Panthers' Smith has high praise for Newton, Rivera

Updated: June 6, 2011, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Panthers receiver Steve Smith describes new Carolina coach Ron Rivera as "a great guy." Smith calls the decision to draft quarterback Cam Newton No. 1 overall "outstanding."

The four-time Pro Bowl pick still isn't ready to say he wants to stay with the Panthers, however.

Smith showed up to take batting practice with several of his teammates before a minor league baseball game Monday night, but he remained tightlipped when asked about his uncertain future in Carolina ...

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