Cam Newton said he went into the Carolina Panthers preseason opener last Saturday night a little lethargic.
Perhaps the grind of training camp was getting to Newton and the Panthers, and they were unable to match the intensity the Houston Texans brought to Bank of America Stadium. For Houston, just getting out on the road and seriously breaking the monotony of camp may have been a necessary tonic the Panthers werent afforded.
The result was a 26-13 Carolina defeat, and a second half that left a lot to be desired. But the Panthers have a chance to get the nose pointed in the right direction Friday night versus the visiting Miami Dolphins and should have more bounce in their collective steps this time around.
First, training camp broke Tuesday, which is always a relief, especially after nearly three weeks of bunking together and seeing very little of anything or anyone else. Plus, being at home without having to bus to Charlotte from Spartanburg S.C., will give the players more of ...