Cam Newton moving up in league respect

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may have been slowed on the field by offseason ankle surgery, but he's moving pretty fast in the category of respect.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection came in at No. 24 on the NFL Network's list of the league's top 100 players voted on by his peers. That's up 22 spots from last season.

Among the quarterbacks Newton ranked ahead of were Indianapolis' Andrew Luck (30) and San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick (81).

Newton joined Carolina center Ryan Kalil (93) and defensive end Greg Hardy (53) on the list. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has a chance to be the highest ranked Carolina player as the network reveals its top 20 players over the next two weeks.

Newton is coming off surgery on his left ankle that kept him out of most of the offseason workout program. His most extensive action came in last Thursday's minicamp finale when he completed 8-of-15 pass attempts in 7-on-7 drills.

Newton tweeted Wednesday that he had been cleared medically to work out fully: