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July 31, 2010

Saturday night special: Smith catches pass

    Saturday's night's practice was interesting on several levels, many of them on the fringes of the practice field itself.

    The Panthers practiced inside Wofford's Gibbs Stadium, turning the evening in to their "Back to Football" party, which included a band, cheerleaders and lots of fun for kids. It was a neat event, further evidence of the team reaching out a bit more this camp.


    As for the football, the most interesting sight was WR Steve Smith catching a few passes from assistant trainer Mark Shermansky, and using that broken left arm to do so.

    If you're looking for signs that Smith's going to be OK for the regular season opener, this might have been a decent one.


    -- Though the practice was in shorts, they turned it into something resembling a live scrimmage, and there was plenty of passing to fire fans up. Maybe the prettiest pass of the night was backup QB Hunter Cantwell hitting his old Louisville teammate TE Gary Barnidge for a touchdown pass. 

    RB Mike Goodson also continued to excel in open spaces, but as you'll read in tomorrow's paper, he's doing some of the dirty work that'll get him on the field more often as well.

    WR Brandon LaFell continued a strong camp with several nice downfield plays, and CB Captain Munnerlyn had an acrobatic interception.

    WR Armanti Edwards had a better night, but the last time he was in Gibbs Stadium went OK as well. In Appalachian State's 44-34 win here in 2009, he went 27-of-34 passing for 415 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to rally his team from a 14-point deficit. 


    -- CB Richard Marshall sat out the night practice with a sore back, and should be fine.

    More serious appeared to be CB Marcus Walker, who was hauled off the field on a cart after a right leg injury. They didn't update Walker's condition after the practice.


    -- The Panthers also announced that their game against the Chicago Bears was the first to sell out.

    Apparently, the Chris Harris fan club was out in force. Or maybe people want to see that Other Guy who used to play here.

    Fewer than 2,000 tickets remain for home games against Baltimore, Cincinnati and New Orleans.

— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2010 at 09:11 PM | Permalink


Does "the other guy" own a porsche too or not? I could have sworn I saw him driving one and turning towards the stadium in downtown Charlotte. I saw the silouette and the ears were unmistakably his, but you never know.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jul 31, 2010 10:50:56 PM

What is it with a porsche? Does it matter to anyone if Peppers drives a porsche? Also i hate to complain but do we really care what Edwards did in his last game in Wofford? He wasnt playing in the NFL then, he wasnt plying in any role that he will be playing in for the Panthers, so it doesnt make sense to bring that up. One more question, Will tomorrows paper article you mentioned be posted online as well?

Posted by: MrBernz | Jul 31, 2010 11:01:01 PM

Shut up u guys are a bunch of losers

Posted by: falconsfan1 | Jul 31, 2010 11:08:12 PM

mrbernz I think that was a very relevant observation about Edwards, you must have went to western carolina, a**hole !

Posted by: Elliot Motaleb | Jul 31, 2010 11:16:09 PM

You think Edwards playing as qb in college and winning a game at that college is relevant to him playing in the nfl as a receiver & punt returner? What an imbecile you are. I got nothing against Edwards but i am not sucking his nuts like you are.

Posted by: MrBernz | Jul 31, 2010 11:48:58 PM

If anyone is not familiar with Mr.Bernz he/she is a PUNK! Mrs. I would imagine (with the Sissy cat image) Plain and simple!! Why he/she is here now and not posting on the articles???

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Aug 1, 2010 12:22:24 AM

It was pretty nice being on the Bobcats side, where everyone got to give their opinion and even Vent... And not get blasted by everyone.

We all want the same thing and trying to "THINK!" you are the only one that "gets it", is stupid!! Being passionate is what we are, but Let Everyone Have their Gripe, Without being, beat down!

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Aug 1, 2010 12:30:46 AM

Darin, I dont have a twitter but I really hope you can answer this one question.

I'm interested to know who's leading in the race for Dime back.

I remember a few years ago, C.J. Wilson was the man to eventually rival Marshall and/or Gamble. But with the 3-4 DBs drafted and the 3-4 DBs picked up in free agency, Is he the forgotten man? Or has he impressed in camp?

Posted by: turtleman_jr | Aug 1, 2010 12:55:33 AM

Well, not one question but ya know what I meant.

Posted by: turtleman_jr | Aug 1, 2010 12:56:36 AM

Well, if you don't have a twitter, shame on you, and you can't be my friend.

OK, not really. During training camp, I'm the world's friend.

They've actually got some options there. Wilson's still the 4th guy, but they could use Marcus Hudson and Chris Gamble was saying really nice things about the two 7th-round rookies, McClain and Stanford. We'll have more on those guys soon.

Posted by: Darin Gantt | Aug 1, 2010 8:14:23 AM

What about D. Jarrtett? A Bust???

Posted by: Todd | Aug 1, 2010 8:38:42 AM

Darin, thanks for all of the updates from camp. I can't make it down there this year. But your observations and comments are appreciated from this Panthers die-hard fan. Please keep up the good work, looking forward to your next article.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Aug 1, 2010 1:01:20 PM

@ Darin Gannt

Ill definitely look into getting a twitter account. Figured it would simply be a 15-minute fad like myspace and newspapers (had to sneak that in there) lol

Appreciate the response. Cant wait to get your observation from future practices. They even manage to get pessimistic fans like me excited for the upcoming season.

Posted by: turtleman_jr | Aug 2, 2010 3:27:17 AM

Plain and simple!! Why he/she is here now and not posting on the articles???

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Aug 1, 2010 12:22:24 AM
Did that comment make any sense to anyone else?

Posted by: MrBernz | Aug 2, 2010 3:29:02 PM

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