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Carolina Panthers Training Camp Update

Aug 02 2013 06:42 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Hello everyone, and welcome to this edition of the Carolina Huddle Training Camp Update.

While walking to the field, I noticed the black and white striped of NFL officials. I wasn't the only one that noticed them. Mike Mitchell, who looks like he may be a starting safety, shows a veteran move and starts making nice with the officials right away. Thats how its done, young fellas. You need those guys on your side.
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I spotted a new drill I had not seen before for the linebackers. It looked like a drill for the eyes. The players didn't touch the ball, they just practiced watching it and tracking it to the ground.
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I know many of you are counting Jon Beason out, but I'm not. Big Beas was in good spirits at practice and still providing that veteran leadership to the defense.
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Then in a surprise move, David Gettleman had all the players stop practice and search for more salary cap room...
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I kept a close on on new starter Garry Williams and am happy to report he held up well. There was no drop off in run blocking and there may have been a slight improvement in pass protection.
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Cam had more time to throw, which allowed him to show better technique out there. He had a much better day than Tuesday.
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The linebacking corps had a solid day in pass coverage. Luke Kuechly broke up a pass to Greg Olsen. Luke has shown real improvement in his pass coverage. If he can excel in that area, he may be the most complete linebacker in the league.
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Rookie linebacker AJ Klein had a really nice deflection on a ball intended for Kenjon Barner. Klein has the closing speed needed to cover some of the shiftier backs. Klein will make the team and see time on special teams.
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After a short rain delay, the sun came out and it got hot. I mean real hot. So hot that a water bottle is no longer meant only for your mouth.
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Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott takes a hands-on approach to the defensive drills, making corrections and taking time to explain the play further.
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I have heard rumblings from fans that Derek Anderson may lose his second string spot, but I just don't see that happening. Anderson is having a great camp. He may even be having a better camp than Cam Newton, although against a second and third string defense.
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It was a productive day for the Panthers tight ends. Greg OIsen, Ben Hartsock, and Brandon Williams all had nice catches. Brandon Williams caught a pass on a crossing route and rumbled into the end zone. Cam Newton yelled "YOU DON'T WANT NO THIGHS FOR DINNER!" to put an exclamation point on the play while eluding to Brandon's physique.
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Steve Smith worked the slot most of the day, covered by nickel back Captain Munnerlyn. Smith won the battle, making catch after catch. There was even an "after catch ball spin", a Smitty hallmark.
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I know I have said it before, but it really is pretty amazing how Kenjon Barner has corrected his biggest flaw so quickly. I can't recall a rookie that has progressed so fast. Kenjon is running low, and following his blockers as well as any running back on the team.
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I've seen Derek Anderson throw many shuffle passes this year. I am not sure if that is a planned thing, or just a Derek improvisation. Either way, it has been working.
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Overall is was an upbeat practice where the offense was more productive. This is great news for those doubting Garry Williams can fill in for the recently released Geoff Hangartner.

Panthers whose stock is rising:

- Tedd Ginn - Looks to be our kick returner. A sure way to earn a roster spot.
- Armanti Edwards - Even as a critic of Armanti, I must admit he is having a great camp
- Armond Smith - He had a terrible fumble earlier in the week, but his speed out of the backfield on passing downs is something to behold. No linebacker has a chance.

Panthers whose stock is falling:
- David Gettis - now seeing playing time only with the third and fourth strings.
- Haruki Nakamura - His neck tackle of Barner yesterday was almost a horse collar. If you can't control yourself in camp going half speed...well...


Thats it for this edition of Camp Update! I will be on the field at fan fest and will report back Saturday.

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Outstanding work Z.

as usual great pics and captions

Thanks for the picture story breakdown I really can't wait for next week to get here, I know its only preseason but I really want to see what this team is going to do going up against some one else. And I really want to see who wants to make the team.

Zod has stepped his game up this year, that's for sure.

Thank you for the update. I am glad to hear that the Williams (both Garry and Brandon) are handling business . Nakumura I think is gone he playing desperate to horse collar a teammate in training camp. Too bad about Gettis hopefully he can show some flash in preseason games.

FredLane4Ever
Aug 02 2013 07:07 AM
Awesome
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Jackofalltrades
Aug 02 2013 07:14 AM

This is the type of content that no other site offers. This is the type of content that makes putting up with the morons worth it.

 

Great write up, awesome pics as usual and thank you very much!

I lol'd at the salary cap joke. Cleaver sir... very cleaver. Excellent work as well
Great info man! Love the pictures!

Stupid question.

 

Why do a lot of our players wear the black visor under their helmet?

 

I think it would be harder to see the ball in a darker visor. Maybe they are just doing it for the style.

Dang if you'd add a couple pics of the hot chick I saw at camp last summer, I wouldn't have to go back down to Terrier Town this year.

 

 

When I see an update of this quality it makes me realize how piss poor our Panther's reporters are. Very well done Zod.

exactly what i needed to hear about garry williams. still think we need help on that right side and we definitely need more depth there, but i'm not really dreading him starting. is the DL going all out on him? i'm assuming he was facing dwan and kk predominately. was he getting a lot of help there?

 

overall, great update. that first picture made me laugh looking at josh norman standing there like a little kid seeing his first frog. "wow what is this thing? black and white stripes and shorts? it talks? is it safe to touch? mitchell is. i better see if he gets his hand back."

 

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armond smith is an interesting prospect. i don't think he makes the team ahead of barner. what do we do with him? it's obvious he has talents that could help somehow. i have this feeling that we'll end up with one less WR than many anticipate so that we can keep armond around. that means one or both of gettis and pilares (the ones that are probably the most on the bubble) will be gone.
 
i think on offense on the 53 it's gonna be something like this...
9 on the OL (gross, silatolu, kalil, garry, bell, kugbilla, and 3 others...1 or 2 of which aren't on the team yet)
cam+DA
olsen, brandon williams, brockel
tolbert
stewart, dwill, barner, armond
smitty, lafell, ginn, hixon, AE, adams

Again, this stuff is fantastic Zod.

exactly what i needed to hear about garry williams. still think we need help on that right side and we definitely need more depth there, but i'm not really dreading him starting. is the DL going all out on him? i'm assuming he was facing dwan and kk predominately. was he getting a lot of help there?

overall, great update. that first picture made me laugh looking at josh norman standing there like a little kid seeing his first frog. "wow what is this thing? black and white stripes and shorts? it talks? is it safe to touch? mitchell is. i better see if he gets his hand back."

armond smith is an interesting prospect. i don't think he makes the team ahead of barner. what do we do with him? it's obvious he has talents that could help somehow. i have this feeling that we'll end up with one less WR than many anticipate so that we can keep armond around. that means one or both of gettis and pilares (the ones that are probably the most on the bubble) will be gone.

i think on offense on the 53 it's gonna be something like this...
9 on the OL (gross, silatolu, kalil, garry, bell, kugbilla, and 3 others...1 or 2 of which aren't on the team yet)
cam+DA
olsen, brandon williams, brockel
tolbert
stewart, dwill, barner, armond
smitty, lafell, ginn, hixon, AE, adams



We have Tolbert, Barner, and Smith... looks like fans should be happy to say goodbye to a few other RBs held on a pedestal .... when the time comes that our cap doesn't get abused...

You down there today?

 

Jim Celania said there was a photographer walking around that looked like a smaller version of Luke Kuechly. I loled.

Nah, not me. I am taking the day off. I'll be at fanfest tomorrow.

This is the type of content that makes putting up with the morons worth it.

 

I take umbrage to that sir!

 

er...uh, I mean I agree 100%!!

Thanks for this and all the tweets this week, Zod.  Much appreciated.

awesome as usual. thanks zod

How is Joe Adams doing?  I have not heard much about him.  Is he still having trouble securing the ball?  How does he look as a receiver?

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Jackofalltrades
Aug 02 2013 09:03 AM

Zod- are you going to do a themed thread like last year's Marvel one?

 

That was legendary- I've been thinking forward to this year's since then.

Solid updates good sir.  Much appreciated. 

Thanks man.  Good stuff.

 

Is Armond eligible for PS?  Anyone know?

 

This is the type of content that no other site offers. This is the type of content that makes putting up with the morons worth it.

Great write up, awesome pics as usual and thank you very much!


What he said. Awesome stuff, Zod.