Observations from Tuesday’s Carolina Panthers organized team activities:
▪ Quarterback Cam Newton looked sharp in the first team sessions and a little more rusty in the second. He lasered passes during the first session and was high and off during the second.
▪ Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. made a double move to get open behind rookie CB Daryl Worley in the end zone. But Ginn couldn’t pull in Newton’s pass while trying to drag his foot inbounds.
▪ Second-year wideout Devin Funchess had a good showing during team drills. Funchess went up high on a pair of crossing routes to snag Newton’s hard passes in traffic.
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▪ Still limited as he recovers from leg surgery, cornerback Bené Benwikere arrived to practice popping bubble wrap.
▪ Reserve safety Marcus Ball broke up a pass from third-team QB Joe Webb into the end zone.
▪ Linebacker A.J. Klein, playing mostly at middle linebacker with Luke Kuechly limited, saw a screen to Jonathan Stewart before the play happened. The would-be tackle would have gone for a loss of yardage.
▪ Second-year running back Brandon Wegher reached down to make a nifty shoestring catch on a screen pass from Webb.
▪ Cornerback Robert McClain broke up a Derek Anderson pass intended for Cobi Hamilton during team drills.
▪ Running back Cameron Artis-Payne showed an improved ability to read blitzes during team drills. He noticed a blitzer from the right side and recognized he’d be the hot route, so he made himself available to Anderson for the short pass.