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Ex-Panthers defensive back ‘Peanut’ Tillman returns, shares tips with rookie cornerbacks

Former Carolina Panthers player Charles Tillman talks with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott while watching the current team warmup at the team's practice facility near Bank of America Stadium on Monday, August 22, 2016.
Former Carolina Panthers player Charles Tillman talks with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott while watching the current team warmup at the team's practice facility near Bank of America Stadium on Monday, August 22, 2016. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The trio of Carolina Panthers rookie cornerbacks received a lesson from former cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman at Monday’s practice.

Tillman, 35, who spent the final season of his 13-year career with the Panthers in 2015, was back in Charlotte teaching the “Three Amigos” the intricacies of his Peanut Punch.

Tillman created 44 fumbles in his career partly because of his punching technique.

“We did it against each other, but he did it against me,” rookie James Bradberry said. “He hurt my elbow a little bit when he did it.”

Tillman also taught the rookies - including Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez, - hand movements he learned in Tae Kwon Do classes that he used to help free himself from bigger offensive linemen.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Tillman, who declined an interview request, will be in town for a couple of days to help bring the rookies along.

“He did some good things for us last year that really fit into our culture,” Rivera said. “We thought it’d be a great opportunity to mix somebody in that had some sage wisdom to share with these young guys.”

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