The Carolina Panthers resumed training camp today at their practice facility just north of Bank of America Stadium. For the record, Charlotte was every bit at hot as Spartanburg today. But no complaints from me, football is back in the queen city.
The biggest news of the day was the signing of offensive tackle Willie Smith. Smith (71) is a good sized tackled, but not quite as big as David Foucault (73).
Smith spent most of the day as the third string left tackle, but also spent some time on the right side as well. It is unclear at this point who he is here to replace, but conventional thinking is David Foucault’s position may be in jeopardy.
Wide receiver Devin Funchess wins the “play of the day” award for a leaping touchdown grab from Cam Newton. Although rookie corner Daryl Worley provided excellent coverage, the ball sailed just slightly higher than his hand and straight into Devin’s. Worley pounded on the ground after the play, realizing how close he came to making an amazing play on the ball. Instead, it is Devin Funchess who gets the “play of the day”.
Good news for Brandon Wegher fans. Wegher did spend a few reps with Cam Newton and the first string offense today. It is entirely possible we see Wegher this Saturday in Tennessee on the same field with Newton. If so, that will be a huge opportunity for Wegher to claim the highly coveted third string running back position.
General Carolina Panthers Practice Notes
Stephen Hill had a very nice long reception today while being covered by James Bradberry. While Bradberry was in excellent position, it was just too good of a throw and catch.
Keyarris Garrett continues to string together nice practices. Today he took advantage of his size over nickel Zack Sanchez for a completion from Joe Webb. Garrett has been coming on strong lately, and is definitely something worth keeping an eye on. Practice squad potential for sure.
Speaking of nickel, Bene Benwikere started at nickel and is starting to look like his old self. Benwikere has been dealing with soreness in his leg as it continues to heal from a fracture.
Greg Olsen did not practice again today, making it three in a row. Ron Rivera stated after practice it was nothing to be concerned about. But with the only 2 preseason games he would have played in within the next 11 days, I doubt we will see him suited up until Denver. Greg Olsen is a veteran’s veteran and really does not need the preseason reps. It might be best to give those to the young guys and see what they can do.