Posted August 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
Cam Newton got a chance to show off for the fans a little at the Carolina Panthers Fan Fest on Saturday. However, coach Ron Rivera said there was a bigger message for the Panthers during the annual fan appreciation day. ''The fans showed us they have expectations,'' Rivera said after Saturday's two-hour practice. ''That gave us a little bit of energy to our players. The enthusiasm, the effort we got in return was good.'' Newton, Carolina's second-year quarterback, was the star of the show, drawing the biggest cheers from the estimated 22,000 fans. His biggest came on a short-yardage drill, with Newton dropping back to pass, then tucking the ball and running untouched into the end zone. But the Panthers' defense also showed off a little, with three players - rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly, rookie safety D.J. Campbell and free-agent cornerback Nate Ness - getting interceptions.
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