A.M.'s Camp Blog: 8-18

The Carolina Panthers conducted their final training camp practice at Wofford College Wednesday. A fan favorite gave the crowd something to cheer about, while the veterans reminded the rookies the learning process is far from over. Also, more on the QB depth chart in Alex Montgomery's last camp report.

Catch up on all Alex Montgomery's blogs in his complete training camp archive:

Aug. 7 | Aug. 9 | Aug. 10 | Aug. 11 | Aug. 14 | Aug. 15 | Aug. 16 | Aug. 17

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


Armanti Edwards is still a fan favorite, as his 15-yard completion from Hunter Cantwell was met with cheers from the crowd. Edwards had to leap and reach over Robert McClain's head to make the catch.

Oliver Young showed great control as he kept his feet in-bounds for a catch in the corner of the end zone, thrown by Matt Moore.

Tyrell Sutton showed nice moves and quickness Wednesday as he tried to cement a spot as the third running back.

Jeff King was a little bit off with his timing and missed a few easy catches. However, Gary Barnidge picked up the slack and hauled in several catches.

Dwayne Jarrett dropped a couple of passes at the beginning of practice, but brought it together at the end and caught a touchdown pass from Moore.


Greg Hardy and Charles Godfrey maneuvered into the backfield and sacked Jimmy Clausen on consecutive plays.

R.J. Stanford made an great leaping deflection of a Clausen pass to Kenny Moore, who was on a fly route on the right sideline. Stanford was chastised by coaches, however, when he dropped an easy pick from Cantwell that hit him in the numbers.

C.J. Wilson made his daily practice highlight with a diving deflection of a Moore pass to Brandon LaFell.

Special Teams

John Kasay was the only kicker used Wednesday. He looked accurate on all field goal tries.

Captain Munnerlyn, Armanti Edwards, Kenny Moore, Trent Guy and Wallace Wright fielded punts.


"What's so hard about it? Stand there until he snaps the ball!" – Special teams coach Jeff Rodgers to the punt team after consecutive false starts.

Cat Quicks

While all the young receivers had flashes of brilliance throughout camp, Edwards was the one to catch fire at the end. He made some of the most impressive catches over the past few days and looks more comfortable each time he steps on the field.

A couple of veterans worked with some of the newcomers during practice Wednesday. Ryan Kalil taught Andrew Crummey about snap techniques and balance. Steve Smith also spent time helping Brandon LaFell learn how to beat press coverage.

The quarterback controversy still simmers in the minds of fans, but judging from camp, the current of order of Moore, Clausen, Cantwell and Tony Pike looks accurate. Moore is the vocal and spirited leader of the team, as he has clearly built relationships with his teammates and they trust him. Clausen and Cantwell have been vying for the No. 2 spot, but Clausen gets the edge for his pin-point accuracy and coolness in the pocket. Pike seems to be the odd man out, and at this point looks uncomfortable during scrimmages, but is still impressive in drills.

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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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