Panthers coach Ron Rivera thinks QB Cam Newton is ‘ready’ for season opener vs. 49ers

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn’t hesitate on Sunday when asked where quarterback Cam Newton was in his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery a week before the opener at San Francisco.

“I think he’s ready,” Rivera said. “You wish he’d had a few more snaps and played a little bit earlier in the preseason so we’d have more to go on. But what we saw, we liked.

“We liked how everything seems to be meshing together as an offense. We’ll see how it goes as we continue to work this week.”

They’re not going to go 8-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer again this season, but the Raiders will likely be a better team. They weren’t a particularly young team by snap-adjusted age, in which they ranked 14th, but of the six players they sent to the Pro Bowl in 2016, five were 27 or younger. Having a 25-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback means a lot more than having a 25-year-old Pro Bowl tight end, and Derek Carr has exceeded everyone’s expectations for three seasons running.

Here’s an interesting move: The Chargers have revived their old shield-based logo, originally used during the team’s AFL days. Remember, the Chargers started out in L.A., so it makes a certain amount of sense for them to resurrect this logo now that they’re back where they started.

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