Within hours after wrapping up their minicamp Thursday, the Carolina Panthers’ players and coaches started scattering for family vacations before they reconvene in a month.
Most of them, anyway.
Quarterback Cam Newton will remain in Charlotte for much of the next four weeks to continue the rehab on his surgically repaired left ankle, the status of which will be the focus of the early part of training camp.
Newton made a surprise appearance at Thursday’s practice, throwing in three 7-on-7 segments in his most extensive action since his March 19 surgery.
He leads the list of 20 observations from Panthers’ organized team activities:
Interpretation: That’s why we drafted him. Benjamin’s size is impressive, and he immediately upgrades the Panthers’ red-zone passing attack.