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CHARLOTTE, N. Joe Namath Jersey .C. -- Cam Newton isnt worried about whether hes the fastest quarterback in the NFL. His focus this year is on being smarter with the football. A smiling Newton wasnt about to disagree with Michael Vick, when asked about the Philadelphia quarterbacks comments Friday on The Dan Patrick Show that, even at age 32, hes still the fastest QB in the league. "I dont want to be the fastest quarterback; I want to be the guy that cant be caught," Newton said after Wednesdays practice. "If you get caught in the open field that means youre not doing something right and you will be talked about in the locker room." Newton doesnt feel like he belongs in the same category with burners like with Vick, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III, even after setting an NFL quarterback record with 14 rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2012. Newton said Vick was probably just joking around, but added "I know hes unbelievably fast and I wont challenge him on that." Newton is pretty fast, too. He might be even faster this year after dropping a dozen pounds to get down to 243. Newton said it was something he wanted to do, but wouldnt say why. But more than proving he has great speed, Newtons goal as he prepares for this third NFL season is making more right decisions, and not forcing things or being "overly aggressive." Thats been a problem at times in the past that has led too often to fourth downs and punting situations. "I feel like I need to be more mature in plays, meaning that if its third-and-short, lets go get a first down," Newton said. "If a chunk play is called downfield, I have to be mindful to know that if its not there I have to take a check down. A second-and-7 or second-and-5 sounds a lot better than a second-and-10." Although the Panthers failed to make the playoffs in 2012 finishing 7-9, Newton said he learned a lot in his second season in Carolina and felt like he improved as the year went along. The numbers bear that out. Over the first seven games Newton had four touchdown passes and eight interceptions. In his final nine games he had 14 TDs and four picks, while his completion percentage and yards passing per game also improved. The Panthers finished the season on an uptick winning five of their last six games, including their final four. "I have to be smart and execute the offence and manage the football game," Newton said. Newton wont have as much to remember when he hits the huddle this season. Hell be working with a new offensive co-ordinator in Mike Shula, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach after Rob Chudzinski left to become the Cleveland Browns head coach. Newton said Shula has placed an emphasis this year on simplifying the verbiage in the playbook. But schematically Newton doesnt foresee many changes to Carolinas offensive approach. The Panthers finished in the top 10 in the league in offence in both of his seasons after finishing last in the league in 2011 under then-starting QB Jimmy Clausen. Yet, wins havent been there as often as hed like. After winning national championships at Blinn Junior College and Auburn in back-to-back seasons, Newton said he still detests losing more than he enjoys winning. "I hate the feeling of being defeated," he said. The Panthers are just 13-19 in his two seasons as a starter and havent been to the playoffs since 2008. Newton wants to change that. He stopped short of making any predictions for this year, but feels confident in an offence that has added wide receivers Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn Jr. to the receiving corps to go along with starters Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. The Panthers also boast a solid backfield that includes running backs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. "This town, this city, this state has been dreaming for a winning season and as a player you owe that to the fans and you owe that to yourself," Newton said. Newton traded in his playbook for school books earlier this off-season. He spent a better portion of the spring at Auburn working on his degree in sociology. He said he still needs 15 more credit hours to graduate. He said Its important for him to have that degree because he talks so often to young students about the importance of staying in school. Newton said returning to Auburn was fun. But he said at times it was a distraction with students coming up to ask for autographs before and after class. Still, he said felt at home at Auburn. "I was welcomed me back with open arms," he said. Josh Reynolds Jersey . A lawyer for MLB, Matthew Menchel, confirmed Wednesday the league dropped its case against Biogenesis of America, its owner Anthony Bosch and several other individuals. The lawsuit had accused Biogenesis and Bosch of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned performance-enhancing substances. John Sullivan Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. . Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons. Things to watch in the ACC in Week 2.GAME OF THE WEEK: Penn State and Pittsburgh used to play every year when they were both Eastern independents, but the rivalry went dormant after the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten and Pitt went to the ACC. Their first meeting since 2000 -- the first of a four-game series that runs through 2019 -- matches teams coming off 20-point wins over inferior competition. In an attempt to keep the players focus, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi has put the Panthers on lockdown because he says this week were going to stay locked in and have no distractions.BEST MATCHUP: North Carolina State defense vs. East Carolina pass offense. The Wolfpacks experienced defense -- every listed starter entered the season with starting experience -- allowed just 106 yards passing in an opening win against William & Mary. Theyre going on the road to face a test from former Minnesota QB Philip Nelson, who threw for 398 yards and five touchdowns in a rout of Western Carolina, in a venue thats always loudly hostile to instate ACC schools. They have a chip on their shoulder, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. Our chip on our shoulder has to be proving who we are.INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Only 12 Bowl Subdivision schools did not allow a touchdown during Week 1, and two of them -- Wake Forest and Duke -- meet in their ACC opener. Mark Barron Jersey. The Blue Devils gave up just 112 total yards to North Carolina Central -- the fewest ever allowed by a David Cutcliffe-coached team. The Demon Deacons, meanwhile, gave up 280 yards to Tulane, largely because their offense had trouble staying on the field long enough to give the `D a break.LONG SHOT: Virginia has to hope its second game under new coach Bronco Mendenhall goes better than the first. The Cavaliers, who were beaten soundly by Richmond of the FCS in Mendenhalls debut, now face a cross-country trip to No. 24 Oregon. Beating the Ducks would be a huge upset but maybe the struggling Cavaliers can find a way to cover the nearly 25-point spread.IMPACT PLAYER: Maybe Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans will put on a show before whats expected to be the largest crowd to ever attend a football game. Evans will lead the Hokies against Tennessee in the Battle at Bristol before an expected 150,000 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway. 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