Tom Sorensen

Short takes: Deals, steals and wheels dominate the scene in Charlotte

Former Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) could be a steal for the Carolina Panthers, if he can approach his production of the past five years.
Former Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) could be a steal for the Carolina Panthers, if he can approach his production of the past five years. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

C.J. Anderson rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. Yet the Denver Broncos released him. He’s only 27 so he was going to play for somebody this season. He’ll play for the Carolina Panthers.

Anderson is 5-8 and 224 pounds. He’s reputed to be a good blocker, which means he will be allowed onto the field during games. Unless he aged suddenly the way running backs sometimes do, the Panthers got a deal. …

I know I should care how Cam Newton dresses. I saw pictures of him at the Met Gala Monday. He was flashy, and he wore a hat. But I can’t care. I’m sorry. …

In other running back news, the player I’m most curious about at the Carolina Panthers’ rookie camp Friday is Reggie Bonnafon of Louisville, a quarterback turned receiver turned running back. Collect the whole set. ...

I watched a guy in a standard sized car back into a parking spot at the Harris-Teeter on Providence Road. There are probably are 11 Harris-Teeters on Providence Road, but you know the one I mean. A bunch of us were waiting as the guy backed his car in, out, in, out, in, out, and finally in. I didn’t know if I should applaud or honk. If you drive a standard-sized car, and you need to back into a parking space, stay home.

And if you drive a truck or an SUV, don’t park in the space reserved for compacts. There’s no such thing as a compact SUV or truck. I promise. And you know what? If you park in an adult space, and walk to the store, you’ll burn calories. It’s true. ...

If the Charlotte Hornets draft where they’re supposed to in next month’s draft, No. 11 in the first round, who do you want them to take? You want them to take Bridges? Which one, Mikal from Villanova or Miles from Michigan State? I prefer Mikal. I also like Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. ...

Somewhere in the draft is a star to be, a player such as Donovan Mitchell, who went 13th in the 2017 draft to the Utah Jazz. OK, he might not be as good as Mitchell, but he'll be able to play, and play right away. But I don’t know who the player is. You might. If you do, let me know.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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