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July 30, 2013

Newton has bad day, throws 2 picks


Cam Newton threw two interceptions, and nearly a third Tuesday in his worst practice of training camp.

Newton, the Panthers' franchise quarterback, was picked off on the first play of a team passing drill by cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who returned the interception for a touchdown.

Newton was looking for Armanti Edwards on an out route along the left sideline. But he didn't get enough zip on the ball, and Munnerlyn broke in front of Edwards.

Munnerlyn almost had another pick on a poor throw by Newton, who has had a good camp before Tuesday. Linebacker Chase Blackburn had the defense's other interception on a Newton pass across the middle.

“He missed a couple of throws, he was a little bit late coming out (and) throwing to the sideline one time,” Rivera said. “And the other time, he made a secondary read and tried to come back to it. He's going to have to speed that up. And those are things that will be corrected.”

Newton and the rest of his teammates will get a 24-hour break to rest and regain their energy. The break is mandated under the new CBA.

Because kicker Graham Gano made a 50-yard field goal at the end of practice, Rivera excused players from the scheduled evening meetings. The Panthers will resume drills Thursday.

Several players got an early start on the break. Three veterans were given the day off – wideout Steve Smith, center Ryan Kalil and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.

Rivera said he had hoped to see a couple of the other receivers step up in Smith's absence.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM | Permalink


I have a feeling all the "I told you so" whiners are getting ready to make thier way to this post and voice thier un-needed opinions.

Posted by: Smitty | Jul 30, 2013 12:59:10 PM

To bad Cam had a bad practice but its good our defense is stepping up Cam will be fine.

Posted by: Zach | Jul 30, 2013 1:08:55 PM

It's one practice . It's not like it the middle of the season. People have bad days . He'll be okay tomorrow

Posted by: CamNewtonFan1 | Jul 30, 2013 1:09:51 PM

It happens

Posted by: CamNewtonFan1 | Jul 30, 2013 1:10:58 PM

I trust Shula to improve on this.

Posted by: big gulps | Jul 30, 2013 1:20:31 PM

Not sure I agree with you there, big gulps, in trusting Shula. I was at Auburn back when Shula was the Alabama coach and remember him stinkin' it up. Just looked back at his Alabama career on Wikipedia and it sounds all too familiar:
"The [2003] season was marked by close losses and fourth quarter collapses. In games decided by one score or less, Alabama was 0–6 on the season."
"The injury effectively marked the beginning of the end for the 2004 season. The offense sputtered the rest of the way while suffering even more injuries to several other key players."
2005 was decent, but then in 2006:
"and their fifth consecutive loss to rivals Auburn, ending with a 6–6 record."

I know head coach is different than coordinator, but it really bothers me that Shula could not produce much of an offense during his four years as HC at Alabama. I'm a little nervous for the Panthers this year on the offensive side of the ball. Hopefully Shula proves me wrong.

Posted by: notsosure | Jul 30, 2013 2:17:23 PM

I was kidding about Shula. That was a bad hire, but wasn't really a hire, they just used him cause he was there.

Posted by: big gulps | Jul 30, 2013 3:05:49 PM

So in 2003 when Shula was hired Alabama was dealing with sanctions that were brought on by the previous admin. In 2004 he lost his starting QB and RB to injuries. In 2005 Alabama went 10-2 and won the Cotton Bowl so yeah I guess that was decent. About the only season that really sucked and might have some blame for Shula is 2006 but that was expected to be a down year anyway. Maybe people need to have some facts and context before they make their little pronouncements on someone else's abilities.

Posted by: John | Jul 30, 2013 3:14:45 PM

As to the original post it is not that unusual for QBs to hit rough patches after a few days of practice. Arms get tired.

Posted by: John | Jul 30, 2013 3:16:07 PM

The whole point of training camp, and preseason for that matter, is to work out the kinks. I would way rather him make some mistakes now so he can work on them and fix them than to have them pop up during the regular season. He is a hard worker, the mistakes will get fixed.


Posted by: manu4t | Jul 30, 2013 4:23:50 PM

Cam Newton will be MVP this season! Don't believe me just watch!!

Posted by: Jmatth6 | Jul 30, 2013 6:33:22 PM

Training camp is for getting back in shape. Getting comfortable with the new additions. To make mistakes and learn from them before the regular season. The whole purpose is to better each other as a whole team & organization...so keep calm get ready for the season to start its our time to win and take over the NFC SOUTH !!!🏈🏈🏈

Posted by: Robert | Jul 30, 2013 7:09:56 PM

He needs to take every practice very serious, practice like he's in the SUPERBOWL.

Posted by: DRRN HPPR | Jul 30, 2013 8:04:50 PM

He needs to take every practice very serious, practice like he's in the SUPERBOWL.

Posted by: DRRN HPPR | Jul 30, 2013 8:04:50 PM

i love gettlemans 7 second pause when he was asked about newton today.message sent.grow up cam and get your head out of your butt.i 4th quarter comeback in 2 years aint makin it.

Posted by: ray | Jul 30, 2013 8:52:40 PM

I guest when the Panthers let Atlanta come back and win with less than a min is Cam fault

Posted by: PanFan | Jul 30, 2013 10:49:11 PM

So Cam had 2 passes intercepted. Better in training camp than on the "real field", that way he can work on bettering it. With the interceptions, that means the defense is chomping at the bit. Cam will get it going just fine.

Posted by: Ali | Jul 31, 2013 11:34:05 AM

Hey if your going to through an interception I would rather that it were in a practice and not a game!

Posted by: Josh | Jul 31, 2013 3:28:25 PM

If cam were to through an int. be glad it is in a practice were you can learn from it and not in a game where it is too late to learn from it!

Posted by: Josh | Jul 31, 2013 3:30:51 PM

Go out and get cam a veteran receiver. (TO, Chad Johnson, Moss)

Posted by: Jake | Aug 2, 2013 3:46:40 AM

throwing interceptions in practice is not a good way to avoid doing the same under pressure of regular play .... part of problem could be WRs not running their routes sharply or right, defense overwhelming the offense and bringing pressure (likely), a great secondary (not likely at this point of their developement) - and so forth ..... but for me from what the early ¨look¨ looks like, my take is a weak offensive line ...as compared to our defense ...then all of the above .... Cam is out of synch and that is a dual problem for him and coaches ... oh well we all knew this did´t we?

Posted by: mike in nicaragua | Aug 3, 2013 11:33:52 PM

If i remember right there were several games that ive seen where Peyton has thrown up to 6 interceptions in one real game. And Tom Brady has thrown his fair share in some games. Even the greats throw them. Cam will be just fine.

Posted by: Ricky | Aug 5, 2013 7:14:05 PM

Captain Munnerlyn is our best Corner hands down Fans ddon't believe me but here's the proof...Godfrey is our best Safety Clearly

Posted by: Greese Howard | Aug 6, 2013 5:42:30 PM

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