OTA Update

What's going on during the Panthers' OTA workouts? Find out, INSIDE.

--The Panthers were without half their starting defensive line for the start of OTAs, as defensive end Charles Johnson was held out after a knee scope, and defensive tackle Ron Edwards was held out after missing last year with a triceps tear.

The Panthers are counting on both to lend stability to a line with no other known commodities. It's not worth panicking over now, but they're both needed.

--The Panthers moved quickly to put second-round pick Amini Silatolu in the starting lineup, sandwiching him between Pro Bowlers Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil.

--The Panthers released journeyman defensive tackle Jason Shirley last week, when they signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Hubert Anyiam. Shirley had 2.5 sacks in four games late last season, but wasn't considered to threaten for a job on a healthy roster.

-- "OTAs are going great. I like our team a lot. We're young, excited and healthy, which is really good. Cam is looking good, which is a huge key to what we're doing. I'm excited about what we can be. We need to pick up right where we left off and get better and better. Other teams are going to have the whole offseason to work on what we did. We need to have new things to surprise them with. That's the challenge for us. I think we're up for it." -- LT Jordan Gross, on the early on-field work.

Injured linebackers Thomas Davis and Jon Beason were on the property for the start of Panthers OTAs, but not practicing in team drills.

Davis, coming back from his third ACL tear, is being worked back in slowly after previous comeback attempts ended prematurely. Beason, who tore his Achilles early last season, is on a more promising time line.

"I'd like to believe when we get to training camp, we can put Jon in full-go at that point, and Thomas, we'll ease him back in," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

Beason was back in the middle for walkthroughs, but didn't participate in team drills, though it didn't sound like it was his call.

"I think they're just protecting me from myself," Beason said. "Practice is practice. But to me you come out and compete. You try to win every down and you play the game a certain way. I think that had a lot to do with it, too."


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