QB Newton hopes concerns addressed after talk with Goodell

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton speaks to the media during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Newton spoke briefly about meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after complaining that he didn't feel officials were protecting him in the pocket. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is hopeful his concerns over taking ''illegal hits'' from defensive players while he's in the pocket will be addressed on the field following a ''great conversation'' with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The two spoke Tuesday by phone, and Newton says that Goodell was receptive to his concerns.

The QB says, ''I got my point across. He got his point across. That's it.''

Newton said after Sunday's game he didn't feel safe in the pocket after no flag was thrown when Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Calais Campbell crashed into his legs as he was releasing the football.

Asked if he thinks his concerns will be enforced on the field, Newton replied, ''We'll wait to see Sunday and moving forward.''

The Panthers visit the Rams on Sunday.

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