Cam Newton named Panthers’ co-captain for first time

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the first time in his career, Cam Newton has been selected by his teammates as co-captain.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly, linebacker Thomas Davis, wide receiver Steve Smith, offensive linemen Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil were also selected as co-captains.

Rivera announced the news prior to Thursday’s practice.

During training camp, Newton said being a co-captain was a goal of his, saying “when you’re a team captain that’s not just a patch on the jersey. You’re holding yourself to a higher standard with being accountable.”