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Cam Newton has bad day, throws 2 interceptions

By Joseph Person
jperson@charlotteobserver.com

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 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.

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