Panthers' Smith, Newton embracing Reid addition

Which coach would you want running the Panthers

Which coach would you want running the Panthers

Receiver Torrey Smith said conversation about potential protests before the games hasn't gone down in the locker room since Reid joined the team, the report states.

When Ron Rivera spoke with media on Monday, he revealed that the goal was to get newly signed safety Eric Reid on the field as much as possible for Sunday's match-up against the New York Giants.

"No one cares. It's not like he's out there, coach calls Cover 3 or man-to-man, and he's going to take a knee and let his guy go run by him", laughed Smith. Eric knows what is best for Eric, and what he needs to do.

Reid famously knelt next to Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustice and spent quite a bit of time on the free agency market despite being a well-qualified and heralded safety.

"We've accepted him with open arms", said quarterback Cam Newton, who added the team "got a steal" in Reid. We all understand what he's fighting for, so if that's something he decides to do, that's what he decides to do. He remained unsigned as a free agent until the Panthers added him last week to replace injured safety Da'Norris Searcy. "I was thinking to myself, I hope he was and is as excited as everyone is at having him".

As for his new Panthers teammates, they're more concerned with what he'll do after the national anthem. "And I know that none of that will be a distraction".

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