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Observations: You know who looks like former Panthers CB Josh Norman?

Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert screams during stretching exercises at the team’s minicamp on Thursday.
Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert screams during stretching exercises at the team’s minicamp on Thursday. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Observations from Thursday’s Carolina Panthers minicamp practice:

▪  Defensive tackle Kawann Short participated in every minicamp practice after missing more than a week of OTAs after contract talks stalled. Short, entering the final year of his rookie deal, politely declined comment as he walked off the practice field. “Nothing to talk about,” Short said. “Glad to be back. That's about it."

▪  Undrafted rookie receiver Keyarris Garrett knocked down safety Trenton Robinson with his shoulder following an incompletion. Garrett, the nation’s leading receiver last year at Tulsa, failed to make any standout plays during minicamp.

▪  It’s striking how much rookie cornerback James Bradberry looks like Josh Norman in Norman’s old No. 24 jersey. Bradberry has a similiar build and made a Norman-like pass breakup Thursday when he knocked away Cam Newton’s pass to Kevin Norwood.

▪  Fullback Mike Tolbert dropped a soft pass from Newton on an underneath route that should have been caught. Newton went through his progressions and saw the fullback flashing underneath, but Tolbert couldn’t hang on as he turned to run with defensive end Kony Ealy in front of him.

▪  Second-year safety Dean Marlowe, who got a lot of work with starter Tre Boston in the secondary, blew up a swing pass from Newton to Fozzy Whittaker. A tackle there would have resulted in the loss of a few yards.

▪  Cornerback Teddy Williams nearly had an interception on a bad pass from Joe Webb. Webb and his running back had a bad zone-read handoff, and Webb kept it and passed to his left to Damiere Byrd. The ball was late and wobbly, and Williams made a break on it to break it up, though it should have been picked off.

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