Carolina Panthers

PANTHERS DAILY DIGEST

NEWS OF THE DAY

The Panthers aren't getting anywhere in their negotiations with LB Jon Beason, so they continued to shuffle their linebackers.

James Anderson came to camp behind starting strongsider Thomas Davis, but had to move to the weakside when Na'il Diggs went down with a hamstring injury. They're also using pleasant surprise Terrence Melton since the top two guys at the position aren't able to practice. Combine that with Dan Morgan still not taking full contact (although he did do a three-on-three drill), and the Panthers are cobbling together the spare parts.

WHAT WE LEARNED

DE Stanley McClover's coming hard. After a segment where Julius Peppers dominated the first offense, McClover came in and found himself in a couple of sack situations. If nothing else, McClover's an upgrade over Al Wallace in the short-term, but he's looking more and more like a long-term replacement for Mike Rucker.

STOCK UP

Don't sleep on Melton. Although many view him as a special-teamer only, there are some who think he could play defense. He's impressed coaches with his grasp of the system and the ability to play both outside spots. Plus, he's good in the kicking game, so he could be a nice, inexpensive find.

STOCK DOWN

WR Taye Biddle has a burst like few folks not named Steve Smith. But he's also skinny-legged and frail looking, creating a concern as to whether he can take a hit. Tuesday, he dropped a pass in the end zone during red zone drills, and that's the kind of mistake he can't afford to make if he wants to make the team.

DID YOU SEE THAT?

When DT Kris Jenkins wants to, he can be one of the truly dominant forces in the game. During drills against the offensive line, Jenkins was sealed off cleanly by G Geoff Hangartner on a running play. But on the next snap, the same two lined up again and Jenkins flicked Hangartner away easily, as if he was shooing a bug off his shirt.

Of course, he had such moments (of both kinds) last year as well.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

15

Approximate number of yards downfield LG Mike Wahle went to get a block on SS Nate Salley. His teammates were impressed by the effort, and he showed good speed and agility -- especially with his roll at the end of the play after he moved Salley out of the way.

SIDELINES

With no morning practice, the team had a little downtime before lunch. WRs Keary Colbert and Ryne Robinson filled it by playing the piano before they ate -- both showing more than a passing acquaintance with the instrument.

On the other side of the room, radio play-by-play man Mick Mixon was spinning a basketball on his fingers for minutes on end.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Well, we got young back there quick again, didn't we?" -- Defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac, on the sudden lack of depth at linebacker. With Jon Beason holding out, Na'il Diggs (hamstring) hurt and Dan Morgan skipping the contact drills, Trgovac's having to get creative to keep three on the field.

TODAY

he Panthers will practice at 9:10 a.m. and 3:10 p.m., getting out of their routine to accommodate family night.

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