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November 02, 2011

Newton ready for break and for season's second half

   Cam Newton is like the rest of his Panthers teammates -- he's looking forward to a four-day break that began shortly after noon today.

  He plans to head back home to the Atlanta area for a few days with his family and he leaves with the feeling that the Panthers made progress in their three-day work week before the bye.

   In fact, Newton said it felt a little like training camp, going over some fundamentals before taking a few days to exhale.

  "To some degree it was (like training camp)," Newton said. "There were some drills we haven't done since Spartanburg. It just goes to show you how far we've come. It feels like a couple years ago but it was a couple months ago. I was looking across the field seeing the same drills I haven't seen. I hope everybody got better."

   Newton said he liked the way each practice this week had a specific focus. During his downtime, Newton said he'll study himself, going over some tape to evaluate what he's done well and where he can improve.

   "Try to come back and try to polish up the skills," he said.

   Head coach Ron Rivera said he's already begun talking to his team about approaching the final eight regular-season games as a second season. Rather than go through the motions in practice this week, Rivera said he sensed an enthusiasm from the players.

    Being 2-6 at the break gives the Panthers plenty to improve upon in the second half of the season.

  "It's far from over. If anything, it's driving us," Newton said.

-- Ron Green Jr.


Posted by Observer Sports on November 2, 2011 at 01:49 PM | Permalink


Much needed break. If things were a little different we could easily be a .500 team right now!

Posted by: Actual Real Fan | Nov 2, 2011 2:19:50 PM

If things were a little different they could be 6-2, at least. I'm excited about this team. Hopefully next year they won't need to rely on getting some breaks their way, they'll be able to rely on themselves to put teams away. I'm with "Actual Real Fan," these guys have earned a break. They are performing better at this point than anyone could have honestly anticipated. I'm looking forward to game nine!

Posted by: jeff | Nov 2, 2011 2:36:29 PM

Since the labor deal is done, next year will not involve a lockout and OTAs, mini camps, etc. can proceed as usual and the team will be better prepared for the season.

Posted by: dbigcat | Nov 2, 2011 2:43:38 PM

We should be 6-2 but the little thing in the game kill us. Like making a feildgoal or hollding or block in the back. mental stuff kill us.

Posted by: cam | Nov 2, 2011 3:07:33 PM

I agree with all the comments. Really excited as ever about the Panthers!!! But you all have to admit that our future looks awfully BRIGHT.. Can you say Superbowl in the near future???

Posted by: C.Bax | Nov 2, 2011 3:45:49 PM

I study the panthers games and attended training camp.I am hoping to make the playoffs. I know we are able but lack in the special teams area. I like watching guys who attempt to return punts and not fair catch. We need to pick it up and stop waiting on for someone to make a play.

Posted by: Bobby | Nov 2, 2011 4:04:23 PM

It's great to be optimistic, and this year's team is a whole lot more exciting to watch than the last few years' teams. But let's stay real. This defence is a long way from a potential SuperBowl caliber. Hopefully this offseason they can reload with some quality CornerBacks and Linebackers. And draft a stud WR in the first round. Then look out!!!

Posted by: WayneD | Nov 2, 2011 4:50:24 PM

Yea Wayne - Justin Blackman would be a sick addition to this team!

Posted by: Dirt | Nov 2, 2011 6:31:28 PM

We need a stud DT in the first round, our offense is 5th in the league while our defense cant stop anyone that actually wants or needs to make a play, plus Gettis can stretch the field as good as anyone.

Rivera should take a look at Newton returning punts/kicks since he's pretty much doing everything else thats positive for the Panthers this season! GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: Gunnin4SB | Nov 2, 2011 7:30:15 PM

i want a freakin patrick peterson type of player, a specialist in the return game and a db stud..we should draft nothing but defensive players in this year draft

Posted by: panther nationm | Nov 2, 2011 7:52:50 PM

The wide receiver talk is nauseating. We have the 5th ranked offense and average close to 300ypg passing. If we don't draft a good defensive player with our first pick in the draft Hurney is indeed dumb. As far as superbowl talk I see us going to the NFC Championship next year. McClain, and Fua getting a ton of PT in as rookies which can only bode well for the future, and adding a healthy Ron Edwards and Jon Beason plus a high draft pick? We will be this years Lions next year.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Nov 3, 2011 12:35:40 AM

Hey p n...you do realize there was a "patrick peterson type of player" available THIS YEAR, right?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 3, 2011 8:15:55 PM

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