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July 28, 2007

Offensive line moves interesting

Interesting development at the night practice: Left tackle Travelle Wharton, who’s coming off a knee injury, sat out, as planned. Wharton had worked with the first team in the morning session and the rest of the line featured Mike Wahle at left guard, Justin Hartwig at center, Jeremy Bridges at right guard and Jordan Gross at right tackle.

With Wharton sitting out, Wahle shifted out to left tackle. Bridges and Gross still lined up on the right side. But Hartwig slid over to left guard and rookie Ryan Kalil took over at center.

Keep an eye on this one. Might be only a matter of time before Kalil is the starting center and Hartwig is playing one of the guard spots, namely the right guard spot because Bridges has to serve a suspension the first two games.


Here’s a tale that provides a bit of advice for those planning trips to Spartanburg for night practices.

The bugs were swarming tonight and several writers mentioned their legs were getting attacked. As a media relations intern dutifully scurried for a can of bug spray, a writer I’ll call "Stan" offered this bit of wisdom: "The first line of defense is to pull up your socks."

Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2007 at 11:37 PM | Permalink


Six wins or bust! Go Panthers!

Posted by: Will | Jul 29, 2007 12:04:33 AM

I know it is early in camp but i would like to know how Richard Marshall look. I believe he is the panthers best cornerback. He had a good start last year, put you in the mind of Champ Bailey so expect this to be a pro bowl tear for him.

Posted by: Terrance | Jul 29, 2007 7:18:19 AM

Offensive line...offensive line...that's THE KEY to whether or not the Panthers have a good/great year ('good year' defined: make playoffs and 'great year' defined: deep run, at least to NFC championsip game)! Just think about it:

Strong offensive line performance does all the following:

Ball-controlling, clock-consuming RUN game...which LEADS TO less predictability in the passing game...which LEADS TO less need for Jake to force throws, just to keep the drive going and/or "desperation heaves" for first-downs and/or points. O-Line KEYS: Hopefully, staying healthy from game to game, 'same starters' continuity (for chemistry sake), perfecting the zone blocking schemes, focusing on snap counts (minimizing false starts), and consistency in pass-protection. Resulting successes with OL:
1)Defense having to be on the field MUCH less!
2)Better field position!
3)Less dependency on desperately trying to "out score" the other team late, without having so much dependency on the defense or special teams "HAVING TO MAKE A BIG PLAY NOW"! Conversely...poor to average, O-Line play... well it want make any difference who the running backs and receivers are, or how skilled they are. Most importantly, Jake will be a ineffective QB and suffer another sub-par season...likely leading to such disappointments...that the Panthers will experiment with various position changes on the O-Line, running backs, and maybe even...THE QB! Offensive line...offensive line...offensive line! People...that's THE key!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: T. LeVan | Jul 29, 2007 11:17:25 AM

no, kalil never worked with the first team. hangartner played left guard when wahle moved to tackle. hartwig stayed at center. what practice were you watching?

Posted by: deez | Jul 29, 2007 12:37:36 PM

no, kalil never worked with the first team. hangartner played left guard when wahle moved to tackle. hartwig stayed at center. what practice were you watching?

Posted by: deez | Jul 29, 2007 12:38:20 PM

and travel warton was lining up at tight end.

Posted by: Cox Fan | Jul 29, 2007 1:51:58 PM

T. LeVan is 100% correct. No O-line, no O!

Posted by: S.H. | Jul 30, 2007 2:47:19 PM

6 wins will?if u know any thing about this team & what we have/smitty,pep,health,etc.and oh yeah,no 3rd &7 drawplays u would know we are winning 12& back 2 get my team wants//a championship!!!!!!!

Posted by: james | Jul 30, 2007 8:34:17 PM

That sounds about right. For the first half of the season. Go Will. Anywhere but here.

Posted by: S.H. | Jul 30, 2007 9:48:58 PM

Panther World our key, period, is to get into the season and the first game without any injuries...Seems like when that first game comes and someone big gets hurt, heads start to drop, past years Saints and Falcons. We get past the first game its On Like POp Pop Pop Pocorn. Look at history, we are looking at a possible 11-5/12-4 season. Which I think we wont loss that many... Me personally, I think that we may contend like the Colts have the past years with Undefeated starts. I indeed feel coming off bye week7, Home game against the Defending Champs will mark our year, which will be the best game scheduled, besides maybe Phili and Miini, Pitt and Cinn and Packs and Broncos...but anywayz I think the both of us will be undefeated going into that game...Stand the test of time...Panthers know that for 2 to 3 years now we have given the NFC away, possibly the Championship. Grant it no one could stop the Colts last yr, but we can handle them and besides now know what all there cabable of(Manning)its manning baby, "get to him" we have the D' to do that to him and anyone else at that matter, we are goming to come at teams from start to finish and go home and get ready for the next week. Business, avengence...the league is going to think we are possessed...we're taking over!!!

what is up with the Hurney and Beason situation, get him into camp, we cant take steps back when we have just now got caught up alittle from a bismal off season lack of push...get him into camp so we all know our weaknesses and strengths....get it done and be on one accord. Arizona here we come!

Posted by: Dee | Jul 31, 2007 1:59:57 PM

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