Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson made his first public appearance at training camp Saturday. Richardson, who did not address the team but met with several players and coaches, was joined by former NFL running back Curtis Martin and Bob Prevatte, one of Richardson’s high school football coaches.
▪ The trash talk between quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Thomas Davis intensified during practice after Newton was almost picked off in the end zone by safety Tre Boston. It played out in front of coach Ron Rivera, who said it was “just a couple of Chihuahuas (yapping). That’s all. They like to push each other’s buttons. That’s fine. They just like to compete.”
▪ Receiver Philly Brown warmed up with the team but left practice shortly afterward with a stomach illness. Defensive end Charles Johnson received a vet day off. Receiver Brenton Bersin has bruised ribs, suffered in Thursday’s exhibition at Baltimore. It’s unclear when he’ll return to practice.
▪ Receiver Kevin Norwood was visibly upset with himself after not coming down with two deep Derek Anderson passes. The first was just out of his reach, and he could only get a hand on the second. He slammed his helmet in frustration on the sideline after the last play.
▪ After a poor showing in Baltimore, defensive end Ryan Delaire read a Newton play-action run perfectly. Delaire was waiting for Newton as he rolled to his left on third-and-1, and he was in position to make the tackle for a loss.