Carolina Panthers Training Camp Update
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.
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.
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.
The offensive line remains my biggest concern. I have to think Gettleman is on the phone and the wire daily.
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.
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.
Greg Olsen is far and away our best Tight End. I am struggling to find something about the other guys worth mentioning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is some good news regarding the offensive line. They were able to open up some pretty big holes today for the running backs.
The offensive line a few times had a hard time containing Star. Jeff Byers here isn't showing effective technique I don't think.
I like Lafell's LSU shoes and gloves. I don't like our secondary being abused by them.
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.
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.
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.
There is your camp update for 7-29-13.