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Five Practice Observations: Day 11

View photos of Carolina's 11th practice at training camp.

1. Kuechly's first day off: It's unusual to start this report with an observation about a player getting a vet day, but when that player is linebacker Luke Kuechly, it's a unique circumstance.

In fact, Tuesday was the first vet day of Kuechly's career.

"Boy, did he catch hell for it," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He was a willing participant. He's learning. He deserves those types of breaks on occasion. We've got to make sure he's fresh once we get into the season."

2. Anderson moves the offense: Quarterback Cam Newton and the first-team offense was held out of the two-minute drill, allowing more work for the second and third units.

Quarterback Derek Anderson used several intermediate completions to move the ball to the 8-yard line with 11 seconds left on the clock. He then hit wide receiver Miles Shuler for the touchdown with six seconds to spare.

3. Webb moves the offense: Quarterback Joe Webb's unit reached the end zone quickly. A beautifully thrown deep ball down the sideline to wide receiver Avius Capers gave the offense plenty of time to work with.

Webb then took advantage of some miscommunication defensively to find rookie tight end Braxton Deaver wide open for the touchdown.

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4. Sweet move from Stew: Running back Jonathan Stewart is a handful for defensive backs to deal with. Most brace themselves for his power, but he has agility to make them miss.

During team period, Stewart took a carry left and used to nifty juke move to get the edge on rookie cornerback James Bradberry. Members of the offense responded with oohs and aahs.

5. Sanchez breaks it up: Rookie cornerback Zack Sanchez is looking more and more comfortable at nickel. His nose for the ball was on display Tuesday, reading a pass headed to wide receiver Stephen Hill and diving to get a hand on it.

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