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10 things we saw Tuesday at Panthers’ closed-to-the-public practice in Charlotte

Carolina Panthers tight ends Ed Dickson (84) and Greg Olsen (88) walk off the field after the team’s practice in Charlotte on Tuesday. The Panthers will be in Nashville for joint practices against the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday and Thursday.
Carolina Panthers tight ends Ed Dickson (84) and Greg Olsen (88) walk off the field after the team’s practice in Charlotte on Tuesday. The Panthers will be in Nashville for joint practices against the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Carolina Panthers were practicing in Charlotte on Tuesday morning before flying to Nashville later for two days of joint workouts with the Tennessee Titans ahead of Saturday’s exhibition game.

What we saw during practice:

▪  Rookie receiver/running back Curtis Samuel had his cleats and helmet and went through individual drills, his first day back after missing almost all of training camp in Spartanburg with a hamstring injury. After the individual perios he stretched and worked with trainers.

▪  Quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder soreness) and defensive end Julius Peppers participated together in team drills for the first time in a while.

▪  Damiere Byrd had another good practice, including one diving sideline catch and another TD over the middle.

▪  Newton is still working on his timing – and will be for a while. One throw was well behind wide receiver Devin Funchess, who did slip a bit.

▪  As little as Newton threw on Tuesday in practice, it would still be a surprise if he plays a snap Saturday against the Titans.

▪  A collision between safety Colin Jones and wide receiver Brenton Bersin knocked Bersin’s mouthpiece out, but everyone was OK.

▪  Backup quarterback Derek Anderson split repetitions with Newton on the first-team offense during team drills, too.

▪  A miscommunication caused Anderson to throw to nobody except safety Mike Adams, who intercepted.

▪  Overall, the Panthers offense was hit-or-miss on Tuesday.

▪  Corn Elder (knee) was still out, but Amini Silatolu was back after missing two days with an undisclosed injury.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

Scott Fowler: 704-358-5140, @scott_fowler

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