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September 05, 2013

Newton, Kuechly among six named 2013 Panthers' captains

Entering his third year as the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback, Cam Newton is finally a team captain.

Head coach Ron Rivera announced the six team captains for the 2013 season prior to Thursday's practice, and the 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick headlines the group.

The other five captains are: reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year LB Luke Kuechly, LB Thomas Davis, WR Steve Smith, LT Jordan Gross and C Ryan Kalil.

"This is a young football team in certain respects," Rivera said. "We have two guys who are senior leaders who, for the most part, are always there. But we got young guys that have the opportunity now to step up. Their teammates are looking to them to lead and they’re both at key positions: one’s at quarterback and one’s at middle linebacker.

"It’s also not like you don’t have other guys who can step up at any point in time. We’ve had Jon Beason step up, we’ve had Greg Olsen step up. There’s a lot of guys you don’t get to see that have the ability to step forward and make a difference and impact."

The team voted on captains Wednesday, and the top-six vote getters, regardless of position, received the 'C' patch for the 2013 season.

Last year the team had five captains (two on offense, two on defense and one on special teams): Gross, Smith, Beason, Davis and Jordan Senn.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM | Permalink


Sounds like they made an extra spot to ensure Newton made captain. I would hope that he would've finally made it anyways

Posted by: Dunk | Sep 5, 2013 1:00:50 PM

Newton campaigned for this honor and his teammates gave him the nod. Let's hope he earns it. Luke already has.

Posted by: EastLincoln | Sep 5, 2013 1:04:33 PM

I hope Cam lives up to the expectations we all have for him! Please spread the rock around will make you a top QB in the NFL

Posted by: Rich | Sep 5, 2013 1:13:58 PM

Prove you earned it on Sunday. Congrats

Posted by: Holla | Sep 5, 2013 1:14:56 PM

Captains don't pout with towels on their head when things go bad. I'm looking for Cam to dominate and spur his team on with a positive attitude in the face of adversity this year, I hope it happens.

Kuechly would've had my vote if I could only vote once.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 5, 2013 1:17:26 PM

How do I get a job to cover the Panthers? It must be the easiest job in the world. The run up to NFL kickoff and we are treated to a short 5 paragraph story with minimal storyline.

The lack of sportswriting in this city is getting absurd.

Posted by: Rob K | Sep 5, 2013 1:31:53 PM

I totally agree, Rob K. Panthers coverage in this paper is embarrassing for an NFL city. I think they do a much better job with the Bobcats.

Posted by: Andy | Sep 5, 2013 1:39:15 PM

Newton didn't campaign to be a captain, a reporter ask him about it and he answered, he never brought this up on his own. This is yet another example of the media creating a controversy and running with it.

Posted by: Kenny | Sep 5, 2013 1:39:37 PM

Captains don't pout with towels..
Lol...okay especially when I've seen captains from other teams do a hell of a lot worse....If he gets to the playoffs or Superbowl this year will he be allowed to wear the towel???

Posted by: Jashuwa | Sep 5, 2013 1:42:04 PM

Sometimes it's the little things that can give a player more confidence in themselves. Hopefully with the "C" on his jersey Cam accepts what it stands for, and be that on offense, and for the team as a whole. We have the talent to be a playoff team, we just have to put the petal down from the very get go starting with knocking off the No. 1 rated team in the NFC.

Posted by: Sean | Sep 5, 2013 1:45:27 PM

Give me a media pass I'd love to cover the panthers haha.

Posted by: Sean | Sep 5, 2013 1:46:34 PM

I agree on the coverage by the local media.

I asked Fowler why the Seattle Media was asking Steve Smith interesting and tough questions and not Charlotte media.

Charlotte media is too busy not rocking the boat and asking softball questions. The Observer is dying, at least man up and do some real reporting as the ship goes down.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 5, 2013 1:50:04 PM

If Cam had finished 8th in voting, guess how many captains we would have.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 5, 2013 1:59:50 PM

This towel complaint shytt is getting old! Let it go!!! That is who he is a head towel wearing QB and if they are consistent winners, you guys will have nothing to complain about!! Well never mind, you will find something else wrong with Cam or the team regardless! But move on!! GO PANTHERS!!! WHIP Seattle Sunday!!!

Posted by: Go Panthers!! | Sep 5, 2013 2:08:10 PM

ESPN says Cam getting the C patch is a big deal in his 3rd year but Mr. Kuechly earned it in his 2nd year...by now you get what you have with Cam, expectations will be leveled after this season.

Posted by: Yo Yo Mama Said Hi | Sep 5, 2013 2:29:59 PM

I don't see any chance in Panthers winning this game Sunday, just no chance!

Posted by: Joe S | Sep 5, 2013 2:30:36 PM

We need to remember that profesional atheletes and team mates made there selection, if Newton got the nod its because he earned it. I personally think it was a great decision the guy gives it his all each and every game.

Posted by: Jose | Sep 5, 2013 2:36:55 PM

It doesn't make since to say "if Cam had come in 8th in the voting, guess how many captains there would be?". The previous two years he wasn't a captain, and they didn't make any special exceptions for him, so why now this year. I guess it couldn't just be that his teammates have seen some growth and maturation in him as a man, and now deem him worthy of the honor. This young man can't get a break in this town with a lot of you people. Even the things which should be honors get turned into something bad by many idiots.

Posted by: Jeff | Sep 5, 2013 2:46:27 PM

Everyone needs to get off Cam's case. The bigger issue is our offensive line. If they can block well to give our running game a chance, and to give Cam time to find receivers, then you can blame Cam if we have a bad season.

Posted by: Smokin' D | Sep 5, 2013 2:50:42 PM

Seattle will beat this team by 40 pts. 50 to 10 sounds about right. We decided to run the ball at about the same time our best running back was getting surgery on not one but both his ankles. Cam is a joke. Real football people know it and so should you. I've seen 5 year old kids with more composure. Cam had a 1-7 record in close games last year. He couldn't lead his way out of a wet paper bag.

Posted by: elvis | Sep 5, 2013 2:53:42 PM

Elvis, you obviously are a jealous hater with no football knowledge. Sounds like you have little man syndrome, or are just a kid. Can't wait for you to eat your words come Sunday when Carolina pounds Seattle.

Posted by: Smokin' D | Sep 5, 2013 2:59:00 PM

I want to agree with a previous post, I am a owner of a trucking company which I drive all over the us, this newspaper coverage of the panthers are embarrassing compare to the cities I go to, even their local radio stations covers their respective team in depth, why do the co covers the panthers as if they are a hs team, I mean only 32 nfl teams in the usa

Posted by: Shutup bandwagoner | Sep 5, 2013 3:06:42 PM

Just remember this, Cam haters:

Down 24 - 0 AT Alabama, he led the Auburn Tigers to a 28 - 27 win.

So yeah, he totally sucks at that leadership thing.

Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 5, 2013 3:13:15 PM

Cam ain't the man...should be SCAM Newton.

As for Jonathan's comment, college football and NFL are two very different things! Good try though....

Posted by: atleasttheuniformslookgood | Sep 5, 2013 3:29:06 PM

Cam is gonna be great and end up leaving the city with all people's negativity. Support your QB and we should be happy remember the lost season we had like 6 qbs??

Posted by: Woods | Sep 5, 2013 3:37:25 PM

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