Panthers’ Davis drained by Rodgers, Packers hype

Count Panthers LB Thomas Davis among those worn out by the buzz on Green Bay and its Super Bowl-winning QB, Aaron Rodgers.

With the Packers on tap for Week 2, Davis is preparing onlookers for what would be the biggest upset of the young NFL season.

“Man, I’m tired of talking about Aaron Rodgers,” Davis told the Gaston Gazette on Wednesday. “We’ll line up and we’re going to compete as hard as we can, and we should come away with a victory.”

It’s unlikely Thomas would have spouted off in this manner a year ago, with the Panthers rolling out the carpet on a disastrous 2-14 campaign that led to a complete franchise overhaul.

It just goes to show what a young, exciting quarterback can do for even the most moribund team. Cam Newton won’t throw for 400 yards every week, but his poise and creativity against the Cardinals in Week 1 was a revelation. He was lashed by his critics before and after the draft — with many suggesting he’d have problems picking up a pro-style offense after leading Auburn’s spread attack — but Newton has been a quick study and impressed teammates.

We’ll wait and see before tagging Davis a clairvoyant, but Carolina appears prepped to ruffle feathers in the loaded NFC South.

— Marc Sessler

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