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Monday’s Health Watch, Top Plays and Observations

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Practiced after sitting out Saturday:

  • OT Nate Chandler (knee)
  • DT Kawann Short (back)
  • CB Charles Tillman (groin)

Worked on side with trainers:

  • WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) — Appeared ready to go; he’ll practice Tuesday if he shows up to work feeling fine.
  • OL Amini Silatolu (calf) — Had a helmet for the first time since Fan Fest.
  • TE Brandon Williams (groin) — Was hoping for a Monday return, but still on the PUP list.
  • DE Charles Johnson (calf) — Wouldn’t be surprising if he’s held out the final two preseason games.
  • CB Lou Young (hamstring)
  • DB Colin Jones (groin)

Not on field:

  • C Ryan Kalil (knee) — Goal is to get him back for Week 1.
  • TE Richie Brockel (shoulder) — Rivera would only say it’s a “sore” shoulder.
  • OT Davonte Wallace (concussion)
  • DT Star Lotulelei (foot) — Target remains Week 1.


  • DE Frank Alexander (Achilles) was waived/injured. He’ll revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers. The Panthers filled his roster spot with TE Dallas Walker.
  • Team period No. 1: As QB Cam Newton gets ready to fire deep for WR Corey Brown, defensive backs coach Steve Wilks screams multiple times, “Where’s he looking 2-9?” Following the advice, S Dean Marlowe, No. 29, reads Newton’s eyes and makes an easy interception.
  • 7-on-7s: Newton heaves a pass about 20 yards down the right sideline for FB Mike Tolbert, who, while falling backward, grabs the ball just before it hits the ground.
  • 2-minute drill: As they did a handful of times in Spartanburg, Newton and Ted Ginn connect for a long touchdown on a go-route. CB Charles Tillman and S Tre Boston were in coverage.
  • 2-minute drill: Third-string QB Joe Webb, still making plays. This time he rolls right and throws a dart to Brown in the end zone.
  • Brian Folkerts and Mike Remmers split first-team reps at C in Kalil’s absence.
  • With Johnson out again and Alexander done for the year, Wes Horton was with the starters at LDE across from Kony Ealy.
  • Even though the Panthers aren’t in Spartanburg anymore, they’re still technically in training camp. So Monday’s practice periods looked pretty much the same as they did at Wofford, sans a crowd and newly landscaped grounds.
  • During one-on-ones between offensive and defensive linemen, OT Daryl Williams had to go three straight times while he received some tough love from the coaches. Even though the fourth-round pick shined in Spartanburg, it’s a reminder he still has plenty to learn.
  • Team period No. 2 started well for the defense, with CB Charles Tillman batting away a pass intended for WR Brenton Bersin. But when the offense started rolling a bit against what was mostly the second defensive unit, coordinator Sean McDermott huddled his guys for a spirited … pep talk.
  • Despite his two-touchdown performance against the Dolphins, it appeared RB Brandon Wegher remained at No. 5 spot on the depth chart.
  • Some quotes to note from Rivera

On LB Shaq Thompson’s preseason debut: “We saw the explosiveness. We did some different things with him. We put him in different situations. One thing that impressed me was his ability to cover. He’s as advertised.”

On WR Corey Brown’s rough Saturday: “He had a couple opportunities that he missed, but he’s going to make more than he’ll miss. But we feel good about him because his route running was really good.’’

On DT Terry Redden’s interception: “It was spectacular. I thought the run back was better, though. I kind of would liked to have seen him score … I was with a guy that was 300 pounds that played running back at one time. It kind of reminded me a little of that when he had the ball.’’




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4 thoughts on “Monday’s Health Watch, Top Plays and Observations”

  1. what is it going to take for wegher to move up the depth chart? does he need to score 7 tds next week to maybe become 4th on the roster ? i hate riveras loyalty to vets approach

    1. Agreed. I would like to see him go up against some 1s and 2s, and have 1s and 2s clearing the way. This kid could be special. Hopefully he and Ward get some quality time Friday night.

  2. Looking good against third and fourth string defense dosent make him better than the four before him. It really only says the third and fourth string defense is that much weaker than the the ones and twos. Strong practice and good performances against quality defenders would probably move him up. Fozzy was awesome in the preseason last year and ok at best during the season last year.

  3. Hopefully, Newton paid attention to Wilkes telling Marlowe to watch Cam’s eyes. If our coaches and DBs see it, then so does the opposing defense. Cam has been playing too long to be making those kind of mistakes. Look the defender away, then pass the ball. Staring down receivers never ends well.

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