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No fights but plenty of smack talked at Panthers-Bills practice

Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Cam Newton enjoys making smack talk during Panthers-Bills joint camp at Wofford College Tuesday.
 

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Cam Newton enjoys making smack talk during Panthers-Bills joint camp at Wofford College Tuesday.

 



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There was plenty of action in the trenches at the Panthers-Bills joint camp at Wofford College Tuesday.
 

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There was plenty of action in the trenches at the Panthers-Bills joint camp at Wofford College Tuesday.

 



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Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera had his family dog, Tahoe, at practice.
 
 

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Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera had his family dog, Tahoe, at practice.

 

 



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Agility drills are part of the Panthers camp.

Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez / Carolina Panthers

Agility drills are part of the Panthers camp.



By JEFFREY BREAZEALE

The Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills held a joint practice at Wofford College Tuesday with both head coaches addressing opposing teams before practice.

“If anybody fights then we'll pull them out and throw them out of practice and they'll have to be disciplined,' Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "We're not here to fight.” Rivera and Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott addressed each team. McDermott was defensive coordinator for the Panthers under Rivera when the Panthers reached Super Bowl L for the 2015 season.

There weren’t any fights but there was some smack talk between former teammates with Rivera coming up with the best zinger.

It wasn’t a surprise that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and newly signed Bills cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (former Panther) started talking trash as soon as they spotted each other. Rivera’s zinger to Munnerlyn: “You know the high school fields are over there.”

The Panthers end summer camp at Wofford with the joint practice today, 9:25-11:30 a.m. The teams play an exhibition game Friday at 7 p.m. in Charlotte.

• Panthers second-year cornerback Donte Jackson appeared to be happy to see Munnerlyn. Jackson was given Munnerlyn’s former Panthers jersey number, Both wear No 26 this year,

• Jackson knocked down a slant targeted for John Brown, batted down a crossing route to David Sills and got just enough of a deep ball thrown by quarterback Josh Allen to break up the pass to wide receiver David Sills. Jackson also broke up a route across the middle to Zay Jones.

• Cornerback James Bradberry was able to get enough of Brown’s right arm to keep the Bills from scoring a deep touchdown pass from Josh Allen.

• The Panthers’ defensive line was impressive against the Bills’ offensive line during one-on-ones. Mario Addison, Kawann Short, Gerald McCoy, Bruce Irvin, and Brian Burns all were able to get into the backfield against their counter parts.

• Panthers guard Trai Turner, center Matt Paradis, and tackle Daryl Williams did not take part in one-on-ones.

• Tre Boston, free safety, spent his second day with the Panthers starters.

• Tight end Ian Thomas, center Tyler Larsen and cornerback Kevon Seymour remain sidelined.

• Rivera had his family dog, Tahoe, at practice.

• The Bills defense was fired up after forcing Newton to hold the ball until the whistle, designating a sack, on the first snap of 11-on-11. That changed on the next play as Newton connected with Curtis Samuel for a long touchdown. Samuel played to the Bills fans in attendance after the TD.

• During a two-minute drill the Bills picked off Newton in the end zone when linebacker Matt Milano got a hand on the throw and cornerback Ryan Lewis grabbed it.

• The only moment the Bills fans had to cheer was when backup QB Matt Barkley and WR Isaiah McKenzie hooked up for a touchdown in the two-minute drill.

 

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