Observations from Monday’s Organized Team Activities practice for the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte:
▪ Charles Johnson continued working at right defensive end. That spot is usually reserved for quicker pass rushers, but the Panthers’ coaches have been using different rotations during these workouts. It’s likely not a permanent move for Johnson.
▪ Cornerback Garry Peters’ hamstring strain was more serious than originally thought and he likely won’t participate in OTAs this week.
▪ Cornerback Jocquel Skinner, who signed the team last week, suffered a hamstring strain last week and has not practiced. He can play either safety or corner, but the Panthers view him as a corner because of his speed.
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▪ Defensive tackle Kyle Love missed Monday’s practice because of a family matter.
▪ Linebacker Thomas Davis will not participate in Tuesday’s practice and will instead attend his son’s elementary school graduation.
▪ Cam Newton and Greg Olsen had a strong connection Tuesday. The two linked up on at least two big plays, including a touchdown in the left corner of the end zone in a red-zone drill, over safety Kurt Coleman.
▪ New Panthers receiver Jarrett Boykin had a bad drop in a red-zone drill on a pass from Newton. On a simple pick play with the help of receiver Brenton Bersin, Newton fired a quick pass to Boykin, who saw the ball go through his hands inside the 5.
▪ Receiver Stephen Hill flashed nice hands grabbing a pass across his body from Derek Anderson. But later in the day when the defense showed blitz, Hill didn’t recognize it. Anderson went to Hill as his hot receiver but Hill didn’t turn in time and never found the ball.
▪ Third-string quarterback Joe Webb rolled right toward the end of practice and heaved a deep pass for Damiere Byrd. Byrd, a speedy undrafted rookie from South Carolina, hauled in the pass against Teddy Williams.
▪ Line play is difficult to judge without pads, but that was no excuse for one mental error by left tackle Michael Oher. Defensive end Mario Addison zoomed by Oher at the snap as if Oher didn’t know the count, and Addison would have at least hit, and possibly sacked, Newton had it been a game.