The question I hear most about the Carolina Panthers minicamp last weekend is, "How did the Panthers look?"
I thought they looked great. But I always think they look great at the first camp. I like seeing the new guys and the old guys coming together. I like the NFL. I can’t help it.
Who stood out?
Defensive end Mike Rucker looked like he spent the offseason lifting weights and running sprints. He’s lean.
New defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu is not. He is 6-foot-5 and 350 pounds. There’s no "i" in Kemoeatu, but there is eat. He’s the first player in Panthers history who makes 6-4, 335-pound defensive tackle Kris Jenkins look small. Love to see him and Jenkins on the line at the same time. Love to see Jenkins on the line two games into the season. We forget how good he was.
The most impressive players I saw were receivers Steve Smith and Drew Carter. I told you Carter is going to be a star.
"He’s playing with so much confidence," Smith said. "I call him, Little Droop."
"You know, Little Droop," says Smith.