Greetings, Panthers fans!
The CSR Crew is no longer in Spartanburg, but that doesn't mean we can't keep you informed. Here's a brief summary of what went on today in camp from various Twitter sources.
Mike Mitchell working hard to become a starter
So far one of the better competitions in camp has been for the starting SS spot. Mike Mitchell and DJ Campbell have been battling to land the starting gig, and Mitchell is showing signs of improvement already.
S @MikeMitchell34 hired a special coach to help him improve his ball handling skills and footwork this offseason.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 29, 2013
I like that. It shows that he is serious about starting in the NFL. In most cases, good things come for those who put in the necessary work to get where they want to be.
We all know that Mitchell brings speed and athleticism to the table (he was drafted by the Raiders, after all), but did you know that he's also a great tackler?
Mitchell is a hard-hitting player and great tackler. Loves the expression "thud 'em up."— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 29, 2013
I'm not sure I like the phrase "thud 'em up", but if it means more tackles from the SS position, then I guess I can learn to love the phrase.
Of course, a good safety's best friend is a strong front seven. Mitchell knows this, and he likes the group of guys who are lined up in front of him in Spartanburg.
Perhaps one of Mitchell's biggest issues all along has been the lack of a good front seven in front of him? Hopefully that was the issue he had in Oakland, because Carolina could use a solid option at strong safety this year.
Chase Blackburn adjusting to his new team
Free agent linebacker Chase Blackburn is using training camp as an opportunity to bond with his new teammates.
Chase Blackburn says that bonding with #Panthers teammates at camp has helped improve his communication on the field.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 29, 2013
Blackburn isn't penciled in to be a starter at this point, but he's going to be featured a lot in the rotation, especially if Jon Beason or Thomas Davis need to limit their reps early in the year.
One thing I liked seeing from Blackburn was his accountability. It shows that he's ready to walk the walk instead of just talk the talk. I like seeing that from a new player.
LB Chase Blackburn says he expects a lot from his teammates. Admitted today wasn't his best practice and is working to set a high standard.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) July 29, 2013
Setting high standards is good. Hopefully he continues to keep that standard, because the Panthers need all the depth they can get on defense, especially with Beason's health still up in the air.
And, in case you're wondering it appears that Blackburn is playing all three LB positions during practice.
Lunchroom update 3: Chase Blackburn getting reps at every LB spot and a little hoarse from yelling out defensive calls.— Bryan Strickland (@PanthersBryan) July 29, 2013
Nothing wrong with a little versatility, right?
Thomas Davis expects to be ready this week
Davis tweated his hamstring working out before camp started, but according to Max Henson he hopes to be on the field by Thursday.
LB Thomas Davis anxious to be back full-go. Says hamstring is healing well and that he understands the need to wait and avoid re-injuring.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) July 29, 2013
I hope he's ready to go soon. We need him on the field, but he's right -- preventing injury this early in the season is priority number one.
When did we re-hire John Fox?
Best quote of camp comes from Panther coach Richard Rodgers. To players he yelled: "If you're not on the field, get off the field."— Tom Sorensen (@tomsorensen) July 29, 2013
Sounds a lot like "it is what it is", doesn't it?
Just let this mental picture sit in your head for a while:
Cam rides into the union on his Segway. Gets off, takes off headphones and meets with West and Gray.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) July 29, 2013
Oh, and apparently there's more to Jerry West being at practice today than just hanging out with Big Cat:
Panthers put a two-page Jerry West bio in every player's locker so they'd know who he is. He'll address the team. The subject: Winning.— Tom Sorensen (@tomsorensen) July 29, 2013
If anyone knows anything about winning, it's Jerry West. Hopefully his insight is helpful to the team as they prepare for the upcoming season.
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