Chris Weinke coaching up Cam Newton

The Carolina Panthers might be getting more out of Chris Weinke now than they ever did as a player.

Quarterback Cam Newton has been working out with Weinke at IMG in Bradenton, Fla. In recent weeks. That’s not a bad pairing of Heisman Trophy winners.

Although Weinke’s career never really took off the way the Panthers hoped when they drafted him in 2001, his preparation was never a problem. Weinke frequently was surly with the media after he became a backup to Rodney Peete and Jake Delhomme.

But team officials always said they respected the way Weinke handled himself after being demoted from the starting job after his rookie season. He frequently drew praise for his preparation and professionalism from the coaching staff and Delhomme often said he relied on Weinke as another pair of eyes.