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Carolina Panthers Training Camp Update

Jul 30 2013 01:32 PM Zod Carolina Panthers
Greetings from Spartanburg, where the chicken is always fried and the sweet tea runs like the river Nile. Today was a very spirited and competitive camp. If you are a fan of defensive football, it was awesome. If you are a fan of offensive football... not so much.

The day started with a gladiator type competition between the defensive and offensive units. The guys really got into it, with Cam being the ring leader. There was plenty of trash talk as 3 OL and 3 DL lined up and went at it in the middle of a player circle. Here is Cam jumping around and getting his unit hyped up.
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Steve Smith was not in pads today, but his presence was still felt. He seems to have more of a bond with Lafell this year.
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There was a great pass blocking drill, defensive players vs offensive players (RBs and TEs). This is a crucial drill to keep Cam injury free. Captain Munnerlyn lined up against Deangelo Williams and Captain absolutely blew DWill up. This got the defense pumped and a loud "You asked for it and you got it" was heard. Captain continued to jaw DWill a bit to make sure he got the point.
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Barner had mixed results in this drill, but seemed to improve as it developed. He was able to hold his own against Luke. Between Barner running low and now showing blocking improvement, he may be the most coachable rookie on the field.
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The run offense was able to create a few holes again for the guys to go through.
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But unfortunately for Armond Smith, the D was able to strip the ball and recover his fumble. Credit Ben Jacobs with the strip.
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One thing about Luke Kuechly that has contributed to his quick success, is how many questions he asks. He isn't afraid to stop a drill and seek advice the coach or Thomas Davis. This is something I think a lot of young players don't understand. The coaches do not expect you to know everything, and the fact that you are asking relevant and intelligent questions would only impress them.
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Captain Munnerlyn jumped an Armanti Edwards route and made a really nice interception. Cam was off target and Captain took advantage. I don't think there was much Armanti could have done to prevent it, just a great heads up play by Captain.
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I saw A LOT of this today. See Luke near Cam and slowing up? Thats a sack. If Luke was allowed to stay at full speed his arms would be around Cam by the time this frame is taken.
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I saw a lot of this today as well. Cam not following through on passes, bad form when he did have the room to put everything into the throw and stepping into it.
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Hixon made some nice grabs today, I feel his stock is rising. We need this 8 year vet to show some leadership to the other young guys when Smitty is not there.
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The defense made some very nice plays today in pass defense. Here Russell grabs an interception. He came down with it clean. Could be a decent safety prospect.
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Brandon Williams is starting to get some notice. He had some nice grabs today.
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This picture is guaranteed to drive you crazy. Want to give up an easy TD? How about having Fua and Nak in the mix.
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Cam did have a rough day today. DWill gave him some words of encouragement after practice. Better to get this stuff out of your system and fixed now as opposed to a month from now. This is what training camp is all about.
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Thats it for today folks. No camp tomorrow, but I shall be back at it on Thursday.

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These threads are awesome Zod.

Holy hell Brandon Williams. Dude is JACKED.

Holy hell Brandon Williams. Dude is JACKED.

 

i'm curious to see what he looks like after working with pro-level trainers for a couple years.

Why isn't Fua just automatically cut

Tired arm leads to bad form no matter the sport. 

 

His feet must have been tired to. He had pretty poor footwork all day.

Cam has tired feet?

 

Luke better give Cam's Segway back.

Tired arm leads to bad form no matter the sport. 

 

 

Soccer?

Not sure what to think of our run defense when I see that our suspect oline is opening up big holes

I think we as Carolina Panther fans have the best, most in touch, real, fan experience than any of the other 31 teams. Thanks to Zod for his pure dedication to his site, team, and great photography.

 

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Zod is the man.
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Oh I met Razeyfingers today. He got a seat in the VIP area. He probably got an autograph or two as well.

And you showed him your "jazzhands" in return.  Sexay.

Not sure what to think of our run defense when I see that our suspect oline is opening up big holes


With two stud rookies at DT we can only assume it will improve each week. I can't tell you how excited I am for this defense.

God I hope Williams can stay healthy. 

Brandon Williams' hands are Gronk-like. Those are some real bear paws.

WE. NEED. BRANDON. WILLIAMS.

Williams really has broken away from the TE pack a bit. Might be why they felt comfortable letting Rosario go today.

Please don't make me cum! Finally a red zone target. Get him the "jump ball" like Ryan to Gonzo, Brady to Gronk or Brees to Graham and we are golden!

Williams really has broken away from the TE pack a bit. Might be why they felt comfortable letting Rosario go today.

 

Do you legitimately think he can be an answer at #2 TE? Can he be a weapon? Do you think he's anywhere close to the talent of Greg Olsen?

Do you legitimately think he can be an answer at #2 TE? Can he be a weapon? Do you think he's anywhere close to the talent of Greg Olsen?

 

I definitely think he can be a #2 TE. He did really well in blocking drills today for pass protection. Will start a new thread on it.

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carolina-chuck
Jul 30 2013 06:45 PM

I saw a lot of this today as well. Cam not following through on passes, bad form when he did have the room to put everything into the throw and stepping into it.

This is something that have worried me since day 1. Cam really needs to step it up and improve in some areas especially this. By now, you would expect Cam to have become a much better passer but he depends too much on his athleticism. Like you mentioned, not following through, bad form, throwing off the wrong foot, etc. He has to show that he's a "coachable" player i.e. Kuechly. If he doesn't improve, we're going to see some more bad passes like the one vs. Seattle.

I love these training camp updates with great photos, Zod! Keep up the fantastic work!

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This is something that have worried me since day 1. Cam really needs to step it up and improve in some areas especially this. By now, you would expect Cam to have become a much better passer but he depends too much on his athleticism. Like you mentioned, not following through, bad form, throwing off the wrong foot, etc. He has to show that he's a "coachable" player i.e. Kuechly. If he doesn't improve, we're going to see some more bad passes like the one vs. Seattle.

 

Heh I think Cam has more than proven he's coachable.

 

The bad pass in the Seattle game was a fluke.  His accuracy has room to grow for sure, but his passes are almost never dirt balls or short like that one, and not often off target to the side either.  When they're off it's usually by being a foot or two too high.  So, I disagree that we're going to see more bad passes like the one vs Seattle regardless of what he does.  That one was a fluke.

 

What will help his "accuracy" even more is if we get more taller receivers (like Hunter in this past draft, or letting Gettis develop) instead of drafting a midget receiver every year (AE, Pilares, Adams).  They need to stop looking for the next Smitty (cuz it ain't happening) and start looking for the next Moose or a Bowe type (like they were when they took Lafell and Gettis.)

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carolina-chuck
Jul 30 2013 08:18 PM

Heh I think Cam has more than proven he's coachable.

The bad pass in the Seattle game was a fluke. His accuracy has room to grow for sure, but his passes are almost never dirt balls or short like that one, and not often off target to the side either. When they're off it's usually by being a foot or two too high. So, I disagree that we're going to see more bad passes like the one vs Seattle regardless of what he does. That one was a fluke.

What will help his "accuracy" even more is if we get more taller receivers (like Hunter in this past draft, or letting Gettis develop) instead of drafting a midget receiver every year (AE, Pilares, Adams). They need to stop looking for the next Smitty (cuz it ain't happening) and start looking for the next Moose or a Bowe type (like they were when they took Lafell and Gettis.)

I'm not questioning his accuracy or passes. I'm just worried about the little stuffs like I said: form, follow through and throwing off the right foot. Seen too many times where he gotten lucky by his natural abilities. Too many times he gotten by that throwing off the wrong foot. Those are little things that Cam has to improve on. Those are things that even a guy like Peyton Manning still find ways to improve at. Those are things that make a Peyton Manning a Peyton Manning, a Drew Brees a Drew Brees, Tom Brady a Tom Brady, etc.

And I wouldn't start arguing accuracy with "taller" receivers. That's sort of a ridiculous statement. There's no such things as good/bad accuracy with "midget"/giant receivers. Look at Seattle; short QB + short WRs.
Well this thread officially stinks now that Chuck has spewed his mouth diarrhea all over the place.

Not trying to sound like a know-it-all, even if applicable, but the one thing all players have in common in the fourth quarter is fatigue.  You have to maintain fundamentals even when you are tired.  When did the Panthers blow leads last year?  I am pretty sure the fourth quarter is the answer to my rhetorical inquiry.