Quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers reported to training camp at 246 pounds. This is 14 pounds lighter than the 260 pounds he reportedly weighed in previous seasons.

The 6-foot-5 Newton is still limited in throwing and will be on a proverbial pitch count during the early days of training camp. Head coach Ron Rivera would not exactly say how limited Newton will be. He only revealed that Newton is practicing according to the orders from doctors.

Rivera spoke about about his quarterback’s confidence level after the team managed a horrendous 6-10 in 2016.

“I think it’s very high right now, and part of it is because of all the work he’s put in this year,” Rivera said, via ESPN . “He has done a great job. He’s had a tremendous offseason. And from what I hear on how things went in Baltimore, his confidence level is very high.”

The Panthers are wise to monitor Newton’s status and to ease him back to action. Hopefully, the All-Pro quarterback will soon be given the thumbs up to fully participate.

The new leaner, lighter Newton is looking quite fit.

That’s definitely a good sign.