A.M.'s Camp Blog: 8-9

The Carolina Panthers returned to Wofford College on Monday for a pair of practices. Alex Montgomery was on the scene and shares the highlights from both practices. He also offers updates on several players who will be vital to the team's success this season.

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The Panthers returned to Wofford College on Monday to continue camp. The players battled through the heat yet again to prove themselves to the coaches.

Morning Session

Offense

Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen, Hunter Cantwell and Tony Pike started their day with footwork and agility drills. Moore and Pike look to be the most nimble of the group, while Clausen was a tad slower and Cantwell had trouble clearing the obstacles in an agility drill.

Dante Rosario was the first player to get the coaches fired up -- in a good way -- with a great cut up-field following a Clausen spiral.

The first "Tip Drill" of the day fell into the hands of Kenny Moore after it was deflected by a defender.

Dwayne Jarrett looked impressive as he beat Robert McClain down the left sideline for the first TD of the day off a pass from Clausen.

Tyrell Sutton and Dantrell Savage garnered cheers from the crowd with their impressive running. Sutton broke free and exploded down the left sideline on one play. Savage weaved in between defensive tackle Corvey Irvin and linebacker Quinton Culberson to get into open space.

David Gettis turned on a dime and shook his defender off a pass from Cantwell.

Defense

A fumbled snap from Clausen was scooped up by Mortty Ivy and returned for a defensive touchdown.

Jamar Williams made several tackles, including one on DeAngelo Williams.

Jordan Pugh and C.J. Wilson were congratulated for breaking up two Cantwell passes. Wilson also received several shout-outs from coaches and players for breaking up more plays.

The defensive units kept the pressure on the QBs, forcing all four to leave the pocket and scramble or throw the ball away at least once.

Special Teams

Armanti Edwards and Captain Munnerlyn fielded all punts and kicks. It seems at this point that Edwards is the common denominator when it comes to special teams drills; he may be the front-runner for "return man."

Jason Baker got off to a rough start with a few wobbly kicks, but pulled it together by the end of practice and boomed several kicks high and long.

Marcus Hudson made a great play on the punting team; he leapt into the end zone and batted a rogue football back to the 1-yard line for his teammate to down it.

Evening Session

The Panthers ran through an abbreviated practice during the evening, but there were a few noteworthy highlights.

Offense

Jeff King showed great speed and hands as he beat Charles Godfrey on a curl route.

Jimmy Clausen rolled out of the pocket and pitched a perfect pass to Rosario for a touchdown.

DeAngelo Williams cut through defenders and raced up the field for a touchdown.

Williams ran through a hole in the defense created by Jordan Gross, who had his way with defensive linemen throughout the evening.

Brandon LaFell wowed the crowd with a leaping circus catch, thrown by Moore, and the two hooked up again on a touchdown to end a two-minute drill.

Defense

Richard Marshall showed great speed as he penetrated into the backfield and snuffed out a shovel pass to Dantrell Savage.

Charles Johnson was awarded a sack as he broke through the offensive line en route to Matt Moore.

The defensive line looked strong in goal-line drills, including an Eric Moore sack on Tony Pike.

Special Teams

John Kasay sailed six of seven kicks through the uprights as the team ran a drill called "Hurricane," where they rush the kicking team on the field after an in-bounds completion.

Quotables

--"You gotta be kidding me!" – WR coach Tyke Tolbert to Dexter Jackson after he failed to run his route correctly.

--"Nice job, 29. I like it." – Secondary coach Mike Gillhamer to Jordan Pugh during coverage drills.

--"Good thing it's not duck hunting season!" – QB coach Rip Scherer to Matt Moore after observing his wobbly pass during agility drills.

--"It's all about the Beavers." - QB Matt Moore, smiling, to a young fan wearing an Oregon Ducks jersey.

Cat Quicks

--A brief "rookie scuffle" broke out between Sean Ware and Rashawn Jackson after a play, but the shoving match subsided quickly.

--Armanti Edwards is clearly the fan-favorite newcomer at training camp, as many who saw him play in college locally are excited about his potential. Fans are already buzzing about the possibility of using Edwards at QB in the shotgun.

--Thomas Davis, Aaron Francisco, Jeff Otah and Mike Goodson all participated in light conditioning drills and walk-throughs on the sidelines; Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart joined in for time on the exercise bikes.

--Brandon LaFell is separating himself from the rest of the rookie receivers, as he is getting reps with the first-team offense and impressing coaches and fans.



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Alex Montgomery is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Professional Writing. He has worked for the Western Carolinian and The Kernersville News and currently resides in Kernersville, NC.


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