Jerry Richardson cruises through Panthers practice
The Carolina Panthers held a full-pads practice on the stadium field at Wofford College on Saturday, the next-to-last practice of training camp.
After some work during individual drills on Friday, quarterback Cam Newton, recovering from March shoulder surgery, didn’t throw.
During team drills, he was in with the first team for run plays, particularly to improve his timing on pitches.
He was working on footwork drills while the other quarterbacks threw during individual periods.
Coach Ron Rivera said afterward that Saturday was a scheduled day off for Newton, and that Newton would throw Sunday.
On hand to watch was Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson, who had conversations with Marty Hurney, Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, among others.
Here’s what we – and presumably Richardson – heard, saw and learned:
▪ With three weeks of camp almost over, the same dead deer is still on the side of I-85 in Spartanburg.
▪ Newton and defensive end Charles Johnson were both in pads on a perfect day for that kind of thing.
▪ Cornerback James Bradberry had a one-handed pick six. Related: The cast is back on his other hand, injured during OTAs.
▪ Rookie Taylor Moton spent some time at left tackle, where he could provide depth.
▪ Offensive guard Andrew Norwell is secretly the scariest dude on the team. He doesn’t say a word, just wrecks people and stares at them.
▪ Related: Rookie Bryan Cox was upset with Andrew Norwell’s “relentlessness.” Norwell just stared at him.
▪ Both Johnson and Julius Peppers were leading off pass rush/bend drills, and looking like they were feeling good.
▪ During practice, Charles Johnson headed to the locker room but later returned.
▪ Defensive tackle Kawann Short knocked the pad off a blocking sled during individual work. Pretty good explosion at that time of the morning.
▪ Mario Addison ducked past Matt Kalil with a speed rush during individual work.
▪ The Panthers waived OT Tyrus Thompson and brought back C Brian Folkerts, who during his first stint with Carolina was given the nickname, “Caveman Center.”
▪ Carolina just ran a scheme with rookie Christian McCaffrey and Fozzy Whitaker that is probably the same thing we will see once rookie Curtis Samuel is back – only faster.
▪ There was a nice one-handed grab by Russell Shepard against CB Captain Munnerlyn in one-on-ones.
▪ WR Devin Funchess bobbled one ball before securing it in the back of the end zone.
▪ Rookie WR Kaelin Clay had two big plays, including a TD, but one drop.
▪ Near the end of practice, Newton and Benjamin were doing extra running on the side.