The Panthers have remained optimistic, but the pain in Cam Newton’s ankle hasn't gone away just yet, a reminder he’s not quite 100 percent.
The effects of surgery to tighten those tendons are still lingering and could actually be a problem for Newton heading into the season. It's not that we don't believe that he can play on it, but just how effectively he'll be able to play is the question. Scrambling outside the pocket is one of the main aspects of Newton's game. If he's at less than 100-percent, the whole offense could suffer.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Bobby Parnell's velocity was up to 94-95 MPH in his rehab appearance on Thursday.
Parnell conceded eight runs in his first 6 1/3 rehab innings. He's been lights out lately, with his velocity trending in the right direction. He's on the road to recovery from Tommy John, and it often takes pitchers time before their velocity, control and feel return. Parnell's velocity had dropped substantially before the UCL tear was announced last season, so it's a nice sign that he's throwing hard once again. Analysis: Spencer Silva