The Carolina Panthers are back at practice Wednesday morning at Wofford College after a day off, their first of training camp. The team will have one more practice Thursday morning before heading back to Charlotte. The Panthers will hold their annual Fan Fest on Friday night, rain or shine.
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Must-read training camp stories
12:46 p.m.: Ron Rivera and Christian McCaffrey both clarified that the goal this year is NOT to cut back on McCaffrey’s touches, but to cut back on the extra plays he’s in as a decoy, etc. — Brendan Marks
12:43 p.m.: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the decision to hold out Luke Kuechly for most of Wednesday practice was precautionary after he got caught in a pile-up. Rivera said Kuechly wanted to continue practicing. — Rick Bonnell
11:59 a.m.: Tepper said re: Panthers hosting a Final Four, it’s a “pride” thing too. Said Charlotte is positioned to be centerpiece of the Carolinas sports-wise. — Brendan Marks
11:56 a.m.: Big Tepper takeaways:-
- Will want public funding for a new stadium at some point in next 10 years, but hasn’t sat down with the city to discuss formal plan
- MLS conversations have been productive, but no firm timetable
- Training camp will either be at Wofford or team facility
11:30 a.m.: Owner David Tepper watching the end of practice from the far end zone. Was in Orlando yesterday for MLS All-Star festivities. — Brendan Marks
11:21 a.m.: LB Jonathan Celestin just (dropped) the hammer with that tackle. You could hear the crack across the field.. — Brendan Marks
11:21 a.m.: Amazing camp moment: Greg Van Roten flattens LB Jared Norris, then flexes, then Cam Newton jumps on his back. — Brendan Marks
11:17 a.m.: Curtis Samuel comes down with a catch blanketed by double-coverage. — Rick Bonnell
11:16 a.m.: Greg Little getting some first-team reps in team drills with 2’s on D against 1’s on O. — Brendan Marks
11:04 a.m.: Grier getting some extra throws off to the side. — Brendan Marks
10:51 a.m.: Aldrick Robinson might never be more open this training camp. He dropped a catch right to the chest from Kyle Allen. — Rick Bonnell
10:51 a.m.: Lorenzo Doss with a great read covering Aldrick Robinson. Defense has been making plays on the ball today, which I’m sure Ron Rivera is happy to see. — Brendan Marks
10:47 a.m.: James Bradberry just jumped a slant intended for Curtis Samuel. One of Cam’s few training camp picks to date. — Brendan Marks
10:45 a.m.: Eric Reid just knocked Greg Olsen on his back in team drills. — Brendan Marks
10:44 a.m.: Always impressed by D.J. Moore’s running instincts after the catch. — Rick Bonnell
10:44 a.m.: Gaulden is in at first-team nickel right now. He played that position at Tennessee, but has been competing to be the team’s starting safety opposite Eric Reid. Obviously a versatile player, so his fit could be more about where the drop-off is behind him. — Brendan Marks
10:37 a.m.: Kyle Allen working with the 2’s, throws deep to Torrey Smith and Kevon Seymour in coverage. Underthrow a bit, Seymour tips, Rashaan Gaulden (also with the 2’s) makes the interception in the back of the end zone. Good reaction time. — Brendan Marks
10:35 a.m.: Cam Newton deep ball. Greg Olsen hauls in a one-handed grab as he goes to the ground. Donte Jackson in coverage. — Brendan Marks
10:32 a.m.: Luke Kuechly is not in for team drills. Jermaine Carter Jr. takes his place. Was previously observing team install with helmet off. — Brendan Marks
10:32 a.m.: Panthers owner David Tepper at training camp today. — Rick Bonnell
10:23 a.m.: Kuechly standing with LB Jared Norris now at the back of the end zone during install. Not actually part of the play. Will update to see if he returns. — Brendan Marks
10:13 a.m.: Hogan getting some work at punt return, along with Moore and Mickens. — Brendan Marks
10:03 a.m.: Luke Kuechly on the sidelines for 7-on-7 drills, with trainer Ryan Vermillion. Jermaine Carter Jr. filled in. — Brendan Marks
9:59 a.m.: Ross Cockrell comes out at safety with the first-team. — Brendan Marks
9:58 a.m.: Wow — Aldrick Robinson just made an awesome over-the-shoulder grab in the end zone... only for Josh Thornton to slap it out of his hands at the last second. Great example of a training camp battle. — Brendan Marks
9:56 a.m.: Cam’s first pass of the day in drills goes to Curtis Samuel on a comeback route against James Bradberry. Field looks a little slippery and Samuel slipped some, but still made the grab. — Brendan Marks
9:55 a.m.: Cam Newton is throwing today in practice, again. That makes five of six practices. — Brendan Marks
9:49 a.m.: Jordan Scarlett with a nice job in pass protection drills. He continues to impress me in training camp — first his hands, now here. Will be watching his vision in the preseason. — Brendan Marks
9:23 a.m.: Kyle Love and KK (Short) have an awesome little handshake. Few daps, then jiggle the shoulder pads and rub the chest. I respect it. — Brendan Marks
9:16 a.m.: Greg Little with a few first-team reps right before practice begins. — Brendan Marks
9 a.m.: It’s a little thing, but I think it’s pretty dope Will Grier, Kyle Allen, and Taylor Heinicke come out to practice together every morning. — Brendan Marks
8:58 a.m.: Torrey Smith when he saw the referees were at practice today: “There’s been so much holding out here!!” — Brendan Marks
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.
Thursday, Aug. 8: Exhibition, at Chicago, 8 p.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
Friday, Aug. 16: Exhibition, Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22: Exhibition, at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Exhibition, Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31: Roster cutdown
Note: No practices scheduled for Aug. 3, 7, 9-10