SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn’t sound as though he’s fully into the coaching staff’s plan to reduce his role in the running game this season. “I don’t understand certain things,” Newton said on Thursday, the first time he’s spoken in depth to reporters since undergoing shoulder surgery in March. “That’s my edge. You going to expect a lion not to roar?” Coach Ron Rivera said late last season the offense needed to evolve to take the pressure off Newton to run out of the read-option and to keep the 2015 NFL MVP from taking so many hits. Carolina then drafted dual-threat running back Christian McCaffrey with the eighth pick of the draft and added slot receiver/running back Curtis Samuel in the second round to give Newton more options on short passes and check-down throws. “I couldn’t imagine talking to [Tom] Brady or talking to Aaron [Rodgers] or talking to even Matt Ryan…

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