Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/10/11
NOTES Rookie quarterback Cam Newton has led the Panthers to more touchdowns (21) than they scored during the entire season (17) a year ago. Newton has directly accounted for 18 of those scores with 11 touchdown passes and seven rushing scores. Wide receiver Steve Smith has already equaled his team leading reception total of last season with 46 and nearly doubled his 554 yards from a year ago with 918, which ranks second in the NFL and first in the NFC. Coach Ron Rivera said he's pleased with how rookie Byron Bell is handling the right tackle spot since taking over as the starter there when Jeff Otah was placed on injured reserve. "He's a tremendous young man and you see him developing into the type of football player you're looking for," Rivera said. "He's a smart young individual who is young and talented. I think as he goes and continues to grow, we've got something here. He has a bright future in the NFL and I'm very happy for him because he works at it. A lot of times when...
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