July 28, 2008
Monday morning observations
The Panthers practiced Monday morning and will go again this evening at 6:40. Looks like they'll miss the worst of the day's heat. Temperatures remained mild by the time they wrapped up the morning practice.
-- Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad sat out what was a very physical morning practice. He's not hurt; the Panthers just want to keep his 35-year-old body refreshed as training camp progresses.
-- Right guard Keydrick Vincent, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, practiced with the first team. Toniu Fonoti, another free agent, had been with the first team when training camp opened. Coach John Fox said not to read anything into it and no decision has been made. They're just getting Vincent a look with the other starters.
-- Quarterback Jake Delhomme had a little fun with safety Chris Harris. After scrambling and completing a sideline pass to Ryne Robinson with Harris in his face, Delhomme playfully yelled "First down!" at Harris and patted him on the helmet.
-- It's always interesting to see how intricate these practices are. Tight ends coach Geep Chryst threw passes to his players, who were lined up in a two-tight end set. There was also a passing drill Sunday afternoon that was defended only by three linebackers and two safeties.
-- When flags were thrown before one play because of an offside call (yes,they use officials during practice), Delhomme and tight end Jeff King were the only players who kept going. It added up to a long completion over the middle from Delhomme to King.
-- Julius Peppers looked good during a rushing drill. He bull-rushed Jordan Gross to get to the quarterback dummy on one play, then used a lightning-quick spin move to get past Gross on another.
-- Linebacker Adam Seward got a little too aggressive in his tackling (defenders can hit, but not wrap up and bring a ball carrier to the ground at this stage of camp), earning him a mild rebuke from coach John Fox.
More to come later today, including this evening after the day's second practice.
-- David Scott
Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM | Permalink
Thanks for the info/context on the Seward hit, I was wondering what Smitty was yelling about in the pictures from practice.
Posted by: C | Jul 28, 2008 9:18:51 PM
It's great to hear that Peppers is dominating in camp. But does that mean he has gotten better, or is it that Jordan Gross is having problems adusting to the left side. A clip from Panthers.com shows Gross being swung around like a rag doll from Peppers' left to Peppers right. I can't tell if he got help from Gross doing that. another words, is Gross still trying to set his feet facing right (which is ideal playing as a RT, but leaves the inside lane straight to the QB wide open now that he's back at LT) or did Julius have enough strength to acutually uproot Jordan and swing him around to the other side?
Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 28, 2008 11:28:38 PM
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