Shaq Thompson has come on strong and is now getting many reps with the first string defense. He seems especially effective on the delayed blitzes where his speed is causing fits for the offensive line. It may be a while before the game slows down for him, but all signs right now are positive.
Daryl Williams took first string snaps today, filling in for Mike Remmers who was playing center (Ryan Kalil had the day off). Williams looks stout in run blocking and is able to get a real push against the Panthers starting defensive line. Improvements can be made in pass protection, espescially against speedier defensive ends.
Rookie receiver Devin Funchess started camp off slow, but has begun to come on strong as of late. He made multiple catches today in team drills. His route running may be his weakest point, which was a known when the Panthers drafted him. Cuts and turns could be sharper. Funchess does display excellent hands and athletic ability.
Cameron Artis-Payne is doing all he can to move up the depth chart. Payne impressed in goal line drills today when the play was designed as a run to the left, but instead he saw an open hole and cut it back quickly to the inside for the touchdown. He showed excellent vision and burst. Improvements still need to be made in pass protection if he is to get any real playing time, however. If you cannot pass protect as a running back on the Panthers, you won't see many snaps.