Coach Brian Baker (Chuck Burton/AP)
Tuesday was all about the defense, with Ron Meeks' unit looking strong in most team-oriented sessions. But that doesn't mean the offense was without some standpoint performances, including one by a rookie and another by a training camp newcomer.
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The heat returned to Panthers training camp on Tuesday. After a brief vacation, the sun seemed well rested. A young woman passed out from the heat but recovered minutes later, walking out on her own terms.
Also falling out of action was WR Trent Guy, who was sidelined by a hamstring strain. The speedy Guy (5-foot-8, 171 lbs.) has been one of the more consistent players in training camp, displaying great speed and explosion out of his cuts. He also shined during Sunday's red-zone work.
Can You Imagine?
A fan posed this question: "Can you imagine being the size of those defensive linemen and having to run in this heat like that?" Coach Brian Baker had the answer and did more than imagine it; he expected his linemen to run, run and run some more. He made his unit re-start drills early on, demanding to know, "Why are we jogging?"
Greg Hardy looked like a rookie Tuesday. Coach Baker yelled at him during drills, questioning why Hardy decided to "rip on a cut-off block." Coach Baker kindly let Hardy know the Panthers do not do that.
RB Dantrell Savage signed on Monday to help the injury-thinned ranks at running back. He looked sharp on Tuesday. He is slight in build (5-foot-8, 172 pounds) but brings explosiveness to the table. He made a couple impressive darts down the field after making defenders miss with sudden cuts.
Defense Wins the Day
Practice was dominated by the defense in most of the team-oriented sessions.
Pass-rushing specialist Eric Norwood lined up at defensive end and sacked fellow rookie Jimmy Clausen. CB Brian Witherspoon also made life tough on Clausen, swatting away a pass intended for Dexter Jackson.
Jon Beason also worked his way into the passing lanes, deflecting a pass into the outstretched arms of FS Charles Godfrey.
The play of the day, however, went to rookie R.J. Stanford, who snagged an interception and took of running for a pick-six. Stanford also had a diving deflection on Tuesday as he continues to make the most of all his reps.
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Arsenio Parks is a fullback and English major at Wofford College. He began playing football at 7 years old and went on to garner All Conference, All Region and All State recognitions during his career at Shelby HS. He also lettered in track and field.