Cam Newton had his best practice Thursday night, and Jimmy Clausen might have had his. Clausen hit Wallace Wright with a perfect pass in the left corner of the end zone. Newton hit Charly Martin over the middle and hit tight end Greg Olsen deep over the middle.
Olsen looked like the tight end the Panthers have never had. He ran short, deep and to the sideline, and always seemed a step ahead of the defender.
It was only a practice. But if you were there, you might have allowed yourself to think that the offense, the lesser component of this team, looked pretty good.