The Panthers are nearly six months away from playing their next game that counts, but their quarterback is working toward making every day between now and then count.
"I'm a constant work in progress," Cam Newton said on the third installment of his offseason YouTube series. "I always try to tap into something that's going to better me – whether as an athlete, as a parent or as a person."
Right now, that entails Newton taking care of his body – specifically on his surgically repaired throwing shoulder.
"The main thing moving forward, as you would probably guess, is focusing on the well-being of my shoulder because without my shoulder, I'm pretty much nothing," Newton said, referencing a recent meeting he had with general manager Marty Hurney, head coach Ron Rivera and team owner David Tepper regarding offseason goals.
To that end, Newton said he recently hired someone to help him work on his shoulder every day, "trying to get my range of motion back, get my strength back."
"I'm loving how I'm feeling," Newton said. "I'm excited about this whole process. I'm feeling strong. I'm feeling more and more like myself. I'm real eager to start getting cleared."
Newton has also turned to veganism in the last month.
"I'm a person who doesn't take this opportunity for granted," he said. "I want to be the best football player that I can be."