NEWS OF THE DAY
One down, one to go.
The Panthers got one of their first-rounders signed Friday night, with Jeff Otah agreeing to a five-year deal. That leaves Jonathan Stewart, who hadn't come to terms as of press time. They were still working deep into the night to avoid any absences.
Getting them in on time is huge, because neither got much work through the spring with injuries. And since both are projected to play significant roles, the need to have them in on time is clear. Otah's starting at RT as soon as he shows up, and Stewart might at RB whenever he arrives.
WHAT WE LEARNED
It's good to be a Pro Bowler. When WR Steve Smith pulled up in his luxury SUV, a pair of equipment interns rushed to help him carry his stuff into the players dorm. A few feet away, backup LB Adam Seward appeared to be giving himself a hernia hoisting a big television off the ground. He either needed help or a flat screen.
Seward gets points, however, for the best ride. He rolled up in a jacked-up red Jeep, sort of a mini-monster truck. My 3-year-old son has a new favorite player and doesn't know why.
C Geoff Hangartner was looking for an assist shortly after checking in. He locked his keys in his car, with the lanyard hanging out the door.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
Smith was documenting the media, which was trying to document him. He was filming with a high-definition camcorder loaned to him by the NFL Network, which asked for a video diary of the first few days of camp.
"This is theirs," Smith said of the device. "But it's HD and I don't have one. I'm a gadget guy, so the film may make it, but I don't know if the camera will make it back."
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Players who reported Friday who were here a year ago, just over half the roster. That's turnover folks, and why this camp has such a different feel already. The core players are largely back, but the guys on the fringes are all new.
RB DeAngelo Williams and CB Richard Marshall were already among the quickest guys here. Now they're tooling around on matching, motorized, red Schwinn scooters.
"My first year, the walk got long after the eighth or ninth day after two-a-days," Williams said. "You see the guys pass you on the scooter, so I decided to invest in one last year. That's one of my best investments so far. It just cuts your walk down and your time down on getting to practice and the meetings. It's definitely a great investment. I would definitely tell the young guys that they should invest in a scooter."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"This is my first time out here actually. I'm kind of taking it all in and getting ready for tomorrow," -- QB Matt Moore, when asked about making his second appearance here. Of course, Moore is a Spartanburg newbie since he went to camp with Dallas last year.
The Panthers will practice twice today, at 9:10 a.m. and 6:40 p.m., as they break in a slightly different schedule with more night practices.
-- Darin Gantt