The Panthers just wrapped up perhaps the hottest practice of camp (not an inconsiderable feat), going in full pads two days before their preseason opener.
Panthers coach John Fox said the heat index number he heard was 108, and judging by the reactions of players that seems right.
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DT Ed Johnson had to be hauled off on a cart with what Fox termed "heat sickness," and the team was generally dragging by the end of the session, which was cut short by at least 10 to 15 minutes.
There wasn't as much contact as other afternoons, partially because they're still short on numbers and they want to save something for Thursday's trip to Baltimore.
-- A day after we wrote about TE Jeff King, Gary Barnidge stood out with a few nice grabs. He's a taller target, and smooth in the passing game, but not nearly the blocker King is.
-- WR David Gettis also flashed, showing more comfort than he did in the first week, when he looked a little behind.
-- DT Corvey Irvin's also beginning to exert himself a little more, and they'd love for him to be a factor. He has the kind of quickness inside they may lack otherwise, so
— Darin Gantt