Stephen Davis showed off why the Panthers signed him in the off-season, rushing for 74 yards on seven carries.
"I feel great," said Davis, who played seven seasons for Washington. "The offensive line and fullback did a great job blocking. We've got a long way to go. This is just the start and sets the tempo for us and helps us get ready for the rest of the season. We still have some work to do and we will go back to training camp and try to get better."
Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad had three receptions for 41 yards. The veteran receiver liked what he saw in the Panthers new-look offense.
"I'm encouraged by what we did," said Muhammad. "I'm impressed with the way Stephen Davis ran the ball. I was even more impressed by the way our offensive line blocked. One thing that was steady and has always proven to be steady was the way Rodney (Peete) stepped up and threw the ball under pressure. I was fortunate enough to make some big plays and I'll be happy when Steve (Smith) is able to get back out there."
For tackle Jordan Gross, the Panthers first-round draft pick, it was a good start out of the blocks.
"It was nice to get out here and play against some other faces in a live situation. I had a lot of fun. Stephen Davis did a great job. He made us look good. Sometimes he hit a hole that wasn't even supposed to be there and went 30 yards. He did a great job.
"I think I did a good job. All the guys in practice said a real game would be faster. It's going to be a good test next week."