NEWS OF THE DAY
The Jon Beason holdout reached Day 3, and it could reach many more. I was asked Monday when I thought he'd sign, and the only honest answer was, "August."
Might be the 1st, might be the 21st at this point.
The team and the agent are hung up on how to disperse money. The agent wants an option bonus, and the team wants signing and reporting bonuses (which can be recouped if Beason holds out or defaults on the contract).
Long story short, there's a lot of staring at each other, and not much negotiating going on.
WHAT WE LEARNED
This team's not particularly deep at linebacker.
With Beason out, Dan Morgan sitting out of contact work and Na'il Diggs (hamstring) hurt, they don't have much to work with. They're really down to three legitimate options, and they're all working, with James Anderson on the weakside, Adam Seward in the middle and Thomas Davis at his normal strongside spot.
Beyond that, they're down to journeymen (Terrence Melton), rookies (Tim Shaw) and special-teamers (Brandon Jamison), along with the obligatory French bobsledder (NFL Europe exemption Phillipe Gardent).
CB Curtis Deloatch, who's fighting for the fourth corner job, had a good morning. He batted away several passes, and would have drawn an offensive pass interference call on WR Steve Smith when Smith pushed off to get away from good coverage. Deloatch is big and fast, and his past with new DB coach Tim Lewis (both were with the New York Giants) doesn't hurt either.
TE Michael Gaines is getting a lot of extra instruction, and he needs to show he's got the offense down.
He's pretty much already been passed by Jeff King, and needs to do some things to prove to the staff he deserves time. He can be a good blocker, and he can make nice catches, but he's been inconsistent his whole Panthers career.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
SS Nate Salley got juked out of his shoes Sunday by RB DeAngelo Williams, but recovered nicely Monday morning. He had a nice pick over the deep middle (while covering Smith).
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Number of times in the last two days rookie DE Charles Johnson's jumped snaps too early during one-on-one drills against offensive linemen. He's got some potential, but needs to settle down.
Panthers coach John Fox was asked about Gardent Monday morning, specifically if he had ever had a Frenchman on any of this teams.
"The country of France is a new one," he said. "I've had a Canadian. That's close."
When he heard the laughter from behind him, he quickly added: "Not geographically close, but they do speak French there."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Everybody's got their own style. It's like teachers. You try to push students' buttons and get the most out of them. Everybody has got their own style. Some are PG, some are X. He has a good relationship with the players, and they respect him and respond to him. That's what I look for." -- Fox (who was on a roll), discussing the salty style of DL coach Sal Sunseri, whose on-field wisdom is seldom fit for publication in a newspaper.
The Panthers will practice at 3:10 p.m.
-- Darin Gantt