Day 3 of the Carolina Panthers 2013 Training Camp signaled the introduction of pads to practice. With the element of increased physicality added, which Panthers stepped up and which regressed? We have got you covered again with a CSR Twitter recap of the top 5 news from today’s practice.
Honorable Mention) Gettis is Shaken Up
Gettis is down. Looks like his back— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 28, 2013
Gettis takes a hard fall and Norman lands on him. Slow getting up. Dismissed trainer helping him off.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 28, 2013
Already missing nearly two seasons due to injury and on the roster bubble, another setback was the last thing David Gettis needed. According to reports, Gettis hurt his back and was shaken up after Josh Norman fell on him. Fortunately, he was able to walk on his own power with trainers and finished practice. His health is something to monitor in the coming days.
5) Silatolu Makes Great Strides
Silatolu looks like he's slimmed down a little, but in a good way. More athletic— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 28, 2013
Silatolu pulls with great speed. He's having an excellent day— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 28, 2013
It what appears to be the lone bright spot of the offensive line today, left guard Amini Silatolu was impressive in his blocks and pulls. This is consistent with many of the reports coming from OTAs and practices. And seeing the way he handled rookie defensive tackle Star Lotulelei in the video from Panthers.com, Silatolu is starting to look like the guy the Panthers front office envisioned when he was drafted in the 2nd round last year.
4) Barner and Ginn Impress
Cam is throwing well today. LaFell and Ginn most impressive receivers today— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 28, 2013
Ted Ginn catching everything today.— Joe Person (@josephperson) July 28, 2013
The acquisitions of Kenjon Barner and Ted Ginn, Jr., show that the Panthers want to inject speed in their offense and special teams. In the first practice in pads, these two really stood out. Ginn showed explosion in his routes and caught nearly all balls his way. He will have every opportunity to be the #3 WR.
With Stewart’s health still unpredictable, Barner will also have every opportunity to make the roster and fill in as the #3 RB. He showed nice cuts and exploded for long gains during today’s practice.
3) More Blitzing
I'm a fan of all these safety blitzes— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 28, 2013
New S Mike Mitchell being used a lot in blitz packages, which he did a lot in Oakland as well.— Joe Person (@josephperson) July 28, 2013
Today was a continuation of the new wrinkle added to the Panthers defense: more blitzes. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was well known for incredible blitz schemes in Philadelphia, but has toned down since his arrival to Carolina, as a result of his personnel.
With the shakeup in the secondary and linebackers, it appears that McDermott is going back to his bread and butter. As CanadianPanther notes, it remains to be seen if it can be effective with the Panthers’ average secondary being exposed.
2) Amazing Defensive Line or Terrible Offensive Line?
Hardy abuses Gross, had a sack on Cam in a real game.— Cat Scratch Reader (@CatScratchReadr) July 28, 2013
The OL looks really ugly. Bright spot: Silatolu looks great today— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 28, 2013
By all accounts, the offensive line was exposed today in practice by the "Monstrz, Inc." defensive line. Led by Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, Cam Newton and the offense were hounded all day.
While the tweets kept bemoaning the poor play and depth of the offensive line, I interpret it as the defensive line being in midseason form. I expect the offensive line to improve slightly as camp continues, but quite frankly, as I wrote earlier last week, this might be too prolific a line for our offensive line to handle.
1) Great Wide Receivers or Poor Secondary Play?
WR Brandon LaFell letting his presence be known with pair of nice catches for big gainers from Cam Newton over course of three snaps.— Bryan Strickland (@PanthersBryan) July 28, 2013
And that's the end of practice. Thanks for following today. Good showing by the WRs— James Dator (@James_Dator) July 28, 2013
Sense a theme? Just as the defensive line dominated the offensive line, so did the wide receivers against their counterparts in the secondary. Multiple tweets praised the play of the wide receivers today, exploding out of their stances, making circus catches, and plucking balls out of the air.
While upon first glance it looks like the wide receiver group is solid, I believe it is more of a results of poor secondary play. Although they have a clear disadvantage on 7-on-7 drills, the secondary also struggled on 11-on-11 drills. Look for this to continue until the Panthers finally settle on starters and a consistent rotation.
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