Carolina Panthers

PANTHERS DIGEST

NEWS OF THE DAY

DE Julius Peppers talked, but too soon to address the news that came later in the day.

The Panthers signed former Tampa Bay T Kenyatta Walker Monday, shoring up the outside of their line but adding a player who has warred with the Panthers' defense in the past.

Walker was accused of being a dirty player in 2003. We'll see how quickly things thaw.

WHAT WE LEARNED

They're still going to ease WLB Jon Beason into things. Incumbent starter Na'il Diggs was back after missing most of camp with a hamstring strain. That left the rookie working with the second team on a full-time basis, and had James Anderson backing up Thomas Davis at SLB again.

Beason played well enough in the opener, but they're going to give him more time and more reps to learn.

STOCK UP

Ryne Robinson the returner was so-so, but Ryne Robinson the receiver has looked sharp. He has nice feet, getting them down quickly in the back of the end zone, making a nice catch despite decent coverage by CB Richard Marshall.

STOCK DOWN

Something's missing with RB Eric Shelton. He couldn't seem to catch a screen pass, dropping a pair of them and looking unathletic in the process.

DID YOU SEE/HEAR THAT?

The Panthers spent a good bit of time working on hard counts during the morning, and not everybody's mastered them. TE Michael Gaines was the first to jump, but DT Maake Kemoeatu evened the score later in practice.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

73-0

Walker's starts at tackle in the NFL, compared to the rest of the backups on the Panthers' roster right now.

SIDELINES

This could get interesting. Walker didn't do any team work in the night practice, but they ran him through some individual drills at right tackle.

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