Funniest play at Carolina Panther practice at Bank of America Stadium Thursday: Jimmy Clausen drops back to pass and rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepts him. Kuechly runs down the left side toward the end zone.
Nobody is between the rookie and the end zone. But wait. Cam Newton, who is sitting out the play, chases. As Newton attempts to run Kuechly down, Newton tries to put on his helmet. Even when he's getting dressed, Newton is fast.
As Newton multi-tasks, Kuechly scores. Linebacker Jon Beason runs up and gives Kuechly, a fellow middle linebacker, a hug.
More than 5,000 fans show up on a day perfect for football or anything else.
Running back Jonathan Stewart grabs the ball over the middle and, with two quick steps, loses the defenders around him. I've seen Stewart do this twice. He looks especially quick.
Tight end Joe Jon Finley, a tight end from Oklahoma, beats linebacker James Anderson deep. Ninety percent of guys named Joe Jon are from Oklahoma, Texas or Arkansas.
Linebacker Jason Williams plays beautiful defense and breaks up a pass to running back Armond Smith.
Excellent defensive by cornerback Josh Thomas, who played at Buffalo, to stuff receiver Lamont Bryant over the middle.
Players are applauded when they hit tackling dummies. Fans come looking for a reason to cheer.
On a pass that has to be perfect to work, Clausen hits Armanti Edwards on the right side.
Special teams coach Brian Murphy sticks a football in a red bucket full of water and soap, and long snapper J.J. Jansen snaps the ball to holder Brad Nortman, the rookie punter from Wisconsin. After a few minutes the ball looks as if it has gone through a car wash and nobody has taken time to dry it. Interesting drill on a sunny day.
Josh Norman, the rookie cornerback out of Coastal Carolina, continues to look good. Although he was a fifth-round pick, the question isn't whether he will make the team. The question is whether he will start opposite Chris Gamble.
Rookies who also have been impressive: receivers Rico Wallace from Shenandoah and Jared Green from Southern and defensive tackle Nate Chandler from UCLA.