Interesting to watch Roger Goodell after he finished talking to fans and the media and the NFL Network Wednesday night. Riding in a golf cart with Jerry Richardson, the first stop was the quarterbacks. There were handshakes and there was a hug. Cam Newton reached out and hugged the NFL commissioner.
The cart rolled right and stopped at Armanti Edwards. Edwards is having a very good camp. Maybe Goodell heard. He talked to Edwards for at least a minute.
The cart stopped again a few yards later, and Jon Beason walked over and so did Greg Olson.
If there was animosity from players about the lockout or the fines for cheap shots and leading with the helmet -- and of course there is -- it was not apparent.
Spartanburg was the first of Goodell's fan meetings since the NFL went back to work last week.
Goodell stood in the shade with a microphone and took questions from fans.
One fan, young guy behind a fence, athletic looking but short, asked if the game was becoming too soft.
Goodell vehemently disagreed and pointed at the players warming up behind him -- 275-pound Charles Johnson and 295-pound Andre Nesbit. He invited the fan to put on equipment and find out.