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PANTHERS DAILY DIGEST

NEWS OF THE DAY

Mike Minter didn't want us to see him cry. Good thing he wore sunglasses, although it still didn't work. In an emotional press conference, Minter announced he was retiring after 10 seasons because of knee problems.

Of course, his sendoff was just one of the storylines of the day.

WHAT WE LEARNED

If Jerry Richardson is going to pay Julius Peppers, he wants more than sacks for his money.

The owner called out Peppers by name -- just as Minter had in Sunday's team meeting -- to be the next leader of the Panthers' defense. Peppers nodded quietly as his boss spoke directly to him.

He's never been known as a talker but made some strides within the locker room last year. He will likely never be the out-front presence Minter was.

STOCK UP

Answer to the trivia question of the day -- TE Dan Murray. He's the guy who replaced Minter on the roster.

Murray was in Jacksonville camp briefly, and he's around because the other fourth TE (Chad Upshaw) is working through a knee injury.

STOCK DOWN

The Panthers were down to eight wide receivers for practice, with Steve Smith taking the day off and youngsters Justin McCullum and Jahkeen Gilmore on the side with injuries. The guys that were left were dragging by the end.

DID YOU SEE THAT?

Best deep ball of the day was thrown by Jake Delhomme, who hit under-the-radar WR Chris Horn on a long bomb. Horn's an intriguing case, and might be the dark horse that makes the roster.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

110

That would be the official heat index -- at the beginning of the 3 p.m. practice. It got hotter, the first real cooker of the summer.

SIDELINES

They were careful to make sure no one fell out because of the weather. They got an extra break during their fully padded practice, as coach John Fox twice ordered them under the tent in the middle of the practice facility to cool off.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This is the way you're suppose to conduct yourself. And because it's taught, there's no better way to learn than to observe. And I hope you're paying attention. And I'm sure you are. And Julius, you're coming up. This is your time to step up. And I'm not talking about running and sacking, I'm talking about leadership. This is your time." -- Owner Jerry Richardson

TODAY

The Panthers will practice twice today, at 9:10 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. The afternoon practice will be held at Snyder Field, Wofford's soccer stadium.

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