Panthers TE Greg Olsen says ‘don’t bet against’ Cam Newton
The Carolina Panthers may be 4-0 under Kyle Allen, but tight end Greg Olsen thinks that Cam Newton will rise again.
Newton has been sidelined for the last four games due to a foot injury, and over that time, the Panthers have gone from 0-2 to 4-2. Making matters worse for Newton is that Carolina has lost his last eight starts dating back to last season.
However, Olsen says that Newton will make a comeback:
“Don’t bet against Cam,” Olsen told TMZ Sports. “Once he gets himself right, he’ll be ready to go.”
As for when he thinks that will be? He said that Newton is making progress:
“I think he’s feeling good,” Olsen said. “I think he’s feeling better.”
Of course, just because Olsen is giving Newton a vote of confidence does not mean the Panthers will give Newton his starting job back once he is fully healthy.
Since winning the MVP award and leading Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015-16 campaign, the 30-year-old has been on a steady decline, thanks much in part to persistent shoulder issues that required him to undergo a couple of surgeries since the end of 2016.
In his two starts this season, Newton threw for 572 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while completing just 56.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 71.
Meanwhile, Allen has thrown for 907 yards, seven touchdowns and no picks, completing 65.6 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 106.6.
The Panthers will take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.