Patriots quarterback Cam Newton loves handing out nicknames — even to his opponents.
Two days after Eagles defensive back K’Von Wallace was heard calling Newton the “Checkdown King” during a joint practice Tuesday, Newton referred to Wallace as “Glitter” during his post-game press conference.
“He was cheerleading a lot on the sideline,” Newton said after the Pats’ 35-0 preseason win Thursday in Philadelphia. “Cheerleaders usually have glitter on.”
Wallace chirped at Newton midway through an extensive 7-on-7 red-zone period at the Eagles’ practice facility. That morning, Newton went 12-of-14 in team drills, including a dropped pass; frequently beating Philadelphia’s defense with short throws in a tight space. On Thursday night, Newton attacked downfield.
He finished 8-of-9 for 103 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass, which Jakobi Meyers scored against Wallace. Two of Newton’s three drives led to touchdowns, and the other resulted in a field goal attempt.