Steve Smith to play Thursday, and other notes

Carolina Panthers' fans will get their first look at the Cam Newton/Steve Smith connection this Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Thus far Smith has been limited by injury, but he he is ready to play this week giving the team a chance to work outside of training camp. The following Tweets are from Fox reporter Kelli Bartik

Kelli Bartik
#Panthers WR Steve Smith says he'll play Thurs @ Cincinnati, says today's practice was the best so far on offense...'all cylinders'

More after the jump

Kelli Bartik
Cam, Smitty and a few other WRs including Wallace Wright stayed after practice to put some extra time in running routes. Otah in uniform

Emphasis mine, but it is huge to think that Jeff Otah will actually be ready to go this week. There was definitely an air of concern surrounding Otah as we wondered if he would miss yet another game. Also, it's quite telling that Newton and the WRs stuck around, but not Jimmy Clausen; it would be nice to see him trying to keep the competition closer, after all Newton's not the official starter for the season opener. 

Kelli Bartik
With all of the new plays the #Panthers have installed on offense, Steve Smith said he's been studying 'college style' using flash cards

A year ago we teased Jimmy Clausen for using flash cards... personally, I'm not saying anything to Smitty.

 

Also some notes from Steve Reed: 

Steve Reed
Panthers MLB Dan Connor said he's preparing as if he'll be the starter on opening day. Beason is still out with Achilles tendinitis.

Hopefully this doesn't drag on for Beason.

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