Wrapping up a hot, full-contact afternoon practice. Granted, it could have been worse, but for some clouds rolling in right before they took the field:
-- Now that we're into the second week of training camp, a few patterns have emerged.
Simply put, they should be more confident in their tight ends than their receivers.
Seems like every day we mentioned some play Jeff King made. The veteran block-first guy has shown good hands throughout camp, and has responded with some improved yards-after-catch plays, which have never been a particular strength of his.
Gary Barnidge and Dante Rosario (with a San Diegan climb-the-ladder job) have each taken turns making big plays as well.
The Panthers might never have an 60- to 80-catch tight end, but between the three of them, they have a very good group.
-- Not much injury news today.
CB Chris Gamble was back on the field, after missing the last two days with a sore knee.
DT Ed Johnson was held out because of an illness, though coach John Fox didn't seem particularly worried.
LG Travelle Wharton and backup LT Garry Williams each started the practice but were unable to finish. Fox said Wharton's back tightened up, while Williams aggravated a mild shoulder problem.
They started practice with 14 on the side or indoors, and when the two offensive linemen pulled back, they were left with just 64 players to finish practice.
With Wharton out, they moved Mackenzy Bernadeau to LG and let Duke Robinson play RG. Seems they really want to give Robinson a chance there.
-- Noticed it in recent days and Fox mentioned it after practice: WR Wallace Wright has better hands than anyone expected.
He came here to be Karl Hankton Jr., the no-hands special teams guy. Surprise, Wallace can actually run some routes and catch flying things.
That would be a boon come time to pick the 45-man game-day roster, as having a special teamer who could also contribute on offense gives them some flexibility to keep an extra guy up at another position.
-- Slowly, rookie WR Armanti Edwards seems to be shaking some of his camp jitters. He had some rough practices early, but has the kind of football speed that doesn't always show up when they're in shorts.
After a sharp break on an underneath route, Edwards caught a pass from Hunter Cantwell and took off. He outran FS Charles Godfrey to the sideline.
-- Darin Gantt