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July 31, 2010

Saturday morning observations

    Can't ask for anything better weather-wise than what the Panthers had Saturday morning, a cool, overcast day with a nice downpour about halfway through. Probably never got over 85.

    The action of the field was hotter, however, as they're working more of blitz and blitz pickup, throwing more new information at the team

    -- WR Charly Martin with the first bad break of camp. The fringe prospect, who has quietly impressed, suffered a broken finger and had surgery to repair it Saturday morning in Charlotte.

    Coach John Fox described him as week-to-week, which means we won't see him again in Spartanburg. (Fox also mentioned that yes he knew which finger, but wasn't going to share.)

    Martin's got great hands and is tireless, but this could kill his chance of hanging around.

    Othwerise, not much new on the injury front. LB Jamar Williams was back after missing a few days with a hamstring, while DE Charles Johnson (hammy) and RB Tyrell Sutton (calf) are still out.


    -- RB Mike Goodson is moving quickly from summer school All-American to actual football player. 

    He floored LB Jon Beason in an individual drill, showing he's picking up the trickiest part of a back's responsibilities. 

    If he's trustworthy there, he could see more playing time on third downs this year.

    -- WR Steve Smith continues his mentorship of the young guys on the side. Today, when he wasn't riding around in a cart with owner Jerry Richardson, he was running on a spare field with G Duke Robinson (conditioning). 

    Steve acts sometimes like it's not important to him, or offended if someone asks, but he quietly has moved into a real leadership role in recent years. 

—- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM | Permalink


Before you all beg for deep analysis, remember the title says observations. Darin, thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

Posted by: Altheus | Jul 31, 2010 12:29:22 PM

Darin and Steve Reed are on this year. The magic of Twitter.

Posted by: Steven | Jul 31, 2010 12:50:29 PM

No word on Geddis! the other WR....

Posted by: Cheven | Jul 31, 2010 1:53:16 PM

What Smitty is doing can only help our team !!!

Posted by: nasty 704 | Jul 31, 2010 3:20:15 PM

What about D. Jarrett? Is he a bust???

Posted by: Todd | Jul 31, 2010 4:34:08 PM

Didn't Poopers have a Porsche?

Good question Cheven.

Darin, do you approach the team with the same synical manner that you report your observations (your comments appear to have a synical tone to them, but tone is difficult to guage on paper so I apologize if I'm off with that assessment)? If so, how do you get any news out of anyone you are interviewing, especially Fox??

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 31, 2010 4:39:00 PM

*cynical for the over-critical ones.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 31, 2010 4:40:14 PM

*cynical for the over-critical ones

Over- critical? Pot meet kettle


Posted by: Richard | Jul 31, 2010 4:59:18 PM

Richard, your comment is making me laugh in Afghanistan.

Thanks for the updates Darin.

I got my fingers crossed that we suprise a lot of people this year.

Posted by: Gut | Jul 31, 2010 6:31:11 PM

I Thought Jerry was driving around a real life Lawn Jockey.

Posted by: Morris | Jul 31, 2010 7:55:18 PM

Thanks for guage, kettle. :)

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 31, 2010 10:49:25 PM

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