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Carolina Panthers Training Camp Update

Jul 29 2013 01:26 PM Zod Carolina Panthers
Really good practice today at Wofford. The weather wasn't to hot, and the mosquitoes were manageable.

When I arrived Star Lotulelei was getting some one on one mentoring from a defensive coach. He was fine tuning his hand placement and shedding blocks. Star appears to be self motivated and a student of the game. These two things are as important as his physical traits, if not more so.
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Luke Kuechly stopped on the way in to sign a few autographs. The fans love this guy. Luke appears to go to the kids first for autographs, as he should.
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Rivera lit a fire under the team today. He apparently wanted a more uptempo practice. Very little time was taken between snaps, sometimes not even allowing players to leave the field after their rotation.
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The offensive line remains my biggest concern. I have to think Gettleman is on the phone and the wire daily.
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Cam continues to have his best camp yet. He is clowning around less, and showing more leadership. I think he may be maturing a bit.
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Barner is a shifty guy. He is 5'9 which isn't very short, but he runs much lower than that. He disappears easily behind the offensive line and gives the defensive players only shoulder pads and legs to grab on to. Good stuff.
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Greg Olsen is far and away our best Tight End. I am struggling to find something about the other guys worth mentioning.
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Gettis had an up and down day. While he did ok in individual drills, he had some drops when being defended. He is also very slow to get up after hitting the ground. I just don't know if this guy has the grit needed for the NFL.
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The good news is Brandon Lafell is having his best camp so far. He is catching everything near him and following it through with YACs.
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You just can't help but pull for Pilares. That guy gives it everything he has on every play. He just needs to improve his consistency with positive results.
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For some reason Armond Smith did a TD "point to the sky" move during a typical routine drill. Made me laugh, don't know why.
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There is some good news regarding the offensive line. They were able to open up some pretty big holes today for the running backs.
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The offensive line a few times had a hard time containing Star. Jeff Byers here isn't showing effective technique I don't think.
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I like Lafell's LSU shoes and gloves. I don't like our secondary being abused by them.
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Jerry RIchardson and Jerry West. I am pretty pumped up that I got to meet West. My dad, who is from WV, will be more pumped up.
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Blackburn saw time today with the starting LB's. He is listed at 6'3 but seems much taller than that. He also has a great motor and is vocal on the field.
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Ginn and HIxon's stock was on the rise today. Both made some really nice grabs under tight coverage. They may be pulling away from the pack. Armanti had a nice touchdown catch, but I notified him that he only had one foot in bounds. He laughed a bit.
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There is your camp update for 7-29-13.

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Good pictures, come on football! Can't wait for August 9th. Preseason football is better than no football.

Nice pic of West and Richardson.

 

Nice quote from West on Cam

 

 

 

“He’s not quite big enough to be a power forward,’’ West said. “He’s a really nice kid and I think his best years are ahead of him. Obviously, Mr. Richardson thinks the world of him. It’s up to him at this period of his life to grow as a player and make everyone around him better. I think he’s going to be the type of player that everyone anticipates he’s going to be and lead this team to really a lot higher level.’’

 

 

Good to hear the o-line had a better day as well.

The offensive line a few times had a hard time containing Star. Jeff Byers here isn't showing effective technique I don't think.

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Sadly that's Silatolu. :(

Thanks for another great write up. Keep em coming!

so is that the second time star has put amini on the ground?

 

2-1 Star

Sadly that's Silatolu. :(

 

Thanks, fixed.

good stuff. did the oline open up holes in just the hurry up period or was it throughout? it seemed from the tweets that it wasn't until they practiced with the hurry up O that they looked good against the defense.

so is that the second time star has put amini on the ground?

 

2-1 Star

 

Amini is a powerful SOB. His problems last year were not physical, they were mental. When he knew his assignment, he was a beast and often manhandled vet defenders.

 

If Star is consistently putting Amini on the ground... watch the F*** out!

Good to see some different pics..... Barner is gonna be the steal of the draft.

Death Star knocking down Amini like that is exciting.

#KaijuMode

interezting about barner running low. that seemed to be one of the biggest criticisms of him from people after watching highlights.

Love it Zod!

 

Thanks as always!!

OL remains my biggest worry as well.

That said, it won't surprise me if the team waits until week two to sign veteran help (saves money because you don't have to guarantee the full salary).

And again, nice work Zod.
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carolina-chuck
Jul 29 2013 01:51 PM
Well, two straight days now that I've seen pix of AMINI kneeling down to STAR.

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With the visor Luke looks eerily similar to another tackling machine we had not too long ago.

So who wants to be the one to tell Star that mullets are lame? Anyone?....... Me neither.

OL remains my biggest worry as well.

That said, it won't surprise me if the team waits until week two to sign veteran help (saves money because you don't have to guarantee the full salary).

And again, nice work Zod.

 

Going against a Solid D-line everyday will help improve the O-line. 

Once Kugbila returns and settles into training camp we should see a great improvement.

Steve Smith signing autographs for Panthers Pals. It was a great day for the kids. Cam Newton requested they all go inside to meet him and get his autograph, too! The kids had a blast!

 

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I can't wait, Im gonna be heading down there Thrusday from Raleigh, first time at camp!

Steve Smith signing autographs for Panthers Pals. It was a great day for the kids. Cam Newton requested they all go inside to meet him and get his autograph, too! The kids had a blast!

 

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How hard is it to get your kid in the Panther Pals? I'm taking my 6 year old down with me tomorrow and this would make his year.

Going against a Solid D-line everyday will help improve the O-line.
Once Kugbila returns and settles into training camp we should see a great improvement.


Agree that will help. Still not convinced we will keep the current lineup.

Interesting comment (I agree 100%) about Cam's maturity.  It is noticeable and it was needed.  So many people on here got mad and had hissy fits when I suggested (last year) that he needed to grow up.  Some held their breath in protest, while others trashed their parents' basement. 

 

I honestly believe that Cam is the reason we have not been repeating as a 2-14 team.  An immature Cam has been good for 4 wins a season, maybe 5.  A mature Cam who is a leader could get us to the playoffs. 

I can't wait, Im gonna be heading down there Thrusday from Raleigh, first time at camp!

Take a hat, bug spray, and binoculars. Have fun.

Anything about Smith?

 

Not sure why, but this is bothering me a bit.