Panthers Training Camp Day 2 Notes & Observations

Jul 28, 2012; Spartanburg, SC USA. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Joe Adams (15) jogs up the field during the training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

As promised here are my notes from the Panthers 2nd practice of the 2012 training camp. For some of this in the interest of time I've just put jersey numbers.

  • After warm-ups they started with All 22 special team kick off drills. Returning kick offs was Pilares, Joe Adams and Avila. They then broke into position drills. I was closest to the special teams blocking drills so here are the players that appear in line to work on receiving kick protection:
  • ST kick return protection, players competing: Applewhite/42/82/Keiser/53/85/29/33/35/49/43/80
  • I also watched Nortman and Harris practice taking snaps from the jugs machine and placing them for a FG. They seemed to do it well enough that I could tell
  • I then noticed the QB-WR drills on the far field so I headed over there. This was the session mentioned earlier by others where LaFell missed a ball. All three QBs threw the ball it wasn't really hard for the wide receivers as long as they hustled down to the corner. Of course by the time I got over there after fighting through the crowd I say four plays and the whistle blew:
    • LaFell very nice back shoulder catch down the left sideline
    • Edwards had a very strong catch down the middle of the field
    • Green dropped a deep pass
    • Ajirotutu dropped a pass (this was not the one from Clausen mentioned in other posts)
  • They then went through the All 22 FG drill where Medlock was lights out on 7 of 8. Please know that even on the 50 yarders distance was not a problem, he had plenty of distance. There is a ‘BOOM' you cannot miss every time this guy kicks. I'm always leery of dropping the veteran kicker for an untested guy but Medlock seems to have what it takes. Expect to see plenty of him in the preseason as the Panthers try to add pressure to see how he handles it

All 22 Drills:

  • With Newton at QB:
    • 89 curl in the middle complete
    • 89 back shoulder down the left sideline complete from a 2 TE set
    • Williams drops a check down in the left flat
    • On a crossing route Newton fails to Anderson sitting in a zoen and Anderson makes a nice leap up to snatch the ball out of the air. Six inches higher and it was complete
  • With Anderson at QB:
    • Pilares snatches a nice grab on a comebacker in front of Butler; Davis had nice pressure and would have disrupted that pass in pads
    • Edwards complete on a crossing route, going up high
    • Anderson goes through his reads and then hits Murphy on a right side fade; sweet!
    • Murphy overthrown down the right sideline with Pugh in tight coverage
  • With Newton back at QB:
    • Complete to LaFell left flat when LaFell puts his foot in the ground on the catch and jukes Nakamura for another 10 yards of YAC
    • Newton goes through his reads but sees a crease and goes up the middle
    • LaFell jump early on a crossing route but shows good body control to maintain and still snatch the ball; his best catch of the day IMO
    • Forgive me for forgetting what these WR routes are called as they escape me at the moment, but Pilares went down the right side and cut inward and slide for the catch in front of Godfrey; another sweet play
  • With Clausen at QB:
    • Complete to Edwards on a crossing route where the ball was threaded very well and Edwards went up and got it
    • Ajiratutu was open deep by 5 yards but dropped the ball though it hit him in the hands (this is the drop everyone was talking about) If he had caught the ball it might have been play of the day
    • Complete to Pilares on the left sideline as this play was late developing; Nelson went for the INT but was a tad late with Pilares hanging on in spite of having his view blocked

After this drill they went into some position drills again and it was here that Thomas Davis came up a little gimpy; word is he is sitting out tonight. At this point I started watching the one on one linemen drills between the 2nd and 3rd team offensive line (but including Byron bell) and most of the defensive linemen (DT & DE). I've listed each paring with the guy I thought who won the match-up underlined:

J. Williams vs. Bell

J. Williams vs. G. Williams

Van Bergen vs. Z. Williams

Fua vs. Pollack

Alexander vs. Campbell

Applewhite vs. Ziemba

Nwagbuo vs. Blackwell

Kearse vs. Byers

Neblett vs. Allen

Keiser vs. Reynolds

Chandler vs. Browning

McClain vs. Z. Williams

Kearse vs. Pollack

J. Williams vs. Campbell

Applewhite vs. G. Williams

Fua vs. Blackwell (A very strong bull rush on this one by Fua)

Van Bergen vs. Allen

McClain vs. Byers

McClain vs. Allen

Norwood vs. Reynolds

Alexander vs. Ziemba

Chandler vs. Blackwell

Please don't try to draw too much from this because I am not trained to evaluate linemen play. Also, if the DE got to the QB I gave them the ‘win' though it might have taken too long for them to get there.

Like I mentioned in a previous post the guys that looked good that I expected to look good were Byron Bell, Fua and Garry Williams. The ones that surprised me were Ryan Van Burgen, and OG Roger Allen.


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