CB BENÉ BENWIKERE
The fifth-round pick completely dominated the first Friday practice in Spartanburg, snagging two interceptions and batting away at least three other passes. During an acceptance speech on WFNZ last week, Benwikere said, “That was definitely a day when I felt in the zone … You probably could have thrown the ball my way all day I was going to get to it somehow.”
DT KAWANN SHORT
Short finished his rookie year with a flourish, and he picked up right where he left off with an incredible camp. He’ll get plenty of snaps and should eventually work his way into the starting rotation.
DE MARIO ADDISON
After receiving a contract extension this summer, Addison celebrated in Puerto Rico. His colorful re-enactment of a jet ski run gone wrong was tremendous.
T BYRON BELL
Bell wrapped up best dance and speech on the same day he had his best practice. Despite the wishes of many fans, the left tackle job is his to lose Sunday against the Chiefs. If he ends up proving his critics wrong this season, his story — which is already underrated — will be documentary-worthy.
CB JOSH NORMAN
After tweaking a hamstring during Fan Fest, it took Norman a week to return to the field. Once he did, he impressed coaches with his ability to play within the confines of the system, something they begged him to do during his first two disappointing seasons. With a good performance against the Chiefs, Norman has a chance to take over a starting role from Melvin White.
Does “It’s Never Sunny in Spartanburg” have the ring of a can’t-miss hit sitcom? Ok fine, but folks who don’t believe in global warming could use the last few training camps as an argument.
If his unit leads the Panthers to the playoffs again, this will have been the defensive coordinator’s last summer in Spartanburg. Ron Rivera and a number of defensive assistants deserve a heap of credit as well, but McDermott’s star is very much on the rise.
- Right after camp broke, we recorded a podcast with Ron Rivera. — BBR
- Everything else from Tuesday in Spartanburg. — BBR
- Yes, Cam Newton’s “Huddle Up” series is a new form of advertising. But it’s advertising worth watching. — YouTube
- Not sure what’s going to happen with De’Andre Presley, but he did look good in OTAs. — Watauga Democrat
- Luke Kuerhly. — reddit