NEWS OF THE DAY
They're getting close to the payoff. After two weeks of camp, they went through their final padded practice before Saturday's preseason opener against the New York Giants. It's been a physical, hot camp, and the Panthers are ready to see someone in a different uniform.
WHAT WE LEARNED
When asked to run fast in a straight line, WR Drew Carter's good. He got matched up with safety Deke Cooper one-on-one, and blazed past him for an easy touchdown.
There might not be a starting job for G-C Geoff Hangartner this year, but there will be a role. He's probably going to start at RG for Jeremy Bridges during his two-game suspension, and he was working with the starters as the sixth lineman during goal-line drills Thursday. Hangartner's smart and tough, just the way John Fox likes them, and a more-than-capable replacement if a starter goes down.
Somebody needs to remind DE Charles Johnson you don't hit the QBs. He put a solid pop on Brett Basanez that stood out because you're not used to seeing such plays.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
York's Josh Davis might face long odds of making a team stacked with talent at wide receiver, but he's still showing well. He worked inside cornerback Ken Lucas with a nifty move during 7-on-7 drills, making a nice grab in the front corner of the end zone.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Did we mention it was hot? Spontaneous combustion is a tangible risk when the heat index is this high.
RB DeShaun Foster's saving his legs, motoring around campus on a Segway scooter. He drove it all the way into the lobby of the cafeteria at lunch.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"In college I was taken off the team because I was taking too many hits. A lot of it was we had guys back there who really didn't care or didn't want to do it or in some cases just couldn't do it. Now we have guys who care, and we're working toward something, so I think the effort level is going to be there, and we'll make something out of it." -- Rookie WR Ryne Robinson, explaining why he had just eight kickoff return attempts in college. Basically, it wasn't worth getting him killed.
The Panthers will have a short walk-through at 9:45 a.m. before heading back to Charlotte, then flying to New York for Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.