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Panthers QB Cam Newton says he’s ‘too old to change’ playing style

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder earlier this offseason, representing the second procedure that Newton has undergone on his throwing shoulder since the end of the 2016 campaign.

Newton is on the road to recovery and should be ready to go for the season opener, but with the former MVP preparing to turn 30 years old on Saturday, is it time for him to start changing the way he plays?

He was asked that question, and he replied that he was “too old to change,” according to Joe Person of The Athletic.

To be fair, there probably isn’t much that Newton can change, but with his shoulder giving him a slew of issues over the past couple of years, his arm strength may begin to win, which may force him to rely more on short and intermediate throws.

Newton is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he threw for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 67.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 94.2. The Panthers actually shut him down for the final two games of the regular season due to his bum shoulder, as it was obvious that Newton simply was not right.

The College Park, Ga. native, who played his collegiate football at Auburn University, was originally selected by Carolina with the first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Since entering the league, Newton has made three Pro Bowls while notching one First-Team All-Pro selection. He led the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015-16 campaign.

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