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17hDavid Newton

Reid rips Jay-Z over Kap remarks, deal with NFL

Panthers safety Eric Reid continued to be critical of Jay-Z on Friday, saying it was "asinine" of him to say "we've moved past kneeling" and calling his partnership with the NFL a "money move."

Reid calls out Stephen A. for Kaepernick comments (1:03)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Eric Reid responded to comments by ESPN's Stephen A Smith, who criticized him for lashing out at Jay-Z ‘s partnership with the NFL and saying it was burying Colin Kaepernick's career. ‘'The order of events that happened right? We're professional athletes first, then we started protesting systemic oppression,'' Reid said. ‘'I think it's ludicrous that somebody like Stephen A,, who has been so closely reporting on this, would make a statement like that is asinine."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said "decision making'' was what he'll look at first when deciding between Kyle Allen and Will Grier and Cam Newton's backup. He was surprised both struggled in Friday night's exhibition loss to Buffalo after two good practices against the Bills on Tuesday and Wednesday. "The part about it was the decisions that it looked like they made, were good decisions,'' Rivera said. "They just didn't deliver good balls.''

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Eric Reid is wearing a black No.7 Colin Kaepernick jersey. Says Jay Z prospects of being a part owner of an NF@ team is ‘'kind of despicable.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Time to give Taylor Heinicke some serious snaps in this backup quarterback contest? So far in the fourth quarter he's 8-for-11 for 78 yards and a touchdown. First up last season when Cam Newton was shut down, Heinicke has been reduced to basically a scout team quarterback during most practices while Kyle Allen and Will Grier battle it out. Don't forget Heinicke has the most experience in Norv Turner's offense, having been with him at Minnesota.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Grier gets his first snaps in from of his hometown crowd at Bank of America Stadium. He has a chance to impress after Kyle Allen went 4-for-11 for 32 yards with two passes deflected at the line of scrimmage. So what does he do? Throws an interception that is returned 71 yards for a touchdown.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Not a great start for Kyle Allen with the first-team offense (minus TE Greg Olsen) in the race for the backup quarterback job. He short-hopped a second-down pass and had his third-down pass tipped at the line. Allen has been consistent most of the preseason, which is why he got the start over Will Grier.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

In first look at Panthers' starting defense -- minus ILBs Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson -- in an exhibition game this preseason there was decent pressure at times but Buffalo was able to move efficiently mostly with short passes to the 12 for a field goal. No gaping mistakes, though, and the unit will be more efficient with Kuechly and Thompson.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Fans get to see Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warm up in uniform, but he won't play. Neither will Christian McCaffrey, Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen and Shaq Thompson. Coach Ron Rivera apparently not risking his stars to injury in the first two preseason games.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

First-round pick Brian Burns (ankle) moving around pretty good during warmups with the defensive line. He was held out of Wednesday's joint practice against Buffalo after tweaking the ankle during Tuesday's practice. He had two sacks in his preseason debut last week at Chicago.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton is not expected to play in tonight's exhibition game against Buffalo, so the Panthers attention turns to backups Kyle Allen and Will Grier. Team is taking no chances with Newton. He got good work in joint practices against Buffalo on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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3dJason Reid

Jay-Z defends NFL deal; Panthers' Reid critical

Jay-Z said he still supports former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but now is focused on action. "Everybody knows I agree with what you're saying [in Kaepernick's underlying message]. So what are we gonna do?"

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3dDavid Newton

Panthers' Cox cited for speeding, marijuana

The North Carolina Highway Patrol pulled over Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. on Wednesday, shortly after the Panthers broke camp.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., was cited on Wednesday with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and going 90 mph in a 65 mph speed zone on his way home from training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Cox's 2015 Nissan was pulled on I-85 near Kings Mountain, N.C. "The club is aware that Bryan Cox Jr. was cited by law enforcement today,'' a team spokesperson said. "We are in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the NFL and Bryan. We will have no further comment at this time.''

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3dJenna Laine

Sapp: DT McCoy 'not even close' to a Bucs legend

Hall of Famer Warren Sapp disagrees with former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy's recent comments that Tampa Bay erred by giving away his jersey number to Ndamukong Suh.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers' camp observations as the Wofford College portion ends: 1. Coach Ron Rivera wouldn't name a camp MVP, so I will. Curtis Samuel. The third-year wide receiver caught a deep pass almost every practice, including Wednesday's joint session against Buffalo; 2. QB Cam Newton only talked to the media once in three weeks, but he had a solid camp on the field. Other than a few days off he had no limitations throwing and began developing solid chemistry with his receivers and line; Looks like he'll be ready for the opener; 3. First-round pick Brian Burns was held out of drills after suffering a minor ankle injury on Tuesday, but the Panthers escaped camp with no major injuries -- always a plus. 4. LB Luke Kuechly had a scare early in camp with what appeared to be a head injury, but he finished strong. He had a PBU early on Wednesday and tipped a pass later; 5. If this truly is the last time the Panthers hold training camp at Wofford College, where they have been for 25 years, the school and city of Spartanburg should be applauded for outstanding support.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Training camp was good for the Panthers as they transitioned to a 3-4 defensive front with additions such as Gerald McCoy, Bruce Irvin and Brian Burns, but as Pro Bowl DL Kawann Short said ‘'we've got to get better.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly and the rest of the starters to get in at least a series on Friday against Buffalo. None played in the preseason opener at Chicago. In terms of Newton, Rivera liked what he saw in training camp that came to a close at Wofford College on Wednesday. Timing was the biggest plus of having the franchise quarterback practicing following an offseason of rehabbing his right shoulder.

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