SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Panthers removed the pads Friday but still put together a lively final tune-up before returning to Bank of America Stadium for Fan Fest on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to seeing our crowd,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “We’ve had great crowds in Spartanburg with 12,000 on opening night and then a couple of thousand sitting through a rainstorm. That’s been exciting to have them here for us, but we’re look forward to having our fans come see us at Bank of America Stadium.”
“He has a little bit of strain in his calf on the (same leg with) knee that was repaired,” Rivera said. “The whole approach will be to be careful with him, and then we’ll evaluate him as we get into next week.”
“Those guys are really going to be day-by-day,” Rivera said. “With the wide receivers and DBs, their most important this is to run, run, run. It takes a little bit longer.”
--During one-on-one drills, wide receiver
--Ness got some redemption late in the practice, securing his first interception in a Panthers uniform. The newcomer reeled in a high throw from quarterback
--During a hurry-up portion of practice, safety
--Louis Murphy found a gap in zone coverage on the left side and Clausen floated the ball over safety
--Tolbert caught a screen pass and ran left for a big gain behind the lead-blocking of guard
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
--Newton was entertaining, as usual, throughout the session. While stretching with the other quarterbacks, he sang “Wild Thing.” Then, anxious to get practice started, Cam shouted, “What are we waiting on, Christmas?”
--While watching Clausen lead the offense, Newton ran up to tight end
--LaFell made several top-notch catches throughout the session -- a couple deep downfield and a couple in tight quarters over the middle. He displayed great hands, plucking the ball out of the air with confidence, something he’s done all camp.