Panthers' Smith Has High Praise For Newton, Rivera

7:04 PM, Jun 6, 2011   |    comments
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FORT MILL, S.C.-- Panthers receiver Steve Smith describes new Carolina coach Ron Rivera as "a great guy." Smith calls the decision to draft quarterback Cam Newton No. 1 overall "outstanding."

The four-time Pro Bowl pick still isn't ready to say he wants to stay with the Panthers, however.

Smith showed up to take batting practice with several of his Carolina teammates before a minor league baseball game Monday night.

When asked about his uncertain future, Smith said "I choose to keep my opinion to myself and we'll continue to take that road."
Rivera said last week trading Smith was "not a foregone conclusion."

Smith says he hasn't attended workouts organized by his teammates because his wife's health has kept him at home.

Associated Press

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