The Panthers opened the full-team portion of their OTA season Thursday (after spending the first three days on notihng but the passing game), but there are still new wrinkles aplenty.
There was a segment of the session devoted to a four-wide receiver offense, something that's always been behind the "in case of emergency, break glass," section of the playbook.
With all the youth at quarterback and receiver, it's going to be a continual learning process, and they're still in the very early stages of introducing what QB Matt Moore called some "new concepts." We'll have more on that, and Moore, in tomorrow's paper.
As for the other notes of the day:
-- While LT Jordan Gross (broken leg) and LB Thomas Davis (ACL) are healthy enough to work individual drills, they're not yet up to doing all the team work.
So for the team drills Thursday, their places were taken by Garry Williams and Jamar Williams, respectively.
Garry Williams hung around last year on the roster but didn't get a uniform until guys started getting hurt, and he's in better position to stay this year. He's one of the second-year guys who's arrived in great shape, looking much more like an NFL blocker than he did a year ago.
Jamar was the other half of the Chris Harris trade, but he may end up much more than a throw-in. At the very least, he gives them a legitimate fifth linebacker, and that's something I'm not sure they had before.
-- Several nice grabs during the passing drills. WR Wallace Wright, who was brought here as a special teamer, climbed the ladder and made a nice catch. Say this for Wright, he may never be a vital cog to the offense, but he has better hands than long-time special teamer Karl Hankton.
There was also a highlight-reel grab by Armanti Edwards, but those are becoming more common with each practice.
-- Speaking of common, RB Jonathan Stewart was on an exercise bike for much of the day.
You'd be tempted to make fun of the fact he never practices, but until he misses game time (which he hasn't so far), it would ring kind of hollow.
-- CB Richard Marshall stayed away to prove a point, but he's back making plays now, coming up with an interception of a deep Matt Moore pass to Steve Smith.