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June 04, 2014

Cam Newton misses practice for ankle rehab

Five takeaways from the Panthers' fifth OTA practice, which was the second session open to the media:

1-Remember after the mass exodus at the wide receiver position when Dave Gettleman and Ron Rivera said their plan was to get young wideouts Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt on the field more? They weren't lying.

King and McNutt again took a bunch of reps Wednesday, although neither did anything spectacular -- good or bad.

Rivera said he's trying to give players equal reps, particularly at offensive line and receiver, during OTAs so players have a good grasp of the offense once they get to training camp.

2-Don't rule third-year cornerback Josh Norman out yet. The perennial training camp All-Star, who missed a practice last week due to a dental appointment, made a nice break on a Matt Blanchard pass for an interception that he returned the length of the field for a touchdown during 9-on-9s.

Norman worked mostly with the second team along with corner Josh Thomas, while free agent acquisition Antoine Cason and returning starter Melvin White again took the majority of first-team reps at corner.

3-Unlike last week, Cam Newton stayed inside the stadium throughout practice doing rehab on his surgically repaired left ankle. Rivera said Newton's recovery continues to go well, and it was more important for him to do his rehab -- including work on an underwater treadmill -- than to be at practice in a limited role.

There was speculation last week Newton might participate in a more active role during minicamp in two weeks. But the plan, as it has been all along, is to have him ready for training camp.

4-Chris Scott, who started eight games at guard last year, is not in good shape. A week after leaving practice early with heat-related illness, Scott did conditioning throughout Wednesday's two-hour session.

Rivera said he was concerned about the health of Scott, who's listed at 6-4 and 315 pounds but looks heavier than that. Scott signed with the Panthers last summer ... after failing the conditioning test with Buffalo.

5-Just as they did last week, the Panthers flip-flopped Byron Bell and Nate Chandler at left and right tackles.

Rivera cautioned that it's tough to do much evaluating during these shorts-and-helmets practices, so this position battle -- the most critical one on either side of the ball -- figures to play out through the preseason.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 4, 2014 at 01:55 PM | Permalink


I wonder if they'd let me be water boy.

Posted by: marty hurney | Jun 4, 2014 3:06:34 PM

I gave you guys some "guff" yesterday, but today you are on point with breaking news. Good Job Joseph!!

Posted by: Jockodacious Jones | Jun 4, 2014 3:09:09 PM

no story on Armanti getting picked up by the bears? I thought that was the kind of thing you guys would cut and paste and share as an "inside the panthers" exclusive.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 4, 2014 4:09:12 PM

Armanit...can we please never again mention the name of the biggest bust among many busts from the Marty Hurney era?

Posted by: Teddy P | Jun 4, 2014 4:43:58 PM


also Joe, like that fleece you are sporting for the new pic.

Posted by: Teddy P | Jun 4, 2014 4:44:46 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jun 5, 2014 11:15:22 AM

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