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Week two of training camp was an eventful one, filled with nice plays, a couple of near scuffles, and some nice videos.
As far as injuries go, the Panthers have been fortunate to avoid many serious injuries. Corn Elder is still week to week with a fractured patella, while only Curtis Samuel hasn’t been able to practice with his hamstring. Captain Munnerlyn returned to practice this week, but Matt Kalil has been working on the side with an apparent groin injury. Most of the injured players seem to be guys who just need some time to heal up, which is great for Carolina as they get closer to their first preseason game. Cam Newton has taken a few days off from throwing, but honestly that can be expected while he recovers from his shoulder surgery. There is no real reason to push him into throwing on a sore shoulder when there’s four whole weeks until the regular season. Some people are making a big deal about it, but you won’t hear that from any of the CSR staff, and for good reason. There’s not much to talk about in terms of breaking news so reporters monitor a lot of stuff.
The defensive backs had a great week against the offense, specifically James Bradberry and Daryl Worley. They are starting to learn how to use their size to sky up for interceptions, and both of them have managed to out-jockey Kelvin Benjamin this week for interceptions. These kids look good. In addition, Julius Peppers still looks every bit the monster he was in the early 2000s, and that’s a scary prospect.
As far as the offense goes, one of the lesser played developments is the emergence of Chris Manhertz at tight end. He apparently may have the inside line to the 3rd spot, and he provides a better receiving option than Scott Simonson did. Keep an eye on Manhertz, he has gotten a ton of reps with the 1’s when Olsen isn’t involved. Oh, and that Christian McCaffery kid...
A cleaner version of what Christian McCaffrey did to Luke Kuechly earlier pic.twitter.com/glWgsh5vL7— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) August 2, 2017
Yeah... he’s pretty good. He is looking every bit the player Carolina drafted him to be, lining up all over the field as a receiver. It’s not often you see somebody blowing past Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, even in a practice setting.
The Panthers are obligated to submit a depth chart to the league, even if it looks nothing like the final one next month. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises there, most of us could have probably made a depth chart that looked similar in a black out drunken state.
Julius Peppers is listed as the back up to Charles Johnson, but ideally those two and Mario Addison are “co-starters” who take a ton of snaps on each side. Daeshon Hall should be heavily involved too with the plays he is making in camp. At wide receiver, Brenton Bersin and Russel Shepard are listed as the primary back ups, though the Panthers use a lot of different packages with wide receivers based on the skills they need. YA BOI seems to have the leg up on some of these younger guys, however this group is definitely the fastest Carolina has seen at practice in awhile. His days may be numbered. Also look for some of the undrafted free agents to make a push once again. Austin Duke and Ben Boulware come to mind as guys balling out. The Panthers may end up with a strong practice squad, and that’s never a bad thing. I’ll be bringing you my week to week projection starting next week.
It’s been a fun week of Panthers football, who are you excited to see for next week’s preseason game against the Houston Texans?