A lot has been made of the recent changes made to the Carolina Panthers.

They enter the 2017 season with a new general manager, Julius Peppers back in the fold on defense, and added weapons on the offensive side of the ball. What’s most important for the Panthers to rebound from their rough 2016, is for quarterback Cam Newton to find that edge that made him the league’s MVP.

“I’m just trying to basically get my swag back, get our swag back and just have fun,” Newton said Thursday, according to David Newton of ESPN.

When the Panthers were at the height of their powers, they were 15-1, taking team pictures mid-game, and dabbing on any and everybody. During the 6-10 campaign that followed, Newton spent much of his time sulking in postgame interviews and even had to defend not wearing a tie during a team flight.

He plans to be back, smiling and handing footballs to Panthers fans in the crowd this season.

“If they didn’t hear me, they damn sure going to hear me now,” he said. “Let’s just say that. I’m excited. I want my energy to be vibrant. I want people to see it, I want it to be contagious.”

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