Carolina Panthers Finish First Week of OTAs

The Carolina Panthers were back on the field for the first time since their playoff loss in Seattle this week. Unfortunately they were without a number of key players on Thursday.

The Carolina Panthers opened their OTAs on Tuesday but Thursday was the first day the practice was open to the media. Unfortunately there was a number of players missing on the practice field. The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person noted that the team had three cornerbacks missing from practice.

Last year’s starter Bene Benwikere and undrafted rookie Garry Peters sat out with hamstring issues, while free agent signing Charles Tillman missed practice with a family issue. The veteran cornerback was one of the question marks I wrote about earlier this week because of how much time he missed and was curious what shape he would be in.

Hamstring issues was a recurring theme for the Panthers this week with the team already missing their number one wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, to a hamstring injury.

The Panthers were also without their top two rookies on Thursday. Outside linebacker Shaq Thompson had missed the whole week because his school is on a quarter system. Wide receiver Devin Funchess was able to get in a little extra work with Benjamin out but missed Thursday’s practice for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere this weekend.

The fact that the team was missing as many players this week is not necessarily a bad thing as long as it doesn’t become a trend. This helped create additional snaps for some of the other players on who could be fighting for a spot on the roster.

The Panthers will be back on the practice field next week for their second week of OTAs from June 2-4.

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