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Fan Fest: Panthers defense denies Cam Newton, offense twice at goal line

Cam Newton leads the wave at Panthers Fan Fest

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got the fans involved at Friday's Fan Fest by leading them in the wave near the end of practice.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got the fans involved at Friday's Fan Fest by leading them in the wave near the end of practice.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had no problem getting the Bank of America Stadium crowd on its feet for his typical end-of-Fan-Fest wave session.

He and the offense just couldn’t get them out of their seats during goal line drills.

The Panthers’ first-team offense was stoned twice by the first-team defense at the goal line.

All of the rushes failed to break the plane of the goal line, which Panthers coach Ron Rivera attributed in part to the offensive line.

But Rivera, a former linebacker himself, was pleased to see the defense hold on consecutive occasions.

“I thought that was outstanding. I really liked the energy the guys played with and the way they attacked,” Rivera said. “On the inverse, on the offensive line we’ve got to get our pad level down and knock them back. That’ll be a real good tape for us to watch as coaches.”

Linebacker A.J. Klein, taking first-team reps in place of Thomas Davis, said the stands spoke to Carolina’s stout defensive front.

“It shows that right now as a defense we’ve got a great front line,” Klein said. “Obviously, big bodies up front. That was actually the first time we’ve repped goalline this (camp). So a good first night of our short-yardage stuff.”

Backup quarterback Derek Anderson had no problem getting into the end zone in the same drill against the second-team defense. Anderson used a play-action bootleg to roll to the left and jog into the end zone for a touchdown.

In all, there were positives for both the offense and defense throughout all the drills, and that was fine with Rivera.

“You’re looking for consistency,” Rivera said, “but when you see both sides making plays I guess there is some good out of that.”

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60,000 tickets were given out for the Carolina Panthers Fan Fest practice at Bank of America Stadium. The rain didn't temper the fans excitement for a new season.

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