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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera said the Panthers will work out two veteran safeties and two young safeties today with only three healthy safeties on the roster. The veterans are three-time Pro Bowl selection Donte Whitner and Stevie Brown.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Undrafted rookie linebacker Jeremy Cash went through the concussion protocol during the Panthers' 19-17 loss to New England. But according to Cash via Twitter, "I'm just fine and looking forward to getting back after it next week."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Ron Rivera was looking for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to be ready for 30-35 snaps when the season opens on Sept. 8 at Denver. After playing just 17 snaps in the first two preseason games, Benjamin played 34 in Friday night's 19-17 loss to New England. The 2014 first-round pick was targeted six times, catching three passes for 27 yards. Second-year receiver Devin Funchess was targeted 10 times, catching five for 49 yards.

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Garoppolo describes ups and down against Panthers (0:27)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sporting some fancy yellow pants.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton: "It comes down to we're not playing good team ball."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't sound concerned. "Preseason," he said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said it's not time to panic. He also said: "We're not that good. We will get better."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said guard Trai Turner (shoulder) is fine. He said Mike Scifres took a hard hit on the knee when the Patriots ran into the punter. Didn't express concern.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Cam Newton's performance. "Disappointing. We talked about it."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said "lower those passes, catch the ball and we're right where we want to be."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the loss to New England came down to "missed opportunities more than anything else." He cited them in all phases.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

You don't hear Marcus Lucas in conversations for the fourth tight end, but he's had a pretty good last week and a half. That touchdown catch from third-string Panthers quarterback Joe Webb showed Lucas' skills as a former wide receiver.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

One other injury update for the Panthers. Undrafted rookie outside linebacker Jeremy Cash is being evaluated for a concussion.

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LeGarrette Blount hurdles like he's in Rio (0:25)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers starting left guard Andrew Norwell has an ankle injury and right guard Trai Turner a shoulder injury. Not sure if they are serious.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton's night appears done. The Panthers quarterback finished 13-for-29 for 100 yards. Throw in the two interceptions and he had a passer rating of 25.1 after having a rating of 126.6 in the first two games.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have bad breakdowns in all phases tonight, including special teams. A long punt return set up a short field for New England, which capitalized for a 16-3 lead. Ron Rivera will not be pleased.

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Cam Newton gets picked off by Logan Ryan (0:22)
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Brady floats perfect pass for TD (0:37)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Outside linebacker Thomas Davis summed up the first half for the Panthers. "We have to play better. You look at the mistakes that we made. Those are the mistakes that teams that are not as good as we are, that are not as talented as we are, make."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton finished the first half 8-for-20 passing for 61 yards. He was intercepted twice. His passer rating was 8.5. Pretty much sums up the half for Carolina, which trails 9-0.

Team Stats

Passing Yards224.324th
Rushing Yards142.62nd
Points For31.31st
Points Against19.36th

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