A.M.'s Camp Blog: 8-17

The Carolina Panthers spent their final evening on the practice field in Spartanburg, S.C., on Tuesday. The youngsters drove the aerial attack on offense, while a pair of former Gamecocks led the charge on defense. Also, an exciting rookie is back from injury and looking to make an impact on special teams.

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DeAngelo Williams is back at practice after his personal leave and ran through all drills and scrimmages with the other running backs.

Steve Smith's Tuesday workout was similar to Monday's practice. His noteworthy catch was one from Matt Moore that bounced off his fingertips, but he snagged it before it fell to the turf and made his move up-field.

Hunter Cantwell and Dante Rosario connected on the first major completion of the day, a 20-yard pass into the middle of the field on a slant route. Cantwell also delivered a touchdown pass to David Gettis and another to Oliver Young where the ball bounced off Trent Guy's hands and into Young's in the corner of the end zone.

Jimmy Clausen was accurate during drills and scrimmages. He hooked up with Armanti Edwards for a touchdown during goal-line reps. Edwards also built on his success Tuesday with several good-looking grabs and was again the standout rookie receiver.

Dexter Jackson showed great control as he caught a Clausen pass on an out-route then drug his feet to stay in bounds.

Jordan Gross, Travelle Wharton, Ryan Kalil, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Geoff Schwartz took most of the reps as the first-team offensive line.


A couple of former Gamecocks were responsible for some of Tuesday afternoon's highlights. Captain Munnerlyn made several great plays on the ball, including an athletic denial of a Clausen pass to Edwards.

Eric Norwood spent a lot of time in the backfield during scrimmages. He kept constant pressure on the quarterbacks and caught Tyrell Sutton in the backfield twice.

Andre Neblett made good penetration all day and stopped Dantrell Savage before he could cross the line of scrimmage. Eric Moore also stood out with his ability to put pressure on the quarterbacks and running backs.

Tank Tyler was a standout performer in the one-on-one drills against O-linemen.

James Anderson received a shout-out from the coaches for his great coverage on Jeff King, denying a pass from Moore. Jordan Pugh received the other major shout-out for a leaping deflection of a Clausen pass.

Charles Johnson broke through the line and put pressure on Moore, causing him to toss an underthrown pass to Young, which was picked off by Charles Godfrey. R.J. Stanford also came up with an interception off a pass from Tony Pike.

Special Teams

Mike Goodson, Trent Guy, Armanti Edwards and Kenny Moore all spent time returning kicks.

The team is still using Todd Carter as a kickoff specialist only. It remains to be seen if the Panthers will use a roster spot on an additional kicker.

Cat Quicks

Much attention has been given to Trent Guy since Steve Smith came out saying the young receiver has impressed him greatly. He's back from an injury and spent time working with the receivers and special teams. His routes are crisp and he's one of the fastest guys on the field in practice.

Chris Gamble was beat off the line of scrimmage a few times during one-on-one drills against wide receivers. It looks like he's still getting back into the groove after missing action for the past few weeks, but he should be back to regular form soon enough.

Who are the winners and losers of training camp? Discuss in the message boards.

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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