View the top photos from the Panthers' second joint training camp practice with the Dolphins at Wofford College.
ONCE A-GINN: On the same field where Ted Ginn, Jr. christened camp with a long touchdown reception, he put a punctuation mark on it with another one.
This time, there wasn't a fence that forced Ginn to put on the breaks.
"It's over!" Ginn exclaimed after streaking past Miami Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor for a 60-yard touchdown on a majestic Cam Newton toss Thursday. "Touchdown! Six!"
The play was the first in two-minute drill that actually left too much time on the clock. In the first practice on the same field, the day after camp had opened at adjacent Gibbs Stadium, Ginn made a similar play at the other end and leapfrogged the fence behind the end zone. This time he simply jumped for joy, with Newton headed downfield to celebrate with him.
CATCHING ON: Ginn and his fellow receivers made a strong initial statement about their ability to fill the sizable shoes of top receiver Kelvin Benjamin, lost for the season to a knee injury suffered Wednesday.
The group really put its best foot forward in one-on-one drills against Dolphins defensive backs. Newton and Derek Anderson combined to complete more than 10 consecutive passes at the start of the drill, including an acrobatic one-hander by Jarrett Boykin while going to the ground in the back corner of the end zone and a similar snag in a similar spot by tight end Greg Olsen – though his was above his head.
"That was a clinic," wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl said. "We've got a great group of guys, and they're up to the challenge. I'm excited for them."
ON THE OTHER HAND: While that was happening on one field, the Panthers' defensive backs were going toe-to-toe with Miami's receivers on another. Cornerbacks T.J. Heath, Bene Benwikere and Josh Norman forced incompletions on three consecutive plays.
At the same time at the other end of the field, linebackers worked on pass coverage against running backs. Rookie linebacker David Mayo impressed, tracking down a pass downfield for running back Damien Williams and stripping the ball away.
Later in the two-minute drill, Benwikere broke up Miami's march with an interception, and safety Kurt Coleman tipped a pass to himself in a red zone period and appeared to pick it. A game official helping with the joint practices ruled him out of the bounds. On game day, that one might have been reviewed.
KEEPING COOL: Teams showed the right amount of intensity throughout the day, though head coach Ron Rivera did step in to make sure nothing negative got started.
On three different occasions with different offensive linemen, things got a little chippy with Dolphins defensive end Emmanue Dieke. Rivera, as he said he had talked to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin about doing, went to Dieke and basically told him to get back to his huddle. That was that.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: When the players were stretching at the end of practice, offensive tackle Martin Wallace suddenly bolted toward a nearby golf cart and hurried off to a chorus of cheers from teammates.
Turns out Martin was on his way to the hospital to be there for the birth of his child.
"His wife just went into labor, so that was pretty good," Rivera said with a smile. "I love her timing. She let us finish practice before she headed to the hospital."
THANK YOU FANS: This year's training camp drew 77,525 fans to Wofford according to the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, easily besting the previous high. Last year's camp drew a record 49,029 fans – a mark that was eclipsed just seven practices into the 14-practice schedule.
"It's about the energy they brought us with their support, showing up on a daily basis," Rivera said. "I told the guys, 'You've become relevant, and people appreciate that.' "