Here are some of my training camp observations from Saturday for what its worth:
I was really surprised with the set-up the Panthers had and the amount of people in attendance. I arrived at 5:30pm and yet they were already having to create additional parking on the grass and most of the bleachers were already filled. Luckily I was able to shuffle down and get some great seats along with capturing some pretty good video's of a few Panthers
The crowd was very quite but once CMC came onto the field the energy completely changed. There is no doubt that CMC currently, is the leader of the Panthers. I was fortunate enough to see the RB drills from up close and CMC's footwork is unmatched, and quite honestly ridiculous. His cuts, the way he moves in and out of cones, ladder drills, his center of gravity, is on another level and there is not a close second. His ankle and body seemed great and I noticed no hitch or half speed reps. He was 100%. Chubba was built NOT AT ALL like I thought. He is taller, slimmer than CMC but made a few good runs and catches out of the backfield. IMO he seems primed to take the RB2 spot. Cant wait to see what he looks like after he builds more muscle and fills out.
Taylor Moton is HUGGGEEEEE! No doubt built like you would want your LT to be built and surprisingly enough Christensen passed the eye test as well. Both of these dudes "towered" over the others and when watching O-Line drills both immediately stood out to me. Moton is seemed to be the leader of that group being first off the line to do drills and was just "smoother" than everyone else.
DJ Moore from last night is Darnold's favorite target. Of course you would think Robby would be his go-to-guy but DJ is a DOG! His routes are crisp, he was one of the only receivers last night that I saw, who didn't drop a ball and his energy and smile is infectious. Robby looked ok, he had that great catch that everyone posted but also dropped a easy throw by Darnold that would've been 20 yard completion. Kirkwood looked great and caught a ball thrown behind him. But Terrance Marshall is surprising.....his physique really surprised me, I was thinking a build like Robby's but he is every bit of Muhammad 2.0. He is already the biggest WR on the team. He almost made a great snag from a ball thrown behind him...
Terrance Marshall .mp4
Darnold made more good throws than bad, with the bad being few and far between. He seemed to really go throw his progressions lighting quick, and dumped the ball down quite a lot. I was really hoping to see him air it out more but never really got to see it. CMC and DJ got a lot of touches from Darnold with the first group as they should.
darnold check down to cmc.mp4
Defense was hard to judge outside of the Corner group. Hard to tell with the lineman and LBs so Burns, Shaq, etc. really never flashed for me since the contact for them was relatively light. But I do think I got some really great looks a Jaycee Horn, who I was most excited to see. Unfortunately last night he seemed REALLY HANDSY. You can see in the two videos he was beat both times and I could see both of those being called for DPI. Of course take it with a grain of salt, its one practice, among many more. He is LONG, aggressive and much bigger than DJACK and Bouye and I love that.
Jaycee Horn 1.mp4
Jaycee Horn 2.mp4
AJ had a chance to pick Darnold and if you watch the video below you can see he took a terrible route to the ball that could have easily been picked off.
AJ Bouye bad route.mp4
Overall I really liked what I saw from some of our younger guys. Jaycee, Marshall, Christensen, Hubbard I think are going to be starters or vital role guys before long. Tremble dropped one pass thrown by him and didn't see much out of him afterwards. PJ is MILES ahead of Grier, at this point I don't see Grier making the roster. His reads were slow and he never made much happen. PJ just opens up the offense and is more apt to make something happen, good or bad, he will stretch the field, run around, its fun watching him play. Arnold made a few good catches out of the TE group was relatively quiet most of the night.