Panthers Begin Mini Camp

Thomas Davis and his fellow rookies begin the long road to the season opener. Other players like Drew Carter and Steve Smith see their first practices in several months. Get the low-down... INSIDE.

Who says the Panthers don't have any wide receiver depth?

On Friday morning, two youngsters showed some great promise.

Last years' 5th round pick, Drew Carter, made the catch of the day. He streaked down the sideline with blistering speed, outrunning fellow Ohio State Alum Chris Gamble and made a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch that was thrown perfectly by Jake Delhomme.

Carter made several nice catches, but also had a drop on a short out pass as he turned to run up field before securing the ball.

Carter showed no ill effects from his surgery a year ago, and seemed to have regained most of his speed that intrigued the Panthers enough for them to draft him last year.

Carter was a stand-out performer, but another receiver caught the crowds' eye with some great catches as well. Antoine Burns, the 6-0, 195 lb. receiver out of Minnesota, had some nice catches and showed good technique shielding the ball from the defender and making the catch. Burns started last season with the Seahawks before being cut in the final cuts before the season started. He ended up on the Panthers' practice squad in September.

Steve Smith looked back to form and seemed to be suffering no ill-effects from the season ending leg injury he suffered in the season opener last season. Smith ran crisp routes and had burst coming through cuts.

Keary Colbert had an intense workout and looked like a man on a mission. Colbert showed great hands and ran crisp routes with precision, making several nice catches throughout the morning.

Dan Morgan was in attendance, and was not holding out as some reports indicated he would be.

Stephen Davis was in attendance and was cheering on his teammates on the field.

Along the offensive line, Hangartner was the second team center and Mathis the second team right guard. Wharton was indeed the Left Tackle, as Gross moved over to the Right Tackle position.

Thomas Davis was the second team strong saftey. Rounding out the second unit were Idrees Bashir, Ricky Manning, jr. and Dante Wesley. Mike Minter, Colin Branch, Chris Gamble and Ken Lucas were the first unit.

Finally, Steve Smith, Efrem Hill, Chris Gamble and Eugene Baker took punts during special teams drills.

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