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Ron Rivera pays Newton special attention at Pro Day

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is not expected to commence passing drills for a few hours. But we’ve been watching coverage of the Tigers’ Pro Day since it began at 1:30, and couldn’t help but notice Panthers coach Ron Rivera hovering over Newton at multiple points during the proceedings.

Newton is in a backpack and sweats, and Rivera is in sunglasses and jeans. The two could be seen joking, laughing, and having extensive conversations while Newton’s college teammates participated in drills.

(Special thanks to the Rock Hill Herald‘s Darin Gantt for the above pic.)

Rivera and Newton are obviously on cordial terms, which should only fuel belief that Newton is going to be the Panthers’ pick at No. 1 in the draft. Rivera made it a point to be around Newton frequently on Tuesday.

Another notable nugget from Auburn’s Pro Day: Defensive tackle Nick Fairley skipped the bench press. Fairley also skipped the bench at the Combine, allegedly due to a shoulder injury.

Whether that shoulder injury has lingered is unconfirmed.

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9 Responses to “Ron Rivera pays Newton special attention at Pro Day”
  1. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 4:09 PM

    The Newt’s throwing workout may have to be delayed due to a heavy smokescreen covering the field at the moment.

  2. savocabol1 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:12 PM

    It looks like Cam Newton is chewing gum in that pick…did Ron Rivera give it to him? If so what kind of gum is it?

    Can’t wait till the draft so we can stop with the TMZ type articles on these draft prospects.

  3. nyg17 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:14 PM

    Vince Young 2.0

  4. rovibe says: Mar 8, 2011 4:17 PM

    Rivera’s either putting up a smokescreen or smoking something.

  5. ihateraylewis says: Mar 8, 2011 4:22 PM

    The first rookie Head Coach mistake for Rivera.

  6. jhorton83 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:37 PM

    Somewhere Jimmy Clausen is crying.

  7. seanmmartin says: Mar 8, 2011 4:40 PM

    Since I’m 7 years old, this must mean Carolina is drafting him…

  8. dkeyser says: Mar 8, 2011 6:11 PM

    Rivera is paying him special attention by using sock puppets and crayons to show him how to play in a pro style offense

  9. thenewwisewoo says: Mar 8, 2011 7:18 PM

    Truly odd that Rivera would choose to go to the Pro Day that had two of his top 10 potential number one picks performing in one day over the other pro days today that consisted of none of his top 10 potential number one picks.

    Clearly he must be drafting newton!

    p.s. maybe he was laughing because Newton is such a joke…

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