The Panthers recently picked up a familiar training camp name, Marcus Lucas. Lucas transitioned to tight end from receiver last year. This year he looks more the part, having gained plenty of muscle.
Andrew Norwell and Trai Turner are now entering their third year. This is the year many offensive line players start to come into their own. Considering their outstanding play over the past two seasons, it is hard to imagine they have yet to hit their ceiling.
Cam Newton was sporting a new headband this morning.
Instead of the typical elastic type, this one ties at the back. This is the kind of hard hitting journalism you have grown to expect from this site.
Also.... Newton still goofs off a bit in drills, a disappointment to anyone hoping for a more solemn Cam Newton after the Superbowl loss.
Wide receiver Stephen Hill showed up with a new mouthpiece and new abilities. Hill caught the ball very well, something he struggled with in the past. I did not personally see one drop from him on the day, when last year there were multiple every practice.
GM Dave Gettleman attended practice despite having knee surgery recently. Gettleman had no brace, but did have a cane.
Bene Benwikere did not practice with the team. He is recovering from a fractured leg still. However, he was catching balls on the sideline after practice. This was a very promising sign.
Rookie nickel Zack Sanchez also stayed to catch a few balls and spending time around Bene. This could only help Sanchez's development.
The last person off of the field was none other than Stephen Hill. He spent more time catching passes and talking to coaches than any other receiver. Read into that what you will.
- Kurt Coleman and Tre Boston were the starting safeties most of the day, with Coleman actually playing the strong safety position frequently. This is something to keep an eye on.
- James Bradberry and Robert McClain started at corner for the most amount of time. However, many different combinations were used throughout the day. Everyone is getting a look. It appears to be truly an open competition.
- Brenton Bersin continues to make play after play after play across the middle. He may have been the best receiver on the field today. Haters, continue hating.
- Daryl Williams and Mike Remmers split time at starting right tackle. This is one of the more intriguing camp competitions to watch this year.
- Receiver Norwood had a nice grab today over Robert MClain. There is a serious logjam for that 5th receiver position, and it won't be getting loosened up any time soon. The decision will likely come down to the 4th preseason game.
- The running back pecking order has not changed since last season. Artis-Payne and Wegher both appear to have their work cut out for them again behind Stewart, Whitaker and Tolbert.