NEWS OF THE DAY
It's hot, heat index of 114 in the afternoon. But it's a damp heat, so we've got that going for us.
The Panthers are building more breaks into practice, and monitoring players carefully to protect them from the vicious elements.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Sure, he's not taking all the contact work (he's easing in), but Dan Morgan still makes plays from time to time that remind you how good he can be. During the morning session, he worked off a block and would have simply blown up RB DeAngelo Williams.
TE Jeff King might be the star of camp. He makes some kind of play almost daily which proves that his position will no longer be ignored.
There was a glacier in the middle of the practice field. One of the ballboys spilled a cooler full of ice during the afternoon practice, and it took seven of them (plus John Kasay) to clean it up. Not that it would have taken long to melt.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
The Panthers should have run a few more special teams drills, since former captain Karl Hankton was here. He stood on the sidelines during practice, chatting with coach John Fox and his former teammates.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Number of players taking the afternoon off for injuries or rest.
The best hands of the day clearly belonged to video assistant Jeff Mueller, who snagged not one but two Kasay field goals. Sounds easy, but Mueller films practice from atop a 30-foot high lift, and his platform's about the size of your average desk. And he kept filming practice the whole time, making the snags one-handed.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I had a friend call me yesterday, Mark Bradley, a receiver for the Bears. He said, 'They're trying to kill us out there. It's so hot.' I said, 'Don't complain to me about being hot. Yesterday we practiced at 3 o'clock with a 110 heat index.' He just shut up. The temperature is probably the biggest adjustment for me, bigger than the defense, getting used to the humidity. But I'm from the South, so I've got a feel for it." -- SS Chris Harris, on the difference between the Chicago training camp weather and what he's getting here.
The Panthers will practice once today, at 3:10 p.m. Nothing like three mid-afternoon cookers in a row.