Cam Newton’s teammates made him aware quite quickly that comparing his team to the Titanic probably wasn’t the best way to go.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said the team gave their quarterback plenty of grief after Newton said “the Titanic still has to go” after the team traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.
“Absolutely. You know we definitely did that. We gave him a hard time about that,” Davis told PFT Live, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “We’re not trying to be that ship that sinks.”
What is still unanswered is whether Newton simply had an inarticulate moment or didn’t really know anything about the history of the Titanic. Sadly, we may never find out.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is one player who is sympathetic to Colin Kaepernick’s cause, both as an activist and as an NFL-caliber talent.
Speaking with SI Now’s Maggie Gray on Wednesday, the two-time Pro Bowler said that he would welcome Kaepernick as a teammate on the Panthers.
“For me as a player, we’d definitely love to have a guy like Kaepernick because we know what he has to offer to this game,” said Davis, per ProFootballTalk’s Darin Gantt. “We know he’s a guy that can come in and play right away. He’s proven he can lead his team to the Super Bowl. And you look at his numbers, he’s had some pretty decent numbers from a quarterback standpoint.
“And at the end of the day that’s what you want,” he continued. “You want to focus in on football. There’s a lot that’s going on in the outside. I commend Kaep on raising the awareness for the social injustices going on in this world. So I would definitely welcome him as a teammate.”
For what it’s worth, the Panthers currently have 34-year-old Derek Anderson functioning as Cam Newton’s primary backup and even Newton himself has had some slight health concerns lately. Davis’ perspective is very different from the one another prominent NFLer recently voiced about Kaepernick, so we are definitely getting a broad spectrum of takes from fellow players on the outspoken quarterback’s continued unemployment.
The Denver Broncos got away with multiple personal fouls in their win over the Carolina Panthers Thursday night, and veteran linebacker Thomas Davis believes that has everything to do with the way NFL officials treat Cam Newton.
Newton was on the receiving end of helmet-to-helmet hits from at least three defenders. Only one flag was thrown late in the fourth quarter, and it was negated by intentional grounding. According to Davis, referees are always hesitant to flag defenders for hits on Newton because the reigning MVP is so big.
“That’s nothing new. They didn’t do anything different that hasn’t happened all along,” Davis said, via Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer. “It’s just something that the league is going to have to police and they’re going to have to do a better job of and start treating him like the quarterback that he is.
“They look at his size. It’s kind of like the NBA used to allow guys to get away with that against Shaquille O’Neal because of his size. But when you dig deep down into it, they talk about player safety all the time and they need to protect that player as well.”
If you remember, Newton said last season that one official told him he did not get a call because he’s not old enough. Apparently the 27-year-old has a lot working against him when it comes to drawing flags.
You can’t blame Newton or anyone in the Panthers organization for being angry over the lack of calls in Denver. While both Davis and Newton said the no-calls didn’t cost Carolina the game, these videos show how egregious they were.
The last time we saw Cam Newton on a big NFL stage, he was rather petulantly blowing off his postgame press conference after the Carolina Panthers were defeated by the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. According to Newton’s teammate, linebacker Thomas Davis, things have changed since then.
Davis told SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Alex Marvez and Kirk Morrison on Wednesday that Newton has learned some things from the debacle.
“Cam understands and he knows that, in that situation, being who he is, being the role model that he is, he has to handle that situation better,” Davis said. “And he’s learned from that, I feel like. Hopefully, we’re never in that position again where we’re losing the Super Bowl, but I definitely feel like Cam has matured since that point and he’s definitely going to be much better at handling different adverse situations like that.”
Newton was roundly criticized for his actions in the press conference, and he has since admitted he handled the whole situation poorly. Perhaps he’ll use the adversity to do better in the future.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, just two weeks after breaking his arm in an NFC Championship Game win over the Arizona Cardinals. When Davis first suffered the injury, team trainers thought he had no chance of suiting up in San Francisco.
Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport that he felt badly for Davis, assuming the 32-year-old veteran’s season was over.
“I remember saying to (assistant trainer Mark Shermansky), ‘I cannot believe this guy’s season is going to end right now,'” Vermillion said. “We were going to win the game, you could tell the way it was going. But I could not believe this guy — what he’s been through — that it’s going to end right now.”
Of course, Davis almost immediately vowed to play in the Super Bowl after breaking the arm. Panthers team doctor Patrick Connor told the training staff the arm could be fixed in time, and Davis underwent surgery to have a metal plate inserted.
“First off, to be able to do what he’s doing takes a special guy,” Vermillion said. “Not everyone can do what he’s doing. He’s not going to go through what he’s gone through and not get this opportunity.”
Davis reportedly looked sharp in practice this week, and he will not have to play with a cast on his arm. It remains to be seen how the arm will react when he is dragging opponents to the ground, but this is a guy who popped his finger back into place in the middle of a play (video here) earlier this season. We wouldn’t bet against his toughness.
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had some harsh words for Rodney Harrison after the analyst and former defensive back said his strategy would be to try to take out Cam Newton’s knees.
Harrison appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday and, when asked about Newton’s dancing, Harrison was honest: he would try to hurt him.
“I would try to hurt him,” Harrison said, via NESN. “I would go right to his knees. That’s the goal. You want to knock him out — that might be the difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl.”
Naturally, this made its way into the Carolina locker room, and did not go over well. Here’s Davis on Twitter:
Josh Norman was also informed of Harrison’s comments.
“You would have to ask (David) Tyree about that one,” Norman said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, invoking the famous catch in Super Bowl XLII. “Remember 85, when he caught it over his head? Rodney’s been saying a lot of things this year, he really has. To comment on something like that … I don’t know.”
This isn’t the first time Norman and Harrison have butted heads. Norman called him “horrible at his job.” In this particular instance, Harrison definitely should’ve kept his mouth shut.
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis broke his arm during Sunday’s NFC championship game, but he doesn’t intend to let that keep him out of the Super Bowl.
Davis broke his right arm attempting a tackle and didn’t return to the game, which Carolina won in blowout fashion. Despite the fact that he had to hold his right arm up with his left hand while speaking to media, Davis seemed to have no doubt that he’ll be playing in two weeks.
“I’ve got two weeks to heal up,” Davis said, via ProFootballTalk’s Darin Gantt. “Come on, you know me. I ain’t missing the Super Bowl, you know that.”
Davis admitted that he has yet to consult with doctors on a treatment plan, but he’s well aware he’s facing up a once in a lifetime opportunity. It seems pretty crazy that this is even a possibility, but this is a guy who once nonchalantly popped his dislocated finger back into place before making a tackle. I would not doubt him.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis dislocated his finger in the middle of a play against the Seattle Seahawks last week, but that wasn’t enough to stop him from making the tackle.
Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review passed along a rather shocking piece of the latest edition of NBC Sports Network’s “Turning Point,” which shows Davis popping his finger back into place before making a stop on Marshawn Lynch.
Davis was caught by the NFL Films cameras explaining to his teammates what had happened.
“I hit the lineman, my finger came out, I popped it back into place,” he said.
Does the NFL need a dislocated finger protocol now in addition to a concussion protocol?
As many of you know, Davis talked some serious trash about Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham after the game. Now that I see what he did on that play against Lynch, I’m willing to listen to whatever Davis has to say.
The Carolina Panthers delivered an impressive comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and that gave at least one of their players the confidence to chirp afterwards.
Linebacker Thomas Davis had eight tackles and a sack in Carolina’s 27-23 win at Seattle and criticized Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham afterwards.
“He’s probably one of those guys who is excited about his production and not worried about his team losing,” Davis said of Graham after the game, via the Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person.
Davis and Graham have history from when they played twice a year when the tight end was in the NFC South as a member of the Saints. Davis said in the week leading up to the game that there wouldn’t be any love lost between them. His comments about Graham could be rooted in their past rivalry, or potentially a response to the storylines surrounding Graham, who was said to be ticked off with the Seahawks early in the season.
Graham did lead Seattle with eight catches for 140 yards, but he probably wasn’t too happy given the game’s outcome.
The Carolina Panthers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday that was so crushing it reportedly moved one of team’s players to tears.
According to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis cried while talking about the team’s loss. “Thomas Davis brought tears in describing the Panthers’ latest loss,” Person tweeted.
It’s easy to see why Davis was so disappointed after the loss. The Panthers were up 21-10 with six minutes left and blew the lead. The defense allowed Tampa Bay to drive 80 yards in 50 seconds for a touchdown to make it 21-19 Panthers. Carolina also allowed to a two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime, and then they allowed the Bucs to go 80 yards for a winning touchdown in overtime.
Davis, who had a team-high 16 tackles, was penalized 15 yards on a questionable unnecessary roughness call during the tying drive. He also forced a fumble on a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter.
At 2-8, there is no doubt many Panthers fans are crying along with Davis. At least he didn’t hold up the team bus with his crying.