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July 27, 2008

Early Sunday camp update

There's only one practice today -- a nice, hot, mid-summer, mid-afternooner starting around 3:10.

Players lifted weights and had meetings this morning. Now (around  noon), they're enjoying lunch.

-- A few moments ago, safety Chris Harris shared with reporters that he worked out in the offseason with his former Chicago Bears teammate, wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad.

Harris said he hopes he's as fit at age 35 as Muhammad is now. Harris said he marveled this summer at Muhammad being able to bench press 375 pounds eight times. Now, that's strong. No wonder Muhammad is such a good blocker.

-- The only injury so far in camp is running back Nick Goings' ankle sprain. Goings is wearing a walking boot on his right leg. No word yet on how serious the injury is. It must not be too bad, though. Goings hurt the ankle in Saturday morning's practice and tried to participate in warmup drills in the evening workout, but was unable to do so. As a result, he was driven back to the locker room on a cart.

-- Smart move by the Panthers not to push Jonathan Stewart's return to practice. He's participating only once a day when the team has two-a-day practices. There's no reason to push him harder given the fact that he last practiced in November at Oregon and has recently recovered from turf toe surgery.

-- Speaking of Stewart, Harris was impressed with the running of Stewart and DeAngelo Williams on Saturday. He noted that they both made some nice cuts.

We'll have more later today and throughout camp. Hope you enjoy your Sunday.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 27, 2008 at 12:03 PM | Permalink


I enjoy your updates,Charles, you are a true professional. After spending some time at camp yesterday, I feel even better about the team. The competition looks fierce. We should be a much improved team from last year. Go Panthers!!!

Posted by: Mr. Positive | Jul 27, 2008 12:43:47 PM

Thank you for the updates Charles. I wish I could attend camp however your reporting is appreciated.

Posted by: Terry M | Jul 27, 2008 12:55:13 PM

Thanks, Charles. As a Panthers fan living in NYC, I regularly starve for Panthers news. These updates are great.

Posted by: Matt R | Jul 27, 2008 1:02:06 PM

Here's hoping Goings' ankle is the only injury concern we'll be dealing with during the pre-season. I seriously doubt it, but a man can hope.

Posted by: Christian | Jul 27, 2008 1:10:52 PM

All this stuff is great! updates! however THe biggest!!! question (and I know this can't be answered fully until game time) but PLEASE! tell us..the D-line (primarly) our DE's are rushing the passer well?? or beating the tackle!...(especially peppers) and how are DT's are doing....This is the biggest question mark on this team right now with all the others..if our D-line is one of the worst! in the league again (we have no reason to believe it won't be) then it will be hard! to make the playoffs again

Posted by: Cheven | Jul 27, 2008 1:34:08 PM

Pep will be good this year

Trust me when I tell you that

As far as the whole line, idk. I know for sure Lewis is a good pass rushing DT

Brayton is questionable because it only been one day. But, to me he's just not good. There is a reason he didnt do anything in Oakland. But we'll see

Hopefully, Fox stop being hardheaded as he used to be, and will start getting Taylor ready. Speed at DE works great these days. Dont wait too long till its too late

Posted by: Makaveli | Jul 27, 2008 1:51:15 PM

Aha...Peppers will just all of a sudden be good? Don't worry about backing up that statement or anything.

Lewis may be a good pass-rusher, but if we're really going to use him as a three-down lineman, our rush D is really going to suffer.

Was there a reason Randy Moss didn't do anything in Oakland?

Hilee Taylor will never be a successful NFL DE at 235. If speed was the key for DEs, LaDanian Tomlinson would be a 20-sack Pro Bowler there.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 27, 2008 3:40:03 PM

Procton- perhaps people have information about Peppers that hasn't been made available to you. Despite your love affair with yourself, it is possible that other people have access to information before you do.

Ask Elvis Dumervil in Denver about speed not being enough and size being the deciding factor in one's career. As a matter of fact, you should have asked Sam Mills.

Posted by: John | Jul 27, 2008 4:52:41 PM


You're asking "(how well) the D-line (primarly) our DE's are rushing the passer well?? or beating the tackle!...(especially peppers)". I think Peppers will be good as well based on one thing. If you flip a coin 6 times and get heads 6 times and tails once, what do you think it will be on the next flip heads or tails? Peppers had one bad season that's he's fully expected to bounce back from.

As for Taylor, you have to keep in mind two things, one, he's a rookie, and two he's probably not 235 at this point probably more like 245 (although he's listed at 250 on panthers.com). Keeping in mind those things it wouldn't be out of the question for him to put on 10 or 15 pounds over a year and play anywhere from 255-265 and there are guys in that range that play very well at the defensive end position.

Posted by: simplystated | Jul 27, 2008 5:04:36 PM

From where I was sitting on the hill at camp, I had a good view of the defensive line. They were playing with passion and pressuring the quarterbacks. I couldn't believe how much bigger Peppers looked this year than last year. Don't write the defense off, it will be a good year. I guarantee it!!!

Posted by: Mr. Positive | Jul 27, 2008 8:55:59 PM

Primary compelling reason for why Peppers will be better this year...it's a contract year for him. Second reason, he's heard the criticism. If he's got any intention of responding to it, he'll let his play on the field demonstrate it. Third reason, he's going back to the natural position he played in college at RDE. Fourth reason, everyone's saying he's come in great shape!

Combine those factors together, and despite Procton's greatest pessimism, I think Peppers will do okay. Maybe not Pro Bowl calibre given that he'll be going up against premier LTs now. But likely good enough to anchor the D-line for us this season. Frankly, I'm much more worried about the rest of D-line play than what Peppers will do.

Posted by: NSpicer | Jul 27, 2008 9:37:22 PM

It's almost like being there. Thanks for these types of updates.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 28, 2008 12:41:13 AM

Elvis Dumervil: 5-11, 260.
Hilee Taylor: 6-3, 240.

There's a big difference between short and small.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 28, 2008 8:50:39 AM

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