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Practice Observations: Carolina Panthers’ first-team offense was dreadful

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) and the first-team offense struggled against the first-team defense during training camp at Wofford College on Monday.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) and the first-team offense struggled against the first-team defense during training camp at Wofford College on Monday. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Observations from Monday’s Carolina Panthers training camp practice in Spartanburg:

▪  The first-team offense was dreadful in a team period against the defense. They completed zero passes in six plays before the second-teamers took over. First, Luke Kuechly blitzed and no one picked him up. Then a Cam Newton pass went through Kelvin Benjamin’s hands. Later, another Newton pass glanced off Brenton Bersin’s chest. Finally, Shaq Thompson blitzed and forced a Newton throwaway.

▪  There may be no better one-on-one matchup in all of camp than Jonathan Stewart and Luke Kuechly in pass protection drills. It’s been one of the most even contests of all. They went up against each other twice Monday and each won once.

▪  Defensive end Kony Ealy froze guard David Yankey on a fake spin move during two-on-two pass rush drills.

▪  Linebacker Brian Blechen put tight end Eric Wallace on his behind during pass protection drills. Wallace has a lot to learn.

▪  Undrafted receiver Keyarris Garrett finally hauled in a catch, but it came after he obviously pushed off Zack Sanchez to create separation.

▪  Colin Jones got the only interception of the day. He picked off a Derek Anderson pass intended for Damiere Byrd.

▪  Ex-Wofford and current PGA golfer William McGirt watched practice from the sideline. He had a top-10 finish at the PGA Championship more than a week ago.

▪  Second-year tackle Daryl Williams has had a few good days in pass-rush drills. He’s easily the third-best tackle at a position where Carolina is thin.

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