SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Panthers defense turned in a strong performance during team periods at Thursday night's training camp practice at Wofford College.
Game officials participated in the practice, and Newton wanted them to increase their level of participation.
Newton's pleas fell on deaf ears, but he got the last laugh when Anderson hooked up with Adams in the middle of the end zone on the next snap.
"We don't need your flag," Newton said with a smile.
Overall, the defense had more reasons to smile.
--Newly signed cornerback
Three defensive backs registered interceptions, while a fourth might have made more plays than anybody.
--Godfrey eventually ended that drive with an interception, then the defense held in another two-minute situation with Anderson at quarterback. The offense later didn't score on a trio of red zone drills, though Newton did connect for a scoring pass to
--After the two-minute drills, kicker
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
--Rivera took advantage of an opportunity late in the two-minute drill to drill home a teaching point.
With three seconds on the clock and the offense 18 yards from the end zone, defensive end
Rivera then told the offense, however, that wasn't the smartest play in that specific situation.
"With three seconds left, don't jump," he yelled. "We get a free play."
Rivera also made sure the defense understood the possible consequences: if they jump offside in that situation, an alert offense could get a "free play" to try to score as well as an untimed down if they don't score – a crucial two-for-one.
--Newton didn't limit his joking with personnel to the men in stripes. When he uncorked a high pass that ticked off the outstretched arms of a ballboy, Newton bellowed, "Hey, you've got to be able to make plays out here."
When the ballboy later bobbled a ball and muttered that it just wasn't his day, Panthers team president Danny Morrison offered him a piece of advice on the sideline. Morrison was a student-athlete at Wofford in the 1970s, albeit on the basketball court rather than the football field.
NEXT UP: Friday's practice has been moved to Gibbs Stadium and will kick off at 3:30 p.m. After practice, the Panthers will head to Charlotte for Fan Fest scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bank of America Stadium and will return to the Wofford fields Monday at 6 p.m.