The Facts: New OC Norv Turner was scoffed at earlier this spring when he suggested that Newton could push his completion percentage into the high 60s. Scott Turner, the Panthers' new QBs coach, said part of the team's plan is to get Newton to make quicker decisions with the ball this year and not hold out for the big play. "With him, on every play, we want to make sure he has a plan and he's following that plan," the younger Turner said. "And to know checking down is OK."
Diehards Line: Scott Turner continued: "A lot of Cam's issues have come because he's so talented that he thinks he can make every play work. And sometimes, it's just not there, so you check down and go to the next play. By holding the ball, sometimes he takes hits or falls into negative plays. Making decisions quick, getting the ball out of his hand, that's where, when he improves, the consistency will come. ... We're not trying to make him anything he's not. We want him to be the best version of himself." The Panthers spent the offseason bulking up the weaponry around Newton. Carolina drafted D.J. Moore in the first round, imported Torrey Smith as a deep threat and signed Jarius Wright. They should get 2017 second-round receiver Curtis Samuel back from injury. Christian McCaffrey's role should increase in Year 2, and adding early-down back C.J. Anderson represents an upgrade. Given all thise, the Panthers hope the Turner family can unlock hidden potential the 2015 NFL MVP.