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July 28, 2008

How's Jake, D'Lo, Pep, etc.?

Today's first practice starts in about two hours. Here's a few thoughts beforehand:

-- Quarterback Jake Delhomme seems to be doing just fine. The Panthers have set some limits on his practice time, but that's to be expected. He looks at ease under center and sharp on his throws. But he also threw a wild one Sunday (which didn't get intercepted) and someone suggested perhaps his arm was bothering him. No way. That's just Jake. He's a gunslinger, rememember?

-- There's been plenty of talk about Jonathan Stewart, but DeAngelo Williams is really shining so far in camp, too. He's running with lots of zip, and appears to be confident and highly motivated. If this one-two running punch actually works out, it could be something special. By the way, that was a nice moniker linebacker Thomas Davis put on them Saturday -- Thunder (Stewart) and Lightning (Williams).

-- Among the media, we're all wondering when Julius Peppers is going to break his silence. He didn't speak in either of the offseason spring/early summer camps and has been mum so far here in Spartanburg. Peppers has always been quiet and prefers to talk with his actions more than his words. Bottom line is as much as we all want to hear from him, what really matters is whether he has a turnaround season. Peppers is smart enough to know that.

We'll have more after the morning practice.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 28, 2008 at 07:20 AM | Permalink

Comments

I could care less what Peppers does or does not say, as long as he gets the job done on the field, then I think most fans will be content with that

Posted by: matt | Jul 28, 2008 7:38:17 AM

"Thunder and Lightning". How original. How about "Grits and Gravy"? "Freight and Express"? "Grand Slam and Mini-Slam?".

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Jul 28, 2008 8:00:11 AM

We might as well name our running backs after the Clemson combo. After all, they're going to be a beautiful thing in college football this year.

Also, Julius Peppers does need to have a monster season. He is entitled to one screw up season. But I wouldn't be suprised that he gets double-teamed all year long, especially with the others on the defensive line not being decent.

Posted by: Revshawn | Jul 28, 2008 8:10:30 AM

For a DE everyone likes to look at sacks, but that is often times a misleading statistic. Last year Peppers was awful, no getting around that. This season if he bounces back to his dominant self where he requires constant double teams he probably won't put up a huge sack number, but I would be fine with that because it would free up some of the other guys. It would then be on their shoulders to beat their man one-on-one and would also free up some room for blitzers. No matter what though this team will only be as good as its D-line. Games are won in the trenches and if we can't put any pressure on the opposition's QB, any QB in the league will pick us apart.

Posted by: Mason | Jul 28, 2008 8:49:11 AM

I like the name "Bacon and Eggs" or maybe I am just really hungry for breakfast. I do hope Peppers goes out there and shows everyone that it was just a bad season because i know some of the doubters were so called experts and it's fun to see them shut up every once in a while.

Posted by: Orange Chuck | Jul 28, 2008 9:01:04 AM

Revshawn, Grits and Gravy is an awesome nickname for them. I love it!

Posted by: Rob | Jul 28, 2008 9:18:03 AM

Oh sorry, I meant Authorit on Everything.

Posted by: Rob | Jul 28, 2008 9:18:39 AM

how about..... shake and bake?

Posted by: mike | Jul 28, 2008 9:22:25 AM

GRITS and GRAVY!!!!!!

Posted by: Cole | Jul 28, 2008 9:54:56 AM

I sure do hope that people can come up with a term other than "Thunder and Lightning"

Posted by: matt | Jul 28, 2008 10:02:01 AM

SHAKE AND BAKE - That just happened.

Posted by: Billy | Jul 28, 2008 10:03:59 AM

I like PB&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly.)
Stewart is more solid and will stick people up the middle "PB" and Deangelo is slick and likes to squirt outside. "Jelly"
A PB sandwich is good, and a jelly sandwich is alright, but a PB&J.... They just go together.

Cant you just hear the famous "peanut butter jelly time" song playing over the loudspeaker?

If you dont know what I'm talking about look it up on youtube.

Posted by: John in Concord | Jul 28, 2008 10:21:23 AM

I guess that would make hoover the baseball bat?

Posted by: John in Concord | Jul 28, 2008 10:22:57 AM

haha, yeah, I like the idea, but I just dont see ol Jerry signing off on playing that song on the speakers, that would be a riot though

Posted by: matt | Jul 28, 2008 10:27:47 AM

1. Slat(D'Lo) and Splat(JS)
2. Slide and Collide
3. Bap and Bam (think 60's Batman TV)
4. Pebbles and Bam-Bam
5. Crack and Smack (maybe a bit too druggy)
6. Yeti and Sasquatch
7. Snap-Crackle and Pop!

OK, I think that's enough.

Posted by: Ben | Jul 28, 2008 10:32:14 AM

Fan Fest schedule from Panthers.com ( http://www.panthers.com/Common/Article.aspx?id=33798 ):
Event Schedule
Time Event
7:30 a.m. Blue Points 5k Road Race
8:15 a.m. Sir Purr Toddler Trot
9:00 a.m. Catwalk and Fun Zone open
Team Store and Ticket Office open
9:30 a.m. Gates open with team roster card giveaway
Passing and kicking contests begin on the field
10:14 a.m. 2007 Panthers highlight video on PantherVision
10:37 a.m. Welcome from PantherVision
10:38 a.m. TopCats introduction
10:41 a.m. Sir Purr routine
10:43 a.m. TopCats routine
10:45 a.m. Players take field for pre-practice warm-ups
11:00 a.m. Practice begins
1:00 p.m. Practice ends

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 28, 2008 10:37:30 AM

It's a fun event. Free, and they give out the roster card and team photo. Not as intense or personal as training camp (very few autograph opportunities, generally), but you get a chance to be in the BoA, and they usually do a short timed scrimmage.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 28, 2008 11:10:53 AM

How about these names for Williams and Stewart?
"D Will and He Really Will"

Posted by: supercatsfan | Jul 28, 2008 11:42:48 AM

Its D-Lo, and it fits with his size and how low he gets to the ground when he carries the ball.

It's not D-will,just go to the source and ask the man from Arkansas himself,He will tell you the same, It IS DLo........

Good heads up Chuck Chandler,no matter how much these old timers cant accept or change with the times or nicknames that the fits the player/player wants to be called , at least you oblige to that player/person and accept it, thanks for respecting the individual and what they prefer.

Posted by: Ghost of Sparta | Jul 29, 2008 4:58:35 AM

I vote Shock and Awe.

Posted by: huntergates | Jul 29, 2008 7:20:46 AM

Hammer 'n Slammer

It's Hammer time!

Posted by: Raswolfpanther | Jul 29, 2008 9:30:09 AM

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