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August 03, 2011

Cam Newton: icon, entertainer, lead blocker?


Cam Newton did not have his best practice Wednesday night.

He threw off his back foot a couple times on deep routes, causing the ball to hang up and give defensive backs a chance to knock it down.

But he had one play in team drills that got everyone fired up and provided a glimpse of his competitiveness.

After watching tailback Tyrell Sutton change direction on a running play, Newton ran out on the edge as a lead blocker and put his shoulder into cornerback R.J. Stanford, drawing a loud cheer from the crowd.

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott had a quick word with Newton, likely reminding him that he's been wearing a red (no-contact) jersey throughout camp. And if he wanted to hit his guys, well …

Newton then went and slapped hands with Stanford.

“He does get caught up in the moment. As a defensive coach, you love it. As an offensive coach, you love it. As a head coach, you get nervous,” Ron Rivera said. “The one thing it lets his teammates know he's going to do whatever it takes to win.”

Other camp notes:

--Middle linebacker Jon Beason has been bothered by a strained Achilles, but Rivera hopes he will be able to practice by the end of the week. Beason and the team's other recently signed free agents are not eligible to practice until Thursday when the new CBA is ratified.

--Wideout David Gettis (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Gamble (sickness) remained out.

--After Mike Patterson's heat-related incident in Philadelphia, Rivera reminded players before practice to make sure they were staying hydrated.

“We took extra water breaks just to be careful. We had one period where we gave the guys the option if they wanted to go underneath the tent and cool down. But for the most part a lot of them just took their helmets off and got extra water,” Rivera said.

“We've got to be aware of it, and everybody's got to be aware of it, whether we're here on our practice field or it's a high school team practicing. You've got to be careful with the heat.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 3, 2011 at 09:15 PM | Permalink


Let's say the over/under on Panthers wins this season is 5 wins.

You guys going over or under? I would bet Joe Person's 401k on the under!

Posted by: Frank | Aug 3, 2011 9:27:57 PM

what about his deepball to smitty for a touchdown? Looked like a pretty good ball to me

Posted by: austsaaasd | Aug 3, 2011 10:04:01 PM

Lol, Newt.

He is Forrest Gump, but with a funnier looking head.

Posted by: robert ethan | Aug 3, 2011 10:10:17 PM

Cam must stand in and use his body to throw. He has to stop relying on his arm strength. I think he will. That said, he is under unprecedented scrutiny. Every second is being dissected. You almost have to remind yourself: it's early and he's a rookie.

Posted by: qdog112 | Aug 3, 2011 10:14:41 PM

Beason was not a free agent - he merely had his contract extended, as did Davis and Anderson!!!

Posted by: dbigcat | Aug 3, 2011 10:37:03 PM

@dbigcat - you're correct about Beason,,, Thomas Davis was a RFA based off CBA and his status from last year. James Anderson was a FA, and the Panthers could
have lost him to several teams.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Aug 3, 2011 11:45:11 PM

Alright Cam, we like your competitiveness, but no need to take unnecessary risks!

Posted by: PantherDave | Aug 4, 2011 7:59:36 AM

haha the defensive coach got mad that big cam laid a block on his little corner

Posted by: me | Aug 4, 2011 1:06:27 PM

Any word on the other draft picks? I am particularly interested in the DT position...how's Fua look?

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Aug 4, 2011 2:06:33 PM

Frank: Easy, I'll take the over. 6-8 wins, and not too worried about it.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Aug 4, 2011 3:30:44 PM

dbc: There was no worry about criticizing Clausen, who got far fewer reps last year.

cn1f: No, he wasn't. Davis' contract tolled. There was no way he could have left the team without being released.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 6, 2011 11:32:02 AM

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