NEWS OF THE DAY
The new offense looked OK. Scored a touchdown, and appeared on the way to another before their 12-play segment ended. Spread the ball around. Threw to the tight end. Dinked it around more than last year.
It's not the power-running (Stephen Davis) and bombs away (Steve Smith) style of the past, but they're hoping finesse fits this bunch better than the old ways did.
WHAT WE LEARNED
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The Panthers have some defensive depth they can count on. Reserve DE Stanley McClover continues to impress, and Dave Ball might be the guy you've never heard of who makes this team. LB James Anderson looked sharp at times, and CB Richard Marshall gives them their most solid three-corner set ever.
I don't get into fantasy football anymore, but you'd be wise to snag TE Jeff King for your team. He's going to catch plenty of balls, and should score.
RB DeAngelo Williams will do some things this year. Don't expect goal-line running to be one of them. He was stuffed twice for no gain on shots from the 1, and really didn't appear to have much of a chance at all. Figure DeShaun Foster or Nick Goings to get most of those looks, since Eric Shelton didn't look much better than Williams did.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
TE Michael Gaines scored the day's touchdown, and he did so with a little sleight of hand. He made a nice diving catch, but not after subtly pushing off Anderson to clear a little space.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Fully healthy and operational LBs on the roster: Thomas Davis, Anderson, Tim Shaw, Mickey Pimentel and Phillipe Gardent.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I've always told them to dream." -- Panthers coach John Fox, when asked about Smith's declaration that camp might break a week early, on Aug. 15.
The Panthers will enjoy a hard-earned day off Sunday, though players have to report back to camp by dinner. They'll practice twice Monday, at 9:10 a.m. and 6:40 p.m.