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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Perhaps the best way to find members of the Carolina Panthers’ secondary when they’re not on the practice field is to listen for the roar. Seven of the 15 have Panther Blue Yamaha Raptor 450 ATVs. “We’re like the modern day Rough Riders,’’ cornerback Teddy Williams said. Kelvin Benjamin Jerseys That would make Williams the Teddy Roosevelt of the group. They don’t 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" wasn’t the best word here.

“The only thing I pay attention to is if they’re going too fast,’’ coach Ron Rivera said when asked about the ATVs. Luke Kuechly Jerseys “I’m serious. I told them if I catch them I’ll 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, they’re staying within the speed limit and driving them the way they’re supposed to,’’ Rivera said.

So far, with the Spartanburg portion of camp set to break on Sunday, there have been no incidents. Star Lotulelei Jerseys The defensive backs only use the machines to lessen the wear and tear on their legs between practices. Defensive end Charles Johnson called Williams and company “copycats’’ with their blue 450s that the team website dubbed the “Blue Brigade.’’ “Just copycats,’’ Johnson said. Cam Newton Jerseys “That four-wheeler out there won’t do nothing with the blue machine. I’m a country guy, so I know what I’m talking about.’’ Williams initially contacted Kevin Powell Motorsports based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, about renting one ATV for himself.

Powell came up with the idea of outfitting the entire secondary. Greg Olsen Jerseys Well, as many as he could get on one of his transporters. “The most they could fit on the tractor trailer was seven,’’ Williams explained. “So we got seven and just went oldest to youngest in our room.’’ It was more a matter of oldest to youngest that answered the phone. When somebody didn’t answer, Williams moved on. “Some guys didn’t answer the phone and then they tried to text me,’’ he said. “I said, ‘It’s too late. You should have answered the phone.’ “So every guy outside the rookies, they have to do what they have to do and walk.’’