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Training Camp Wrapup - August 6

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#1 Jeremy Igo

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:04 PM

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Today was another practice without full pads, so the action was relatively light. Still, I was able to capture some interesting things.

 

Mike Tolbert and Frank Alexander noticed me early and mugged a little for the camera. I hear the guys have been enjoying my camp coverage, which is nice.

 

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Nate Chandler was back in action today with a noticeable brace on his right knee.

 

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This is a scary omen for Panthers fans. Nate Chandler needs to remain healthy this season. I feel there is a huge step down in talent from Chandler to Garry Williams, who would take over his starting role should he not be able to play.

 

Though he is the receivers coach, Ricky Proehl is also helping to develop the punt returners. Who is more qualified on the team in teaching the intricacies of catching and running with the ball? He gave Kenjon Barner some extra attention today. Spending time with Proehl will only make Barner a more complete player. Proehl gains instant respect from the players as a former NFL star himself.

 

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During Passing drills Pilares was once again making plays. Pilares is also returning kicks. I don't have him on my first mock roster, but I certainly would not be shocked if he winds up with a locker.

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Brenton Bersin also had a solid day today both in individual and team drills. You don't hear as much about Bersin these days, but that is not because he isn't performing well, but because it is no longer a shock that he is performing well. When the media is bored with your solid play, it means you have arrived.

 

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I was sure to pay attention to AJ Klein in coverage today, and I liked what I saw. AJ has a nice quick burst and turns his hips well, not often out of place. Solid fundamentals from the second year player.

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Today featured the most complete kickoff return drills of the camp. It was more of a dress rehearsal. Jordan Gay was given a shot at kicking the ball off. The Panthers will often pick up an extra kicker to save the leg of the starter for when it counts.

 

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I am fairly certain Ricky Proehl understands what a gem he has to work with in Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin is the first elite prospect that Ricky has had to mold. In many ways Proehl will be judged on Benjamin's development.

 

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Sometimes I think Cam wears his clothing in such a way, as if to just dare someone in the media to comment on it....

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no comment.

 

Kelvin Benjamin got his first real taste of being jammed at the line today, and Josh Norman did a nice job of frustrating Kelvin. Kelvin can improve his hands at the line, not allowing receivers to grip him and take him off his route. These fine details of the game are rarely mastered by a rookie.

 

There isn't a more aggressive or less intimidated player pound for pound than Josh Norman. Part of me hope he makes it on the field again mainly because his trash talk it top notch. The fact that he smiles while informing you how awful you are only makes me like him more.

 

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Philly Brown had a great day today including a long TD where he burned by Robert Lester. Lester could not catch Philly once he was beaten.

 

Bene Benwikere, however, could.

 

Benwikere was also beaten by Philly Brown early on a deep fade...

 

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The difference is that Benwikere has the closing speed and athleticism to catch up and make a play for the ball, causing the incompletion.

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After practice, Cam Newton once again got in some extra time with his new receivers under the careful eye of offensive coordinator Mike Shula. Cam and all of the other QBs have done this every day of camp.

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In fact, the quarterbacks consider themselve members of a special club, complete with a secret handshake.

 

They are the wolfpack.

 

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#2 KillerKat

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:08 PM

It would be awesome if Bene could start at safety.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:09 PM

Hope kelvin gets more practice with Norman and Melvin pressing him at the line.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:11 PM

Man if Josh can actually put it all together this season I'm stoked. He has what it takes to get into the mind of WRs. 



#5 MadHatter

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

Great update Jeremy.

 

Glad you brought up the comment about KB getting off the line.  I really think this is going to be the real challenge he has as a WR early this season.  He has shown that once he is in his route, he has great hands and can go up and ****** the ball.  Getting off the line cleanly is extremely difficult in the NFL and is usually something that college WR's did not have to deal with nearly as much.

 

Will be interested to watch this closely during the preseason games.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:15 PM

Have you spotted the new passing game coordinator that everyone was excited about during the offseason?  Cant remember his name at the moment.

 

Edit: Ramsdell


Edited by firstdayfan, 06 August 2014 - 04:17 PM.


#7 Porn Shop Clerk

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:15 PM

proehl looks like he could still play the slot without breaking a sweat



#8 DecrypticShadow

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:18 PM

Pound4Pound the best Training Camp write-ups this season... No Bullshit!



#9 WhoAmI?

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:24 PM

I am so excited to see what Bersin will do on Friday. Also, I hope Josh Norman puts it all together this season because I really think he can be something special. Great writeup! I always have a blast reading these!



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:24 PM

Easily the best coverage of camp available.

 

Voth does a great job, but this can't be touched.



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

It would be awesome if Bene could start at safety.

seems like that might be a waste of his man coverage and pursuit skills



#12 TheRed

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:35 PM

You've been doing a fantastic job, much appreciated sir.



#13 PizzaTheHutt

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:39 PM

it's great to know that the players are taking notice of your hard work, Zod. I wonder how many of them read these wrap ups....hell if nothing else they have to dig the pictures, you've got an eye for the "action shot"....

 

 

....and yes, that's what she said :)



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:54 PM

Great work as always. Thanks for taking the time to do this kind of stuff.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:54 PM

These write ups have been the most satisfying part of the training camp. I think you might be onto something Zod. You're about to change the game of training camp reviews altogether.


Edited by iBBB, 06 August 2014 - 05:16 PM.




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