picks have not shown up to their team’s events; because rookies are not under contract, an injury would be catastrophic to their signing a deal. Newton’s other agent, Bus Cook, sounded much more tepid than Paige.
“I know it’s non-contact and all that, but hypothetically if they get hurt – especially if it’s season-ending or career-ending … it could have a big impact,” Cook told the newspaper.