Teddy Williams and 'modern day Rough Riders' make noise at Panthers' camp

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Perhaps the best way to find members of the Carolina Panthers secondary when theyre not on the practice field is to listen for the roar.

Seven of the 15 have Panther Blue Yamaha Raptor 450 ATVs.

Were like the modern day Rough Riders, cornerback Teddy Williams said.

That would make Williams the Teddy Roosevelt of the group.

They dont have San Juan Hill for him to lead a charge. But the off-road machines come in handy as players race up the paved hill that goes from the locker room at Wofford College, the Panthers' training camp home, to the cafeteria and living quarters.

Perhaps "race" wasnt the best word here.

The only thing I pay attention to is if theyre going too fast, coach Ron Rivera said when asked about the ATVs. Im serious. I told them if I catch them Ill take them away from them.

Anyone that doubts this should remember that during the 2015 Super Bowl run, Rivera banned the hoverboards players rode around Bank of America Stadium because he caught several racing them in the locker room.

He also was concerned after seeing a video of the boards igniting and catching fire.

Hopefully, theyre staying within the speed limit and driving them the way theyre supposed to, Rivera said.

So far, with the Spartanburg portion of camp set to break on Sunday, there have been no incidents. The defensive backs only use the machines to lessen the wear and tear on their legs between practices.

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Other players have different variations of ATVs, many of them Panther blue. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis has arguably the best, a four-seater that apparently has a killer stereo system.

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Defensive end Mario Addison has a 1000 Polaris he insists will go 230 mph.

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