The Carolina Panthers officially opened 2019 training camp Thursday with their first practice of the season at Wofford College’s Gibbs Field, and there was good news -- Cam Newton’s shoulder appeared healthy. The Charlotte Observer has you covered throughout training camp with our five-person crew out in Spartanburg that will be providing live coverage of every practice this month.
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5:15 p.m.: Last little note as practice ends: Cole Luke got some work with the first team when the defense went to their nickel package. — Brendan Marks
4:56 p.m.: Cam has a wide-open DJ Moore 40 yards downfield but is way short on the throw. Looked more like he mistimed it rather than a matter of arm strength —he tried to drop it in there instead of really unleashing. ... Another deep ball from Cam: 45 yards in the air this time. Moore sneaks behind the defense and Cam slightly under underthrows it again. Gaulden runs the ball down, bats it away. — Scott Fowler
4:40 p.m.: Terry Godwin getting the first team reps at punt returner today. He’s pretty fluid running with the ball in his hands. — Brendan Marks
4:22 p.m.: A blown coverage allows Greg Olsen to be 15 yards open for the lob from Cam. Kuechly runs over late, obviously perturbed at whatever went wrong. — Scott Fowler
4:08 p.m.: In an all-rookie matchup, Brian Burns blows by Greg Little. Would have had a QB hit on Cam if they were allowed. — Scott Fowler
3:47 p.m.: Really hoping Cameron Artis-Payne gets an honest look this season. He’s shifty on some of these inside runs. That said, Scarlett continues to impress me. Not sure his vision is the best, but he almost looks like he’s gliding across the field when he runs. If his hands keep up .. — Brendan Marks
3:39 p.m.: Guys I’m just one man but Efe Obada definitely still looks explosive, and potentially even stronger than last year. I know there are concerns from some of y’all about how he fits in the 3-4, but he’s got the physical tools/explosion you look for in a down 4-3 DE. — Brendan Marks
3:23 p.m.: It will be interesting to see what Gerald McCoy carries off the field at this practice -- the Panthers’ second of training camp. He said yesterday that once team begins wearing pads for camp he carries other guys’ pads, too -- even rookies, sometimes. — Scott Fowler.
3:10 p.m.: Now I feel at home: Panthers defensive tackle Dontari Poe mimicking turnaround jump shots as practice 2 from Spartanburg commences. — Rick Bonnell
2:53 p.m.: Now the real work can begin.
For all the hoopla that comes with the first day of Carolina Panthers training camp -- the team’s Kickoff Party, food trucks, miniature touch football games, Top Cats cheerleaders, the whole shebang — there’s also something pertinent to remember:
It’s only one day.
Friday, when the team takes the field for its second practice, we’ll get into the meat of the marathon summer we have left. Social media scientists will continue frothing over every throw Cam Newton makes, but now is the time to truly dive into his workload and continued progress...
Just remember: Like the team is, take everything one day at a time. — Brendan Marks
Training camp schedule
Friday, July 26: 3:10 – 5:10 p.m.
Saturday, July 27: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 28: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, July 29: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 2: Fan Fest, Bank of America Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4: 3:10 – 5:10 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 5: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 11: 3:10 – 5:10 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 12: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m. Joint practice with Buffalo Bills
Wednesday, Aug. 14: 9:25 – 11:30 a.m. Joint practice with Bills
Note: No practices scheduled for July 30, Aug. 3, 7, 9, 10