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Want highlights from Panthers’ joint practice with Tennessee Titans? Here you go

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Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans players were treated to Kona Ice, a shaved ice treat, by the Kona Ice Music City franchise after the teams scrimmaged at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville.
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Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans players were treated to Kona Ice, a shaved ice treat, by the Kona Ice Music City franchise after the teams scrimmaged at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville.

Highlights from Wednesday’s joint practice between the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans, who meet in an NFL exhibition game on Saturday.

▪  The start of practice was delayed until 11:15 Charlotte time. The weather was ... a lot like Spartanburg.

▪  After stretching with trainers in the shadow of the Titans’ practice bubble, Cam Newton was throwing with wide receivers during individual work. Newton threw a few mid-range routes during one-on-ones.

▪  Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers was fully dressed for practice.

▪  Newton was vocal saying he needed some “juice” during the drills. “It’s quiet out here.”

▪  Newton had a bit of an overthrow to in one-on-ones to Shepard, who stretched for the fingertip snag. Shepard had a number of catches on the day.

▪  There was no word about where Panthers wide receiver Keyarris Garrett was during practice, but he wasn’t on the field.

▪  Panthers wide receivers were three for three in the early going one-on-one vs. Titans. And then a pass interference on the fourth one.

▪  Panthers rookie second-round pick Curtis Samuel went through drills with rest of the receivers but didn’t participate in one-on-ones.

▪  During the first team period, it was Titans offensive ones vs. Panthers defensive ones. As soon as the clanging started, the play between Panthers corners and Tennessee receivers got physical.

▪  The absence of Panthers safety Kurt Coleman, back in Charlotte dealing with a personal matter, meant Colin Jones in with Mike Adams and the first team defense.

▪  On the offensive side, Derek Anderson and Joe Webb did all the throwing in team drills.

▪  Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey got to the corner for a nice run. Later, McCaffrey ran a little mini wheel route for big yardage on a nice throw by Anderson.

▪  Newton to Panthers sideline at one point: “Can’t just be going through the motions. Let’s go.”

▪  Tight end Greg Olsen get some rude treatment, and maybe a hold, from safety Johnathan Cyprien, but still caught an out-route.

▪  What Titans receiver Taywan Taylor did to Cole Luke to shake him on one play is illegal in four states.

▪  During full team drills, Luke Kuechly jumped up for a nice tip and pass breakup against Titans’ Delanie Walker.

▪  Titans receiver Eric Decker vs. Panthers cornerback James Bradberry didn’t get a chance because Decker tripped.

▪  Panthers offensive guard Andrew Norwell and a Titans defensive lineman almost got into a little flareup. Panthers DL understands.

▪  Peppers against second-year Titans tackle Jack Conklin? Conklin on heelys.

▪  With Panthers defensive line working pass rush drills, Panthers DE Mario Addison pulled his signature spin on Titans tackle Taylor Lewan. It didn’t go well for Lewan.

▪  Panthers OT Matt Kalil had a couple of nice repetitions against Titans players in one-on-one pass rush.

▪  Panthers receiver Austin Duke laid out for a catch on a Webb pass. Very nicely done.

▪  Later, Shepard was praising Austin Duke for a nice block on a Cameron Artis-Payne run. On the next play Duke had a catch over the middle.

▪  Olsen had a great catch on an Anderson pass that was tipped by Cyprien. Newton: “Good catch 88.”

▪  Pick 6 by Shaq Thompson off Titans starter Marcus Mariota ;eads Thomas Davis to yell “House call!”

▪  Panthers interim GM Marty Hurney spent time visiting with ex-Panthers scout and current Titans exec Ryan Cowden, who is likely to be among the candidates for Carolina’s permanent general manager gig.

▪  Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was at practice. Cowher is buddies with Titans coach Mike Mularkey and apparently pops into practice every once in a while.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

Jourdan Rodrigue: 704-358-5071, @jourdanrodrigue

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