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Sunday practice Observations: Panthers coach Ron Rivera recalls last NFL sack

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera conducts a drill during practice at training camp on Sunday. Rivera’s final sack in the NFL came against newly minted Hall of Famer Brett Favre.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera conducts a drill during practice at training camp on Sunday. Rivera’s final sack in the NFL came against newly minted Hall of Famer Brett Favre. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Observations from Sunday’s Carolina Panthers training camp practice in Spartanburg:

▪  Panthers coach Ron Rivera’s final sack with the Bears came in 1992 against Brett Favre, the Packers QB who was inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday. Years later Rivera told Favre about the play. “He looked at me and said, 'Hell, I didn't realize I was that slow,’” Rivera recalled.

▪  Safety Dean Marlowe stood out Sunday. He had what would have been a sack on a blitz during team drills, and later, playing against the first-team offense, he picked off Cam Newton on a deep throw down the middle to Brenton Bersin.

▪  There was no music played during warm-ups, which was a bit odd. Newton recognized it and asked a fan if he had a Beats stereo that he could bring out and play.

▪  Rookie tight end Braxton Deaver brought in a Joe Webb pass by sticking out his hand and tapping it slightly in the air to corral it.

▪  Rookie cornerback James Bradberry had a nice pass breakup on a Newton pass intended for Ed Dickson near the sideline.

▪  Undrafted receiver Keyarris Garrett didn’t have a good day. He dropped an easy catch early in team period and then allowed a cornerback to step in front of him and break up another pass.

▪  Newton executed a read-option keep to perfection. Rather than pitching it to the running back, Newton faked it and duped A.J. Klein. Klein groaned as Newton kept the ball and hit the hole for what would have likely been a first down.

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