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Observations: Jarrett Boykin experiences good, bad, ugly of camp

Carolina Panthers receiver Jarrett Boykin (15) had mixed success in Tuesday’s practice, with some good catches but two bad drops.
Carolina Panthers receiver Jarrett Boykin (15) had mixed success in Tuesday’s practice, with some good catches but two bad drops. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Observations from Carolina Panthers training camp in Spartanburg:

▪  Receiver Jarrett Boykin started the day well but ended poorly. Boykin made a nice move against cornerback Josh Norman in one-on-one drills to get free for a Cam Newton pass to begin Tuesday. But later he dropped two passes, including one near the goal line from Newton in 9-on-9 drills.

▪  Second-year cornerback Bené Benwikere got his most extended time Tuesday returning from a hamstring strain, but he didn’t seem to trust it. Benwikere didn’t open up in a full sprint on some plays where he needed to. He’ll need more time.

▪  Receiver Brenton Bersin had a nice hands catch against cornerback Melvin White, who didn’t know the Newton pass was coming because of how steadily Bersin ran down the sideline.

▪  Linebacker Luke Kuechly has said he wants to improve on his pass coverage and it’s showing this camp. He got depth on a pass intended for tight end Ed Dickson and broke up the play about 8 yards from the line of scrimmage.

▪  Mark Morrison’s 1996 R&B hit “Return of the Mack” played before practice as several players danced and sang the memorable tune to lighten up practice during stretching.

▪  Receiver Kelvin Benjamin had the biggest play of the day when he tracked down a nearly 40-yard pass from Newton during the 2-mintue drill against White.

▪  Rookie linebacker David Mayo had a nice pass breakup in the end zone. He’s beginning to show more as camp rolls along.

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