May 27, 2010
Thursday OTA update: More for Moore
The Panthers opened the full-team portion of their OTA season Thursday (after spending the first three days on nothing but the passing game), but there are still new wrinkles aplenty.
There was a segment of the session devoted to a four-wide receiver offense, something that's always been behind the "in case of emergency, break glass," section of the playbook.
With all the youth at quarterback and receiver, it's going to be a continual learning process, and they're still in the very early stages of introducing what QB Matt Moore called some "new concepts." We'll have more on that, and Moore, in tomorrow's paper.
As for the other notes of the day:
-- While LT Jordan Gross (broken leg) and LB Thomas Davis (ACL) are healthy enough to work individual drills, they're not yet up to doing all the team work.
So for the team drills Thursday, their places were taken by Garry Williams and Jamar Williams, respectively.
Garry hung around last year as an undrafted rookie but didn't get a uniform until guys started getting hurt, and he's in better position to stay this year. He's one of the second-year guys who's arrived in great shape, looking much more like an NFL blocker than he did a year ago.
Jamar was the other half of the Chris Harris trade, but he may end up much more than a throw-in. At the very least, he gives them a legitimate fifth linebacker, and that's something I'm not sure they had before.
-- Several nice grabs during the passing drills. WR Wallace Wright, who was brought here to help special teams, climbed the ladder and made a nice catch. Say this for Wright, he may never be a vital cog to the offense, but he has better hands than long-time special teamer Karl Hankton.
There was also a highlight-reel grab by Armanti Edwards, but those are becoming more common with each practice.
-- Speaking of common, RB Jonathan Stewart was on an exercise bike for much of the day.
You'd be tempted to make fun of the fact he never practices, but until he misses game time (which he hasn't so far), it would ring kind of hollow.
-- CB Richard Marshall stayed away to prove a point, but he's back making plays now, coming up with an interception of a deep Moore pass to Steve Smith.
— Darin Gantt
Posted by Observer Sports on May 27, 2010 at 12:09 PM | Permalink
Great....Matt Moore throwing picks!! Put in Clausen!
Posted by: Antonio | May 27, 2010 12:32:58 PM
Calm down Darin, the new car smell should wear off of Armanti any day now. Or maybe not...
Posted by: Steven | May 27, 2010 1:23:15 PM
Why is PFT reporting the firing a vital scout, and this paper not writing anything?
Posted by: Steven | May 27, 2010 1:24:10 PM
Steven, you must be new to the area...the observer won't report on this until next week. Or maybe not at all.
Posted by: Dan | May 27, 2010 1:36:14 PM
don't be stupid please, it's team drill that's what's suppose to happen. part of the "act" so to speak
Posted by: Antonio is an ass | May 27, 2010 1:37:13 PM
Posted by: Michael Procton | May 27, 2010 1:53:50 PM
Great to see them branching out in the passing game. Keep us posted on if they do run a decent amount of plays with Edwards in the slot, please.
Posted by: andy | May 27, 2010 2:26:47 PM
OK enough of this nonsense. What did Jake do today?
Posted by: JAY | May 27, 2010 3:03:31 PM
So Marshall intercepted a deep pass to Smith, how many did he get burned on? If youre going to announce 1 play you have to give us the 1 out of how many story. How many deep throws were there to his side, how many short ones to his side, you know? Is there a site we can go to & watch the practices? I live in N.J. & cant make it there to watch but i would like to see the plays, like the highlight of Edwards you spoke of.
Posted by: MrBernz | May 27, 2010 3:25:18 PM
You may not hear this much but, I really respect your opinion on Armanti Edwards and am looking forward to more analysis. Some people may fail to realize that you may be on to something here. Keep it up!
I don't follow the college game much at all so your insight is very helpful. We could be looking at a future NFL great here but me as an NFL fan wouldn't see it until preseason. Thanks.-Ripp
Posted by: ripp | May 27, 2010 4:04:57 PM
Armanti Edwards is a superstar. People were talking about Tim Tebow this & Tim Tebow that. Armanti Edwards out-classed everything Tebow did as a QUARTERBACK. I can only imagine what Edwards can do when he's focused on "catch the ball & run!!!" He's going to show all you nay-sayers! Just youtube some of his AppState hi-lights & you'll see what I'm talking about.
Posted by: That Guy | May 27, 2010 5:14:40 PM
Procton being back is about exciting as a hemorridal flairup.
Posted by: jt | May 27, 2010 10:18:16 PM
LMAO!!!! Thank you Charlotteans for brightening an otherwise horrendous week with your comments!
Posted by: superlucchic | May 27, 2010 11:21:11 PM
Thanks Darin! This was great! Loved the enthusiasm so much, I'm stoked about the upcoming season.
Posted by: SYRPIS | May 27, 2010 11:56:28 PM
Has Kenny Moore looked good at OTA's? Any word on what is causing Jonathan Stewart to be on the bike instead of the field? Can you give us a summary of how each QB looked during their time taking snaps, throws, completions, Int's and drops by recievers also?
Posted by: Sect523 | May 28, 2010 10:32:44 AM
Procton's back, who cares.........
Posted by: Nasty704 | Jun 6, 2010 5:40:25 PM
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