NEWS OF THE DAY
They have a holdout, and that's rarely a good sign.
First-round pick Jon Beason wasn't here when the team opened practice, and they moved on without him.
They were using Na'il Diggs with the starters anyway, and Terrence Melton took Beason's spot with the twos.
WHAT WE LEARNED
DT Kris Jenkins is excited, maybe too much so. He jumped offsides at least twice during the morning work. The good news is that he looked extremely quick while doing so.
Backup guards Geoff Hangartner (on the left) and D'Anthony Batiste (on the right) have the carrot dangling firmly before them. Knowing projected starter RG Jeremy Bridges will miss the first two games because of his suspension, one of them's bound to play on opening day. Hangartner's probably the call, but Batiste has shown promise as well. They're working with the second team now, as they don't want to disrupt their long-term chemistry by fiddling with Bridges.
At least CB Ken Lucas can blame the wet grass. Really, he just got smoked by WR Taye Biddle, who took a short pass and blasted right past the veteran corner. Lucas looked bad on the play, but mostly Biddle looked extremely explosive.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
One early drill for defensive linemen ended early when DTs Jenkins and Maake Kemoeatu broke a blocking sled loose from it's moorings. The twin behemoths popped the pad and raised the sled into the air, leaving coach Sal Sunseri no choice but the move onto the next thing on his agenda.
The Panthers will practice once today, at 3:10 p.m., as they get their first taste of their new schedule.