Observations from Carolina Panthers training camp in Spartanburg:
▪ Cornerback Teddy Williams is toeing the line between competition and being too rough at camp. On Saturday he decleated tight end Beau Sandland in 7-on-7s. Then on Sunday, Williams took receiver Brenton Bersin to the ground on a catch during team drills. Bersin spiked the ball as he got up in clear frustration.
▪ Running back Cameron Artis-Payne stood out in pass protection drills. That was an area of weakness for the second-year player last year as a rookie.
▪ Undrafted rookie tight end Braxton Deaver made his first good catch of camp on an over-the-shoulder throw from Joe Webb. Deaver, from Duke, brought in the pass against safety Travell Dixon.
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▪ Defensive end Larry Webster sniffed out a reverse during team drills and would have dropped the ball carrier for a loss of at least 10 yards on the play.
▪ Tight end Scott Simonson pancaked linebacker A.J. Klein during pass protection drills. Later in the day Simonson allowed cornerback Robert McClain to jar the ball loose during 7-on-7s. Rivera said Simonson has had a “really good camp.”
▪ Third-year receiver LaRon Byrd had a good job running mostly with the third-team offense. He had a couple of catches and also showed he’s a good downfield blocker.
▪ Linebacker Ben Jacobs blew up offensive tackle David Foucault during team drills. It was the textbook example of defeating the block.