August 18, 2010
And that's a wrap
If you're about to get on Interstate 85 in the northbound lanes, I'd advise to clear the left lane, because there's an armada of luxury sedans and SUVs coming your way.
The Panthers ended training camp with a two-hour practice in shorts and shoulder pads Wednesday morning, putting a bow on their 16th camp at Wofford College.
There wasn't much different about the session, except for the relieved look on a lot of faces as they left.
This camp, whether it was all the new faces or not, had a different energy than past years. With so much competition for jobs, practices were edgier, though there were only about two real fights.
As for the particulars of the last one:
-- CBs Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall were out with what were termed excused, personal absences. Panthers coach John Fox said both would be back on the practice field tomorrow in Charlotte.
DTs Ed Johnson (elbow) and Louis Leonard (rest) were also held out of the final workout.
Coupled with SS Sherrod Martin's absence (groin strain) the Panthers were without three of the four players in the starting secondary, and the likely starting defensive tackles.
-- WR Steve Smith continued to do just enough to be noticed, running a few routes before kicking back for the day. At one point, he was stretched out on the trainers table, looking like he was about to take a nap.
-- One of the final plays of team drills was a nice one for WR Armanti Edwards, who caught a well-placed pass in the corner of the end zone from QB Hunter Cantwell.
-- The TV crews coming to get video of rookie hazing were disappointed. Other than DE Greg Hardy getting an obligatory bucket of Gatorade dumped on him, there wasn't much to look at.
Which is fine. This team is so new, even the old guys are young, so what's the point?
That'll take care of me for this morning. Be back in Charlotte with more, later.
As the great CB Eric Davis once said: "No offense to the Woffordites and the Spartanburgians, but it's time to go home."
—- Darin Gantt
Posted by Observer Sports on August 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM | Permalink
Darin, Great Job.. I have enjoyed all of your blogs during camp. Thank you...!!
Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Aug 18, 2010 12:36:05 PM
Great work, Daren. You have single-handedly improved the Panther coverage in the Observer. Look forward to reading your regular season coverage.
Posted by: Doug | Aug 18, 2010 12:55:11 PM
Thanks Darin, Your training camp coverage has been awesome and has got me reading the observer again.
Posted by: D-Gant Fan | Aug 18, 2010 1:06:09 PM
I think Darin put that last comment in himself. Otherwise I think we've got a stalker on our hands.
Posted by: CPPRO | Aug 18, 2010 1:13:21 PM
You mean nobody got taped to a goal post? That's the best part of camp, and Panther rookies have always been a good sport about it.
And thinking about that conjures up images of Dez Bryant trying to fight DeMarcus Ware and some other Cowboys lineman to keep from getting taped to a goal post....
Posted by: J | Aug 18, 2010 1:14:41 PM
wooohooo!! Now let the games begin!!
Posted by: Chuck | Aug 18, 2010 1:23:55 PM
Posted by: appgrad04 | Aug 18, 2010 1:26:48 PM
Posted by: appgrad04 | Aug 18, 2010 1:26:48 PM
Nearly all of these comments must be from App St fans.
Posted by: Aaron | Aug 18, 2010 1:59:43 PM
What gives you that idea, Aaron? lol...
Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Aug 18, 2010 2:46:12 PM
Hey Darin I would have like to known more about how Hilee Taylor camp has been and do you think he will be on the final roster and get to play this year he could be a linebacker .Also what about McCain, and Stanford but other than that Good Job!
Posted by: pantherfan42 | Aug 18, 2010 4:37:51 PM
I'm glad there was minimal rookie hazing.
The veteran that thought about Tim Tebowing Armanti's dreds? Cut.
Posted by: clayton | Aug 18, 2010 4:52:50 PM
Good job on the coverage Darin. Now let the games begin!
Posted by: pepperssuxhardyrulz | Aug 18, 2010 4:57:28 PM
D. Jarrett is going to be in the Pro Bowl this year with 893 yrds. 9 TD's
Posted by: Todd | Aug 18, 2010 5:36:46 PM
No wonder there was no rookie hazing. The only veteran strong enough to tape a rookie to a goal post is Brayton -- and he has a busted ankle!
Posted by: Larry Harris | Aug 18, 2010 6:08:03 PM
Of all the plays that happened at camp today, the "one" that stood out to Darin Gantt was an Armanti Edwards play.
Posted by: The Man | Aug 19, 2010 12:08:43 AM
Roarrrrrrrrrrr... Get ready for our second superbowl run...WE READY.....
Posted by: BigKATboi | Aug 19, 2010 1:41:22 AM
The Observer is heaven for an Armanti Edwards fan, they should consider renaming the blog "The Appalachian." Now if only Jerry Moore will replace Fox and we can sign Kevin Richardson and Richie Williams...
Posted by: Aaron | Aug 19, 2010 11:00:57 AM
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