The Panthers jsut wrapped up their first practice of camp, a session conducted in full pads but without full execution.
There were ragged moments, typical of what you might expect from the first day back to school.
Among the highlights from the first workout:
-- New QB Jimmy Clausen continued to work with the third team. For all his promise, it's going to take him a moment to catch up. He's a different passer than the other three, shorter and more prone to check-downs at the moment.
Twice, he got backs hit by hanging dump-off passes too high.
But he is very accurate on the intermediate stuff.
-- Without Steve Smith, they used Kenny Moore and Dwayne Jarrett as the starting receivers.
Moore had a much better morning, singled out for praise in indivudual drills.
Jarrett went the other way, running a bad route and watching the ball sail behind him by 10 yards, then coming with a limp as if he was hurt.
Jarrett needs to pick it up if he wants to shake the three-year bust label.
-- There were a few minor dings, as DE Charles Johnson and LB Jamar Williams had to leave practice to see the trainers. Coach John Fox hadn't gotten an update on what they tweaked, but he knew they tweaked something.
Also, rookie LB Sean Ware had to leave practice after being stung by a bee and having an allergic reaction.
-- WR Armanti Edwards is going to have to work on his punt returns. He bobbled one near the end of practice, and on his next attempt, let it sail cleanly between his hands to hit him on the knee.
Safe to say Captain Munnerlyn's ahead of him at this point, but Edwards is very new to the job and needs time to catch up.
-- The linebackers are an active bunch, even without Thomas Davis.
Jon Beason, shifting to the weakside to replace the injured Davis, got his hands on a number of passes. If he had better hands, several would have been interceptions, but there's generally a reason young players get shuffled to defense early in their careers.
Special teamer Jordan Senn was also all over the place, a little quick guy who covers a lot of ground. Most of his work will come in the kicking game, but he's got some spark, and will make plays when he's out there.
-- With Jeff Otah still recovering from knee surgery and Duke Robinson yet to pass the conditioning test, the offensive line competition fizzled out quietly on day one.
RG Mackenzy Bernadeau and RT Geoff Schwartz worked with the ones early, and will until the other two come back.
— Darin Gantt