The Panthers pulled back a bit Friday morning, perhaps so they'd have something left for Saturday's Fan Fest scrimmage at Bank of America Stadium.
They were schedule to go in full pads this morning, but were in shorts and shoulder pads instead. Tonight will probably be lighter than that, since they're hoping to get some actual work in when they get back to Charlotte.
The scrimmage is a 36-play affair, split into 12-play segments. The ones will go against the twos, then vice versa, before whatever's left takes the third period.
Coach John Fox laughed and said the "whatever's left," is going to look a lot like the second teams.
The Panthers were again without 16 players by the end of practice.
CB Chris Gamble started to work but his left knee "flared up," and he spent the rest of the morning under the tent.
Fox said it was "not serious," saying it was something they'd "monitor" as camp progressed.
DT Ed Johnson (illness) was held out again as well.
-- Star of the morning was WR Dexter Jackson, who made two nice catches in a short span. It's going to be tough for Jackson to make the roster with all the new traffic at the position, but he has speed, as has steadily improved as a receiver.
-- Matt Moore threw a pair of picks, one each to CBs Richard Marshall and Captain Munnerlyn. He feigned defensive effort on Marshall's, but it's clear his future is not as a safety.
Matt also threw a beautiful ball to Kenny Moore, and that combination has done more in camp than I imagined.
Kenny has exceeded every expectation (I guess other than his own), looking more and more (pun absolutely intended) as a legitimate option on offense.
-- Darin Gantt