A.P.'s Camp Blog: 8-4

The Carolina Panthers engaged in a pair of practices on Wednesday. The 2010 draft class accounted itself well in both workouts, with draftees stepping up on both sides of the ball. Some veterans -- including a Pro Bowl running back and an often-maligned receiver -- made big plays as well.

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Fan Appreciation

Team president Danny Morrison was in attendance during Wednesday morning's practice. Morrison, a Wofford College alumna, strolled along the fences during practice speaking to fans. The fans appreciated his presence, commenting that it is refreshing to have management converse with the loyal supporters of the team.

Williams & Co.

Most practices feature limited contact, leaving little room for a running back to showcase his talent, but on Wednesday morning the backs gave a preview of what to expect during the season. DeAngelo Williams took the first snap and cut back against the grain and ripped off a nice burst down the field. Later on, he took a stretch hand-off and beat the defenders to the corner and up the sideline.

Josh Vaughan and newcomer Dantrell Savage also had impressive gains.

Seven-on-Seven Stars

Brandon LaFell beat Richard Marshall on a well-run dig route to snag a Matt Moore offering. LaFell and Marshall both missed some practice time this week after colliding with one another during Monday's workout.

Later in the exercise, Jimmy Clausen hit Gary Barnidge and Dwayne Jarrett on seam routes, with Jarrett finding the end zone with his reception.

Rookie Looks Ready

LB/DE Eric Norwood has come on during the last few practices. He recorded 1.5 sacks in the morning session. The first sack he split with DE Charles Johnson; the second came on a solo effort thwarting a screen pass attempt.

Seeing Green in the Red Zone

Both units were excited about the goal line portion of practice. Hunter Cantwell connected with David Gettis and Dante Rosario behind the defense for touchdowns.

The highlight of the drill -- and possibly the entire morning -- was Everette Brown's big hit on Dantrell Savage.

Ready for Round 2

The evening portion of Wednesday's practices was scaled back a great deal. Most of the practice was focusing on positioning and special teams.

There were a few noteworthy highlights:

--The "big fellas" showed their versatility by fielding kicks as the team was warming up. They did a fairly good job with only a couple drops.

--Hunter Cantwell found Jamie Petrowski in the end zone during the goal line portion of practice and also hit Armanti Edwards for 20 yards over the middle.

--Sherrod Martin used his head … literally. He had good coverage on Brandon LaFell, so much so that the ball caromed off his helmet and landed out of bounds.

--Matt Moore threw a perfect ball on the fade route by Brandon LaFell, dropping it right over his outside shoulder and out of reach of defender C.J. Wilson.




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Arsenio Parks is a fullback and English major at Wofford College. He began playing football at 7 years old and went on to garner All Conference, All Region and All State recognitions during his career at Shelby HS. He also lettered in track and field.


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