Carolina Panthers

PANTHERS DAILY DIGEST

NEWS OF THE DAY

They went through what could be the last full practice of camp, since coach John Fox canceled the afternoon work for a trip to the movies.

There's a walk-through today, and no official word on next week. Fox has called it after two preseason games before, so a good effort against the Eagles on Friday might earn them a shortened stay.

WHAT WE LEARNED

DE Stanley McClover and the defense aren't the only ones barking. The entire offense sounded like a dog pound when LT Travelle Wharton flattened DT Kris Jenkins, popping RB Nick Goings for a nice run. McClover's feeling his oats and sounding off, but the other side's getting into it, too.

STOCK UP

The local safety connection has made strides. While Chris Harris, Nate Salley and Deke Cooper have taken the first work, Bennettsville natives Cam Newton and Quinton Teal are working as the second group. Undrafted rookie Teal's having a nice camp, and seems to have nudged ahead of seventh-round pick C.J. Wilson.

STOCK DOWN

Poor WR Justin McCullum. He's the last guy working on the side with strength coach Jerry Simmons, and must be getting tired of doing push-ups and riding stationary bikes.

DID YOU HEAR THAT?

CB Ken Lucas had nice coverage on WR Steve Smith, and should have picked off a pass in one-on-one drills. But, he dropped the ball.

"That," Smith said, pausing for dramatic effect, "is why you play defense."

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 3

At least, the number of passes batted away by Lucas. He's having a good camp, getting past last year's injuries and showing well at times during his daily duels with Smith.

SIDELINES

Everyone's a little tired of Wofford right now, not the least of them the players. McClover was eating a bag of chips for lunch when coach Sal Sunseri quizzed him about his diet.

"Coach, I can't eat one more hamburger," McClover said of his daily choice off the training table.

"Hey, they got meatballs," Sunseri replied. "You got something against the Italians?"

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm not even sure what the choices are. I could go see 'Ratatouille' and be happy as can be. It doesn't matter to me. -- QB Jake Delhomme, on the break to go to the movies.

TODAY

The Panthers will have a short walk-through at 9:45 a.m., before they head back to Charlotte for their flight to Philadelphia.

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