Ted Ginn Stands Out
The star of today’s practice was Ted Ginn. The wide receiver was with the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and after one season with the Arizona Cardinals returned back to the organization. It doesn’t look like Cam Newton and Ginn lost any chemistry over the past season.
The highlight reel started early in practice when Ginn caught a deep pass from Newton in the back of the end zone. The pass was a little bit overthrown but Ginn was able to pull it in. It was happened after the catch that drew cheers from the crowd when Ginn hurdled the white picket fence surrounding the field. This play could have ended very badly but Ginn was able to avoid the situation.
Later in the practice, Ginn caught another deep pass, this time close to 60 yards. Ginn doesn’t look like he has lost a step and ran past the entire defense to haul in the catch. The addition of Ginn could be an incredible boost to this offense.
Another Free Agent Star in Practice
Free agent safety Kurt Coleman, who played with the Kansas City Chiefs, had an excellent practice. Coleman looks very comfortable off the field and moves quickly. Towards the end, Coleman was able to pick off a pass from Cam Newton that was underthrown.
The addition of Coleman could be a huge boost for this defense. Right now, Roman Harper and Tre Boston seem to be the clear favorites to start at the safety position but with a strong preseason it may be hard for the coaching staff to keep him off the field this season.
Cam Newton Struggles With Accuracy
One of the big talking points this offseason for Cam Newton this offseason has been the fact that he has improved his fundamentals which will help with his accuracy. During this practice though, it didn’t seem like this issue has been fixed.
Newton did have some great throws throughout the day, particularly the deep ball. However, it seemed for every good throw Newton had he would follow it up with an inaccurate throw. The majority of the throws, when off target, would sail on him. This is not anything new when it comes to Newton and the hope is that he can continue to work on it in training camp.
Shaq Thompson is Athletic
During positional drills, first round rookie Shaq Thompson really stood out, in particular how fluid his movements were and how quick he was on the field. Thompson ability to drop into coverage and then change direction was really impressive.
With that said, A.J. Klein continues to work with the first team and Thompson with the second unit. However, it would be surprising if Thompson is not a starter by the start of the season from what we saw on the practice field.
Injuries are starting to add up
The Panthers were without defensive tackle Kawann Short and Bene Benwikere at the start of practice. Short is battling a back injury according to assistant Steve Wilks, who ran practice today. Benwikere is still dealing with a hamstring injury but he was on the field for some of the team's drills today, wearing a visor and not a helmet. It seems Benwikere is close to returning.
One injury that certainly looks to be serious occurred about halfway through practice when wide receiver Stephen Hill ran a route across the field and came down awkwardly. He threw his helmet off almost immediately and looked to be in a great amount of pain. Hill left the field on the cart with his knee wrapped.
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