Another day of practice is in the books, and there's honestly not a lot to recap since the team cut practice short. The pace was slower as the team is preparing for their first preseason game tomorrow night.
Tone and tempo have changed dramatically since Tuesday's fight-filled session. Saving legs for Bears games.— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 8, 2013
Even with the slower pace and shorter practice time we have a few nuggets to talk about, so here goes:
Same story, different day on the injury front
Same crew on exercise bikes: Beason, Stewart, Kugbila, Tolbert, Thomas, et al.— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 8, 2013
No new information here.
Brandon Williams and Armanti Edwards still impressive
I really like Williams. I think he's got a legitimate shot at making the 53.
Good corner route by B Williams and he brings in a pass from Cam, securing it while going to the ground.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) August 8, 2013
Jonathan Jones also thinks he will make the roster.
And if you're wondering how they'll squeeze him in the 53, Jones has a theory on that as well:
Panthers had Olsen Barnidge and Hartsock last year. Williams can be No. 3 and Brockel can remain backup FB just like last year— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) August 8, 2013
Armanti Edwards is also making a case for his place on the roster.
Joe's right though -- he's got to perform in a game for anyone to believe he's improved.
Who's in and who's out tomorrow
Here's a list of confirmed players who won't play:
Hixon Kugbila Tolbert Stewart Beason Shaw will not play tomorrow. TD will. Byers will be suited up— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) August 8, 2013
Also, here's an estimate on how much we'll see the first team:
Starters will get about 10-15 snaps tomorrow, according to Rivera. Could fluctuate based on quality of those snaps.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) August 8, 2013
That sounds about right for the first preseason game.
Steve Smith takes a leadership role:
After that Armanti TD, WR Steve Smith took CB Josh Norman off to side, gave him some advice on better utilizing outside leverage.— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) August 8, 2013
Norman better be taking notes. If anyone knows anything about how a WR plays the sideline, it's Smitty.
Jordan Gross wins today's quote of the day:
Gross and Olsen engage in mock fight in huddle. Gross: "Coach, we're fighting. Take us both out."— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 8, 2013
I don't know about you, but I have a feeling that it didn't work. Gotta give him credit for trying though.
That's it for today's Twitter recap. There won't be a practice recap tomorrow because the Panthers will play their first preseason game (woot!), so stay tuned for the next practice recap on