Practice on Day 2 of Carolina Panthers Training Camp 2003 has just ended and CSR has got you covered. Here are the Top 5 Panthers news and related tweets about today’s practice:
Honorable Mention 1: Colby Cameron and Nate Chandler Struggle
And there's an INT from Cameron. Ugliest throwing session I've seen in a long time— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 27, 2013
Louis Nzegwu makes a nice strip. Blows by Chandler again. Almost looks like Chandler isn't even there.— Cat Scratch Reader (@CatScratchReadr) July 27, 2013
Cameron was expected to challenge Jimmy Clausen for the third spot on the quarterback depth chart. If these tweets are to be believed, Cameron has no chance of taking Clausen’s spot on the roster.
Chandler’s flexibility afforded the Panthers the opportunity to move from defensive tackle to offensive tackle. While coaches praised him early on for making the switch, he had a difficult time today. Do not expect him to challenge for a top backup spot anytime soon.
Honorable Mention 2: Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly Last to Stay After Practice
Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly the last players signing autographs after practice. pic.twitter.com/BCCd0GiUoV— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 27, 2013
It is not on field news, but it is a good sign that the faces of the franchise are incredible leaders and understand their roles. It is well appreciated that being an NFL star has not gotten to their hands. Genuine character pervades this team from top to bottom.
5) Joe Adams Does Not Get Reps at WR
Not seeing Joe Adams getting any reps here at WR.— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 27, 2013
Adams has been pulled from WR drills, working as 1st string PR— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 27, 2013
With the logjam at wide receiver, there will be talented player that will not make the team. If you consider Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell locks to make the team, there is still Domenik Hixon, Ted Ginn, Jr., Armanti Edwards, David Gettis, Taulib Ikharo, Brenton Bersin, James Shaw, and Adams competing for at most 5 spots. If he cannot make an impact in the punt return game, or continues to fumble the ball, Adams might be the odd man out.
4) Cam is Shaky/Cam is Good
Cam connects with @gregolsen82 on a perfectly thrown pass. Expect big things from the duo in 2013.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 27, 2013
Cam is looking a little rough today. Out of sync— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 27, 2013
No surprise, but Newton had an up and down passing the ball. He is expected to be a little rusty in his first practices, but there will be a close eye on him in the weeks ahead. There is no real threat of him being replaced at quarterback, but as he goes, so might the season.
3) Kugbila Carted Off Field
Rookie G Edmund Kugbila tweaked his hamstring during drills today. He was carted off the field before practice started.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 27, 2013
Early reports are saying that rookie offensive guard Edmund Kugbila has injured his hamstring, but is not serious. Considering that he is from a Division II school, a rookie, has conditioning issues, and has just hurt his hamstring, Kugbila should not be considered a strong contender to start on the offensive line. Perhaps the news about bringing in Travelle Wharton for a workout is a sign of the lack of confidence the front office has in offensive line depth.
2) Robert Lester Impresses Again
After muggy practice head coach Ron Rivera said Robert Lester's 2nd interception in as many days a good sign though against backups.— Bryan Strickland (@PanthersBryan) July 27, 2013
Two days, two interceptions. We hear Lester’s name again and again from head coach Ron Rivera, and now we hear about his production. This is a good sign, and he is considered an early favorite to make the team at safety. Expectations should be tempered however, as his picks have come with the second and third string teams in.
1) No (Real) Injuries
Best thing to take away from today's practice - no serious injuries to the #Panthers. Been a bad day around the league.— Nur C (@CP_CSR) July 27, 2013
Let’s be honest, this is only practice with players in shorts. None of this really counts nor matters. So the most important and most exciting news to come out of today’s practice is that no serious injuries occurred. Considering the long-term injuries befallen to Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin and Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta, the Panthers have come out of their first two practice very lucky. After the hearing these injuries, maybe it is good thing that skilled veterans Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, and Jonathan Stewart have not seen the field - they have nothing to prove in Spartanburg on the field of Wofford College.