The Carolina Panthers have had their first real scuffle of 2017, and it came well ahead of schedule. You can safely expect pushing and shoving to creep up from time to time in the heat of Spartanburg. June seems far too early for tempers to flare, but nonetheless they did today.
During team drills, Derek Anderson struggled to find an open receiver to throw to for an extended period of time. Typically when this happens, the Carolina Panthers defense will let up and allow the quarterback to make a throw. Apparently, corner Captain Munnerlyn had different plans.
Instead of giving Anderson room to throw, Munnerlyn smothered Anderson giving him no room to move. The play ended with a frustrated Anderson throwing the ball at the feet of Munnerlyn.
Words were exchanged, shoves were given by both sides, and arms begin flailing as the two exchanged not-so-pleasantries with one another. Teammates quickly grabbed the two and pulled them away as they continued to talk to one another in not so nice terms.
Long time Carolina Panthers fans know the fire Captain Munnerlyn is known for. Though small in stature, he makes up for it in aggression. Munnerlyn didn’t get to be the player he is today by playing nice. Often times the smallest player on the football field has the biggest chip on his shoulder.
It seems Munnerlyn could bring a bite to the Panthers secondary that was missing last season. This should be a welcome development for all Panthers fans. If today is any indication, we may have a very entertaining training camp to look forward to.