NEWS OF THE DAY
Everyone got to go home, and that's a good thing. The Panthers broke camp after Monday's practice, a relief to all involved. They had to come back after last week's stinker in Philadelphia, but coach John Fox wasn't going to keep them too long. The work's been done.
WHAT WE LEARNED
They're worn out. In past years, rookies have been chased into the woods to get their good-natured dousing with water buckets and Gatorade. As hot as it's been and as physical as the practices were, there's not a lot of energy left over for shenanigans. Thus, they were rounded up quickly and dealt with, and everyone headed for their cars.
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WR Dwayne Jarrett made a highlight-reel catch. Covered well by CB Chris Gamble, Jarrett jumped and reached back over Gamble's head to make the grab. His hands are ready-made for the league, and once he gets caught up to the nuances, he should become a weapon in the red zone.
Rookie TE Dante Rosario tried to slip away without being noticed. It didn't work. Special teams coach Danny Crossman just laughed, and told him to get back with his group for his turn. "It'll only be worse," he cautioned, before Rosario went back for his pre-shower shower.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
LB James Anderson made an agile play during team drills, stripping the ball away from TE Chad Upshaw and picking it up on the run. He's active, and is coming off a good game against the Eagles, one of the few who could say that.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Linebackers on one goalpost, as rookies Jon Beason, Tim Shaw and Mickey Pimentel filled up the area.
The easy thing to do was sprint up the hill and go home. But hats off to WR Steve Smith, FB Brad Hoover, LB James Anderson and Fox for signing autographs afterward for the few diehards who stayed for the last day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's always hot. You're an idiot if you come down here and think it's not going to be hot. So we all expect it. It's nothing new." -- LB Dan Morgan
The Panthers return to their practice facility at Bank of America Stadium. Practices are closed to the public from now on.
-- Darin Gantt