The one thing that the Carolina Panthers cornerbacks are missing entering the 2016 season is experience. The team had someone back at practice that has plenty of that with Charles Tillman returning to work with the position group and pass on some tricks of the trade.
"It was something we as coaches had talked about," Ron Rivera said after practice. "We wanted to bring in a veteran guy who has been around it and really come in and talk to our young guys."
There may not have been a better player to do just that. Tillman was a 13-year veteran and earned two Pro Bowl selections in 2011 and 2012 as well as a First-Team All-Pro Selection in 2012. This past season he joined the Panthers and was reunited with head coach Ron Rivera.
"A guy that really fit into our culture and we thought it would be a great opportunity to mix someone in who had some sage wisdom to share with these guys," Rivera said.
That sage wisdom would probably reference the "Peanut Punch", which was the nickname for his incredible ability to force fumbles. He finished his career with 44 forced fumbles.
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