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Vernon Butler First Impressions

Jeremy Igo

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3 hours ago, Jeremy Igo said:

The 2016 Carolina Panthers rookie camp has finally arrived. 

The first practice consisted of light drills and installs where players are taught their roles and responsibilities in the Panthers schemes. The key for these rookies, and the difference between making and not making the squad, will be how well they retain and execute what they learned. 

Vernon Butler, the first round pick, of course got most of the media attention. Here is what I noticed about the big fella....

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Butler isn't all that tall, but that is not necessarily a disadvantage at his position. Afterall, Warren Sapp was the same playing height. Sometimes a lower center of gravity is a good thing if it can be worked as an advantage. 

I was impressed with Butler's speed off the snap. His feet move more like a defensive end than a defensive tackle. Notice how much ahead of the other guys he is here. That is what makes a first round pick a first round pick. 

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Of course, it is difficult to say much else about Butler at this point. With no contact being allowed his speed and agility in drills are the only things to take notice of. 

Off the field, Butler is a very likable character and spend quite a bit of time speaking with the media. For a rookie is as outgoing and personable as I have met. 

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More from today's practice 

General Notes and Photos from Practice 1 -> http://bit.ly/24Qo88J

Enter Sandland -> http://bit.ly/2257dO9



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just saying...


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