He threw underhanded.
The 2015 NFL MVP still hasn’t thrown overhanded since having surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder. He is expected to do that for the first time during a Tuesday-Thursday minicamp, but only side sessions.
But at Friday’s fundraiser that included Terrell Owens, Jameis Winston, Cody Zeller, Josh Norman and more than 25 Carolina teammates, Newton threw only underhanded whether it was pitching or throwing out a runner at first base.
He still expects to hear about it from trainer Ryan Vermillion.
“Just to clear the record, underhand is a natural throwing motion and it’s not causing any issue," Newton said. “I consider it as natural treatment, so to speak.
“I’m pretty sure Ryan Vermillion is going to see this and he’s probably already texting me, and if not he’s probably going to give me a big earful on Monday."
When asked specifically about throwing at the mandatory camp, before Newton could answer a member of his foundation public-relations department said, “Cam, I believe that’s a football question."
Football questions were not allowed.
But Newton did have a lot of fun with few limitations from a surgery that has kept him out of team drills during offseason workouts.
He isn’t expected to throw with the team until training camp, which begins on July 26.
But if the velocity with which he rolled a kickball underhanded is any indication, the rehab is coming along nicely.