Carolina Panthers Offense Struggles, Other Notes from Practice on Sunday

The Carolina Panthers held their second straight practice in pads on Sunday. Stephen Sears was at Wofford College this morning and these were his notes from practice, including the absence of a starting defensive end.

Players Who Sat Out Practice: Charles JohnsonKelvin BenjaminKony Ealy

It appears that it was scheduled days off for Charles Johnson and Kelvin Benjamin, who is coming back from a torn ACL injury last training camp. However, Kony Ealy missed practice on Sunday after suffering a concussion on Saturday during practice.

Players Who Returned to Practice: Jonathan StewartStephen Hill

Sloppy Day for the Offense

It wasn't a clean day for Cam Newton and the Panthers offense. There was a number of passes that were off target, including a pass that was behind Brenton Bersin and one that Newton overthrew Kevin Norwood in the end zone.

For the second straight day, Shaq Thompson made an impressive one-handed interception on Newton. This is something that is starting to become routine for the second-year linebacker and if he continues this, should be able to see more playing time in the coming season.

The play of the day though may have been a dump pass by Derek Anderson to Cameron Artis-Payne, that he took for 30-yards down the field. The impressive part was the speed as he was able to run away from defenders before being eventually pushed out of bounds. Artis-Payne also had an excellent run with the second-team offense in team drills for about 11 yards.

This could be a big season for Artis-Payne as the Panthers hopefully will lessen the workload for Jonathan Stewart and keep him fresher throughout the entire season.

Rookies Lead the Way at Cornerback

The three rookie cornerbacks have been getting plenty of playing time and in the 7 v. 7 drill the starting group was James Bradberry and Daryl Worley on the outside with Zack Sanchez in the slot. Then during the team drills Bradberry and Worley lined up with the first team.

This will change in the coming weeks once Bene Benwikere returns however the reviews have been mostly positive with the new cornerbacks, especially Worley. While it is still early in camp, the drop off in talent in the secondary may not be as severe as once thought.

Punt Return Depth Chart?

The order for punt returns during practice today was Ted Ginn Jr.Brenton BersinDamiere Byrd and Miles Shuler. While it isn't a surprise that Ginn was first, and he enters the year most likely the starter for this team, it is interesting to see Bersin over Byrd. The player that is able to secure that second string spot behind Ginn will certainly help their chances of making the 53-man roster.

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