A.M.'s Camp Blog: 8-10

The Carolina Panthers practiced for two hours Tuesday evening as the team prepared for its first preseason game on Thursday night. A handful of players stood out and looked ready for the live-game competition.

Alex Montgomery's training camp reports: Aug. 7 | Aug. 9

Also, check out the training camp reports by Wofford College FB Arsenio Parks:

July 29 | July 30 | July 31 | Aug. 1 | Aug. 2 | Aug. 3 | Aug. 4 | Aug. 5 | Aug. 6

Offense

Gary Barnidge was Matt Moore's favorite target during this session, as he went to him multiple times during the seven-on-seven drills and during the full scrimmage. Barnidge caught all passes, including one where he stretched to grab a ball thrown over his head.

Moore also connected with Dwayne Jarrett, namely on a post route that led to the day's first touchdown. On the next series, he threw a similar pass to Dante Rosario, which also resulted in a score.

Not to be outdone, Jimmy Clausen sailed a pass perfectly over Dexter Jackson's shoulder to chalk up a touchdown of his own. The newcomers showed camaraderie as they pointed at each other, slapped hands and walked to the sidelines.

Clausen also impressed the crowd with his speed during one play. He rolled out of the pocket, beat a few defenders and scrambled for a 10-yard gain.

Armanti Edwards caught a Tony Pike pass with his fingertips and brought it in successfully before being taken down by defenders.

Defense

Hilee Taylor looked dominant in one-on-one drills against members of the O-line.

Everette Brown recorded one of the only sacks of the day and received most of the praise from coaches during drills.

C.J. Wilson still looks as impressive as anyone on defense, as he always seems to find his way to the play.

Special Teams

While not as successful with field goal kicking, Todd Carter booted all kickoffs to the goal line.

The team spent the last 15 minutes of practice going over onsides kick formations.

Quotables

--"Hilee! Keep your pads down!" - Defensive line coach Brian Baker to Hilee Taylor during the full scrimmage.

--"It's not bad." – WR Steve Smith on the condition of his arm.

Cat Quicks

--The QBs spent the last 30 minutes of practice laughing and chucking balls about 40 yards to see who could hit a trash can. Matt Moore was the winner. It seems the four signal-callers are building quite a bond.

--Jimmy Clausen looks much more comfortable now than he did at the beginning of camp, which is great timing with the first preseason game right around the corner.

--Steve Smith spent time on the sidelines catching balls from a coach. He has no cast on his arm and looks almost ready to suit up.

--Jordan Senn and Garry Williams worked on agility drills, while Chris Gamble and Jeff Otah went for an afternoon ride on the exercise bikes.



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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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