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Why Cam Newton remains unsigned, according to his former coach Ron Rivera

Why Cam Newton remains unsigned, according to his former coach Ron Rivera

As the calendar turns to June and most NFL teams have settled on the first phase of their roster makeup, one notable name remains on the market. Cam Newton, the former Carolina Panthers quarterback and 2015 league MVP, is still unsigned as the 2020 season fast approaches.

Despite his past success and dual-threat skills, the 31-year-old has not sparked much interest, specifically as a starter, from NFL teams. Why could that be? One person who may have an understanding of the factors contributing to Newton remaining off a roster is Redskins head coach Ron Rivera.

Rivera and Newton spent nine seasons together as the quarterback-head coach duo for the Carolina Panthers, a run that came to an end following the 2019 campaign. Rivera has a fresh start in Washington, and Newton is looking for the same after being released earlier this year. Barring a major change, it most likely won't come with the Redskins.

However, the head coach still has solid insight on the situation. Based on what Rivera knows about Newton and has seen from him in the past, he believes there is one major factor that has teams hesitant to bring him in: Health.

“I think that’s probably the biggest thing, more than anything else," Rivera said of Newton's injury concerns on Fox Sports' 'Fox Football Now' with Jay Glazer. "You’ve got to know. The foot and the shoulder will be the two biggest concerns everybody has."

As Rivera alluded to, there are question marks surrounding Newton following a 2019 season that saw him only appear in two games. Specifically, consistent shoulder problems have messed with throwing motion will continue to be a concern for any team interested in bringing him on. Nagging foot injuries don't help. 

Time off and surgery have been beneficial to his recovery process, but Rivera understands that it's hard to truly judge a player until you see him in action once again. However, he has heard some rave reviews of Newton's physical shape as of late.

"I will say this, though, from the people that are around him that I know, they’ve all said the same thing to me. They’ve said, ‘Coach, he looks great. He really does,'" Rivera said.

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Rivera added that it isn't just his physical presence that is encouraging, but his mindset as well. Being released from the team he spent his whole career with and took to the Super Bowl, coupled with doubt from others around the NFL, has given Newton a new edge.

"He’s a little bit different. His whole attitude -- he’s got something to prove," Rivera said he's heard.

Rivera's words are encouraging, but only time will tell where Newton ends up and when he'll get another chance to prove himself in the NFL. There is one thing Rivera knows: whenever that opportunity does arise, Newton will make the league remember just how talented he is.

"And I will say this -- the one thing about Cam Newton with an edge for something to prove, don’t ever bet against him.”

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MAP: Data shows Warriors, Redtails, Redhawks and Redwolves leading Redskins name change options

MAP: Data shows Warriors, Redtails, Redhawks and Redwolves leading Redskins name change options

Looking at geotargeted Twitter data reveals that four names have taken the lead in discussing any potential Redskins name change - the Warriors, Redhawks, Redtails and Redwolves. 

Warriors has a big lead on the other three choices with more than 26 states using hashtags associated with a potential Washington Warriors name more than any other potential name. Redtails followed with 15 states, while Redhawks and Redwolves combined for nine states total. 

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The map reveals that in the immediate D.C. metro area Warriors has been used the most on Twitter, but just north and east in Pennsylvania and Delaware, Redwolves has the most usage. 

It's also interesting to note that the country's two most populous states are split on a potential name change. California went with Redtails and Texas with Redwolves. 

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If and when the Redskins change their name, it won't be done based solely off Twitter hashtags. Still, the information available is very interesting and shows which names have more popularity than others. 

Whatever the new name is it seems certain to come from these four possibilities - Warriors, Redtails, Redwolves or Redhawks. 

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NFL bans jersey swaps in latest round of health measures for 2020 season

NFL bans jersey swaps in latest round of health measures for 2020 season

The NFL sent a list of game-day protocols for the 2020 season to all 30 teams Wednesday night that included a ban of postgame jersey swaps and restricting media from entering the locker room, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday.

With training camps expected to begin at the end of July, the NFL and players union have been discussing health and safety protocols for putting on a season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Talks have been reportedly slowing down due to disagreements over factors such as the length of the preseason—including holding one at all—and how often players are tested.

As San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman showed on Twitter, not all players are on board with Wednesday’s restrictions.

For players who still want to find ways to swap jerseys, they make have to take a page out of rookie pass rusher Chase Young’s book. Young swapped jerseys with fellow DeMatha Catholic High School alumnus Paul Rabil, who plays in the Premier Lacrosse League. The two stars reconnected over Twitter and mailed their jerseys to each other.

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