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August 03, 2010

Tuesday update: Hot in here

    OK, yes, we are in fact in Spartanburg.

    After being spoiled the past three days, the heat was back on, and the Panthers went through their most intense practice in a few.

    Part of that's because they went so light yesterday, and it was a bit of a grind because of the reduced numbers.

    They started the afternoon without 14 players (including six starters), and two more went on the report before the end of the day.

    OL C.J. Davis and S Aaron Francisco were with the trainers at the end, though coach John Fox wasn't sure what for. 

    If Davis is set to miss any time, they're going to have to get some more blockers in here like they did running backs.

    LT Jordan Gross (old, and relatively speaking, he is) got the day off, and that left second-year man Garry Williams to work there with the starters.

    And the twos. 

    And the threes. 

    After about an hour, they used backup RT Rob Petitti on the left a bit, but not before Williams had already put in a day's work.

    With Gross and RT Jeff Otah (PUP) out, they were down to 12 healthy blockers to start the day, which means the second and third teams do not look much different.

    -- New to the injury report Tuesday was CB Chris Gamble (knee). He and WR Brandon LaFell

collided the other night, and LaFell missed a day. Gamble was walking around earlier in the day with a huge bag of ice taped to his left knee.

    CB Richard Marshall (back) was also out, giving a lot of work to backups Captain Munnerlyn and C.J. Wilson -- and we've now reached our two-C.J. per blog limit.

     -- Interesting to note that when they worked on three-WR packages, Wallace Wright was always involved with the ones. Makes sense, since you know he's going to be active on game days for his special teams ability and you might as well have him ready.

    -- WR Trent Guy (West Charlotte), who was having a good camp, was held out because of a hamstring strain, and could miss a few days.

    The undersized speedster had caught the eye of coaches already, which is impressive since many undrafted rookies are anonymous to coaches without their jersey numbers visible.

    "Hey, ... you. Nice catch, buddy."

    -- Working through some two-minute stuff Tuesday, the second and third (the order flops from period to period) QBs each looked good. 

    Jimmy Clausen and Hunter Cantwell took turns making plays, which will make it interesting to see how both develop over the preseason.

—- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on August 3, 2010 at 05:46 PM | Permalink

Comments

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Posted by: Bryan | Aug 3, 2010 6:37:32 PM

Sorry for being a tool

Posted by: Bryan | Aug 3, 2010 6:48:10 PM

@Darin, thank you for the update on the Panthers..Keep up the good work,,

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Aug 3, 2010 7:37:24 PM

Darin, overall how are special teams looking? They cost the Panthers a lot of field position last year, so we're hoping for an upgrade.

Posted by: Ron | Aug 3, 2010 9:08:44 PM

Darin, how is Smitty dealing with having braces and a mouth guard?

Posted by: SSGPat | Aug 3, 2010 9:48:06 PM

Good to hear about Jordan Gross. Glad he's back. We need the two bookends healthy.

Posted by: CPPRO | Aug 4, 2010 7:49:54 AM

Does Petitti make the team?

Posted by: jimmy | Aug 20, 2010 12:34:40 PM

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