Observations from Tuesday’s minicamp practice, the first of three this week:
▪ Running back Jonathan Stewart, who was limited last week by a foot injury, was heavily involved in the early portions of team drills Tuesday and looked good running and cutting.
▪ Defensive end Kony Ealy got a hand on an option pitch from Cam Newton to receiver Brenton Bersin, who was still able to bring in the deflected pitch and get short yardage down the sideline.
▪ Backup quarterback Derek Anderson couldn’t connect with running back Fozzy Whittaker, who’d worked open behind Ben Jacobs on a wheel route deep down the sideline.
▪ Anderson came back on the next two plays to find Cameron Artis-Payne and Brandon Wegher for nice gains on screen plays.
▪ Reserve safety Trenton Robinson appeared to intercept third-team quarterback Joe Webb late in the 11-on-11 drills. But tight end Greg Olsen, watching from the sideline, claimed Robinson trapped it. While defenders celebrated, Olsen yelled: “Go have a parade for a pass breakup. It’s the NFL, the ball can’t move.”
▪ Receiver Devin Funchess was the only absentee Tuesday, dealing with an illness.
▪ Offensive tackle Donald Hawkins was carted off midway through practice because of heat exhaustion. Hawkins has been playing well in a backup left tackle role, Rivera said.
▪ Bersin rolled his left ankle going out for a pass during team drills. He was checked by head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion on the side and did not return.
▪ Offensive tackle David Foucault is dealing with a calf injury and will not participate in this week’s minicamp. He rode the exercise bike Tuesday.
▪ Tight end Ed Dickson dropped a short out pass from Newton with Kurt Coleman near him.
▪ Receiver Kevin Norwood made a nice catch over the middle, going up for a hot pass from Newton.
▪ Rookie tight end Beau Sandland made a great one-handed grab for a touchdown in a goal-line situation. Sandland hauled in Anderson pass against cornerback Teddy Williams.
▪ Receiver Damiere Byrd caught a 50-yard pass from Newton after he slipped behind rookie James Bradberry for the score.