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Three standouts: Panthers vs. Dolphins

The performances of quarterback Joe Webb and running back Brandon Wegher were hard to miss in Saturday's preseason victory, but there were others that were harder to notice but no less noteworthy.

Here are three other performers who stood out.

RB Cameron Artis-Payne: There's no way the rookie running back would have gone unnoticed if he had scored on a third-and-goal run midway through the second quarter that prompted fellow Auburn alum Cam Newton to razz him for lacking a nose for the goal line.

So if you blinked, you might have missed the one single play Saturday that showed how dangerous a weapon Artis-Payne just might be.

Earlier on that drive, he ran hard toward the line and then ripped through a hole on the left side and down the sideline for a 29-yard gain. His other three carries on the night totaled four yards, but that play spoke volumes about his potential.

LB A.J. Klein: Klein would have been hard to miss if only he had secured a potential interception on a pass over the middle on the possession after Artis-Payne's run. But the linebacker came up with another pass breakup to force a punt on that drive, and he was a real presence during a key stretch in which Carolina's defense finally began to look like itself. When all was said and done, Klein paced the Panthers with six tackles.

K Graham Gano: It was actually hard to miss Gano's majestic first-half kicks, but in a world where field goals are sometimes viewed as the product of failed drives, Gano's value sometimes goes unnoticed.

In the final six minutes of the first half, Gano banged home three field goals, the shortest one coming from 46 yards out. That one, as well as the one from 48 yards and the one from 52, looked effortless though there's clearly nothing automatic about such lengthy boots.

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