David Newton ESPN Staff Writer
Panthers coach Ron Rivera likes what he's seen from quarterback Cam Newton in the first two practices. "He's had his moments,"" Rivera said. "A couple of times he tried to force a couple of balls down field when I'd rather see him throw the check down. But he sees something . . . and he's got a lot of confidence in his guys right now. He is throwing the ball well.'' Rivera also likes Newton's straw hat. "I'm a little envious," Rivera said. "I wish I had one that for me. He looks good, though. He really does."