Carolina Panthers

Observations: Dean Marlowe’s moment, A.J. Klein’s frustration, red-zone struggles

Observations from Carolina Panthers practice Monday in Charlotte:

▪  Undrafted rookie safety Dean Marlowe picked off Cam Newton in early team drills and assistant head coach/defensive backs coach Steve Wilks saw it coming. “Where’s he looking, 2-9?!” Wilks shouted at Marlowe just before Marlowe broke on a deep route by Corey Brown. Marlowe got behind Brown and caught the ball without much resistance from Brown.

▪  Newton and Ted Ginn hooked up on another deep pass after Ginn got behind Charles Tillman along the sideline. Tillman came back a couple plays later to make a nice break on a short throw to Fozzy Whittaker.

▪  Veteran safety Roman Harper didn’t realize Reggie Wayne wasn’t with a team before Monday, when the longtime Colts wideout signed a one-year deal with New England. “He’s probably just been chilling at the house enjoying his training camp off, which I ain’t mad at him for that,” Harper said.

▪  Outside linebacker A.J. Klein, who dropped an interception against Miami, had a Joe Webb pass go through his hands Monday. Klein swatted at the ball in frustration, knocking it about 10 yards on the ground.

▪  Mike Tolbert had a great hands catch in 7-on-7 drills. Newton threw the pass low and behind the fullback, but Tolbert stopped, reached down and plucked the ball before it hit the ground for a completion.

▪  Ginn, Brenton Bersin and Damiere Byrd took reps at punt return. Ginn, Brown and Jerricho Cotchery were the first receivers up in team drills, much like Saturday night. Bersin, Jarrett Boykin and Mike Brown were the second-team receivers.

▪  Defensive end Mario Addison blew by tackle David Foucault on a speed rush and would have tackled running back Cameron Artis-Payne in the backfield.

▪  In red zone drills, the first-team offense again did not get into the end zone. Newton threw the ball away on the final play as Addison rushed him coming off the edge freely. Anderson had his pass at the goal line broken up by cornerback Teddy Williams. But the third-team offense scored twice with Joe Webb finding Brandon Wegher for a score and then rushing right on a quarterback draw for a touchdown.

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