- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Offseason programs don’t start until April this year. That’s a change from years past when the programs started in March and a huge change from last year when the lockout prevented all offseason work.
But one significant NFC South player already is back to work. That’s Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
He recently spent some time working out under the guidance of Chris Weinke, the director of football operations at IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Newton’s recent visit was confirmed by an IMG spokesperson, who said the quarterback has said he will be back for more workouts with Weinke soon.
That’s significant. Weinke, a former Carolina quarterback, worked out with Newton a large part of last offseason. Newton received a playbook when the lockout briefly was lifted and he and Weinke spent about two months going over it. Carolina officials have said there’s no doubt Weinke played a significant role in Newton winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. In April, Newton can begin his first true offseason program with Carolina’s coaching staff.
Newton also will be back in Bradenton in late June. His foundation will run the Cam Newton Skills Challenge at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 National Championships from June 29 through July 1. The event is open to high school teams and club teams. For information or to register, click here.