CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) - Cam Newton is undeniably one of Carolina's leaders. The Panther signal caller has garnered plenty of respect in his eight seasons, but has also been a lightning rod for criticism on more than a few occasions.
New acquisition Eric Reid has been the focal point of controversy lately. Newton says the Panthers' newest safety won't be a distraction.
"Whatever happened in the past, that happened. You know he's going to be an impact player for us, and that's all I care about," he said. "We've accepted him with open arms."
Newton doesn't shy away from non-football topics. His fashion sense is on display at press conferences. He's commented on the anthem protests that Reid joined Colin Kaepernick for. But Newton also knows how to separate that from the game.
"I'm going to stand by him knowing that none of that will be a distraction from us winning football games," he said.
Reid should give a boost to Carolina's defense. Newton said he's concerned with his offense putting up as many points as possible, but knows that will be a challenge against the New York Giants.
"This is probably going to be the best defense that we've played up until this point," he said.
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