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Panthers pleased with rookie cornerbacks, feel no urgency to sign a veteran

Carolina Panthers cornerbacks Zack Sanchez, from front, Daryl Worley, James Bradberry and safety Josh Furman break into motion during the team's rookie minicamp practice on Friday.
Carolina Panthers cornerbacks Zack Sanchez, from front, Daryl Worley, James Bradberry and safety Josh Furman break into motion during the team's rookie minicamp practice on Friday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

With Jerraud Powers signing with Baltimore, Antonio Cromartie and Leon Hall now head the list of available veteran cornerbacks. But after Carolina drafted three corners last month, the Panthers are not in the market.

Coach Ron Rivera left open the possibility the Panthers could add a cornerback later in the summer. But he said he was pleased with what he saw from the three drafted corners -- James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez.

“I guess if we did do something it would be later on. But right now we’re set,” Rivera said Saturday. “We’re very happy with what we’ve seen the last two practices with the young guys.”

The Panthers will continue with organized team activities this month before a mandatory, four-day minicamp in June. But because of restrictions on contact during those practices, Rivera said the competition for Josh Norman’s former spot won’t begin in earnest until training camp starts in July.

“The big part of the technique you get from corners is being able to jam, and you can’t do that during OTAs and minicamp,” Rivera said. “So what we’ll be looking for really is the skill sets.”

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