SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Players trying to secure a roster spot give it their all during every period of a Panthers training camp practice, but they – much like the fans – look forward to team periods.
On the practice fields at Wofford College, stretching, special teams work and position drills all come before the offense and defense line up against each other, but that isn't the case at Panthers.com.
After training camp practices, the staff will take you through the moments that defined the day. You're invited to eat your dessert first.
INSTANT REPLAYS: The defense came up with a pair of interceptions at the expense of quarterback
--Newton did hook up with several receivers for nice catches, including grabs by
--LaFell couldn't track down one particularly deep ball, and the momentum carried him and cornerback
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: For the second time in as many practices, Newton tossed one football into the crowd – sort of. His underhand toss toward fans lining the end zone didn't quite make it over a temporary snow fence. The ball bounced off several hands before a fortunate fan finally secured it.
--Smith spent some time on the side with newly acquired wideout
--Head coach Ron Rivera watched the defensive backs work through a strip drill, and safety
THE DRILLING STATION: The defense concentrated on causing and then securing turnovers Sunday. Each position group worked on knocking the ball away from a ballcarrier from behind; diving on a loose ball and shielding it with their body in anticipation of players piling on; and backpedaling before cutting hard in front of a receiver stationed over the middle and intercepting the pass.
NEXT UP: The Panthers will wear full pads for the first time this camp when they return to the practice field Monday at 6 p.m. Defensive end
"That's happened twice in my career, and both times it was DeAngelo," Beason said. "But it's all good. We'll put the pads on and get that addressed."