The Carolina Panthers have one more practice before they break for the remainder of the summer before coming back together at Wofford College for training camp. The minicamp this week hasn't gone as smoothly as Ron Rivera would have hoped and for the second consecutive day discussed mistakes being made in practice.
"Some of our young guys making too many mistakes," Rivera said. "My message to them is they better get in the book."
The Panthers head coach was asked if the mistakes could be chalked up to young versus players not knowing what to do. "Both," Rivera said. "I think it's fair that they are young guys trying to learn and understand and we put alot on them. But my message is that if you are struggling you better start getting in the book a little more and spend a little more time working on these things."
He did clarify later in his press conference that his comments aren't limited to just the rookies and are also directed at the second and third year guys.
The mistakes weren't limited to the younger players as some of the veterans also made some questionable plays. Third string quarterback Joe Webb was leading the offense on a one-minute drill when he spiked the ball to stop the clock. The issue was, as Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer tweeted, that Webb spiked the ball on fourth down and ended the drive.
The Panthers will be back on the practice field Thursday for the final day of their three-day minicamp.
To listen to Rivera's full press conference, click here.