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August 17, 2010

Tuesday update: 25 down

    One to go.

    After wrapping up Tuesday's afternoon session, another humid self-baster, the Panthers have one practice left before camp ends, tomorrow at 9 a.m.

    This one was like many of the others, fast-paced and physical, part of the by-product of having so many young players running around trying to win jobs.

    Here's a few of the highlights:

    -- A day after being promoted from the physically unable to perform list, WR Steve Smith wasn't dressed for practice. He was in shorts instead of full pads like his teammates, but still ran a few routes during individual drills. He's kind of stubborn that way, the kind of guy who'll refuse an offered day off on principle.

    -- SS Sherrod Martin was unable to finish practice with a groin strain. Coach John Fox had no other update on his condition.

    This came after Martin made a great play on a deep ball to WR Dwayne Jarrett, streaking in at the last moment to break up the play.

    Veteran DB Marcus Hudson replaced him with the starters. Hudson figures to be a mainstay on special teams, but also a factor on defense, as they've already discussed him in some of the hybrid roles CB Dante Wesley used to play.

    -- WR Trent Guy had his hands on back-to-back touchdown passes, but only caught one of them.

    The first was a blazer from QB Hunter Cantwell, that skidded off his fingertips and right to WR Oliver Young. On the next play, the defense lost Guy streaking across the back of the end zone, and he caught a much easier pass for the score.

    -- Several nice plays by FS Charles Godfrey Tuesday, including a pick of a QB Matt Moore pass during two-minute work.

    Godfrey's quietly emerged as a player, and provides the kind of athletic center fielder they need back there.

    -- RB DeAngelo Williams was back after taking a few days for the birth of his child, and popped off a few nice runs in team drills to celebrate. We haven't talked much about Williams this camp, but that's mostly because he's such a steady, excellent player that he's nearly taken for granted.

-— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on August 17, 2010 at 05:30 PM | Permalink


Congradulations "Double..!"

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 17, 2010 6:30:02 PM

I know he won't see this, but congratulations to Williams!

Posted by: Mav | Aug 17, 2010 6:41:45 PM

Congratulations to D. Williams' entry into Fatherhood. Especially, our prayers that his newborn be healthy and as talented as his/her Dad. Now go out and show everyone in the NFL that "you are the man" who doesn't need all that hype to know who you are.

Posted by: Smitty | Aug 17, 2010 7:16:04 PM

Always a little sad when they break camp

Posted by: Steven | Aug 17, 2010 8:01:29 PM

Okay, it took several days of Darin playing detective to find out that 'personal reasons' was 'birth of child'. How many days will it take to determine if the 'child' is a boy or a girl?

Or do we all just have to wait for the Panther's PR staff to announce it in order for someone to report it?

Posted by: Authority | Aug 17, 2010 8:29:26 PM

Yea Steve, cause when they come back here we won't be able to see over the Cedar St. fence. I ain't mad, I'm just saying.......

Posted by: nasty 704 | Aug 17, 2010 9:29:17 PM

Sorenson, I have been saying all along how wrong all the "experts" are when it comes to the D-line. I knew Greg Hardy would be Poopers replacement the day they drafted him. I also have been saying how underrated Tyler Brayton is and that he would have a monster season (barring injury). Finally, I knew Norwood would play the "Elephant-rusher/hybrid" role and do well at it (something that they have been lacking). Finally, I knew the middle would not be that bad off, and was being grossly underrated (since every expert on this planet was saying how weak and young they were). Throw in a healthy competition between Everette Brown and Charles Johnson (which may end up being for backup roles by the end of preaseason if Hardy continues to play at that level), and this D-Line will be muuuch better than when Julius Poopers (the one-man organization sabatoger).

I do understand that it was only one preseason game and that some were caught by surprise (so other teams may now be expecting those performances), but this "comittee" of players is just too good of a collection to report what all the said experts have been putting out there, nevermind writing them off completely. BTW, I nailed the record last year with a zero margin of error and I don't mind going on the record now (again) by saying this will be a 10-6 season and they will make a deep run into the playoffs, while being underrated the entire time.


Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 18, 2010 1:34:03 AM

Authority, I knew why he was out the day he was first out. Sometimes you give a guy a minute to make sure everything's OK. And I can tell you exactly what they had: A baby. Beyond that, does it matter?

Posted by: Darin Gantt | Aug 18, 2010 8:16:13 AM

Yeah get em Gantt. HELL YEAH

Posted by: CPPRO | Aug 18, 2010 1:15:36 PM

Yeah get em Gantt. HELL YEAH

Posted by: CPPRO | Aug 18, 2010 1:15:36 PM

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