Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule states that he “absolutely” expects Cam Newton to be on his roster in September. However, he hasn’t stated that Cam Newton will be a starter, as he didn’t want to guarantee any player a spot in their first season.
Matt Rhule has stated that he wouldn’t rule out trading Newton or any player if it meant improving the roster. “I absolutely want Cam here,” Rhule said on Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine. “There’s no doubt about that.”
Rhule’s main focus is getting Newton healthy again, as the player suffered from a Lisfranc injury in the 2019 season. Newton had to miss the final 14 games as a result of the injury.
“We need to get him cleared, but after that, we really need to have a really, really disciplined return-to-play program so when he comes back he comes back at full speed,” Rhule said. “I really don’t care if he’s full speed until September.”
Despite the obstacles, Rhule is looking forward to coaching Newton in the 2020 football season.