The Panthers reconvened on Wednesday for day 2 of their mandatory minicamp. The debut of Christian McCaffrey was once again delayed like some odd WWE storyline. However, in his absence there was still enough to talk about following day 2.
Chirpiness and trash talk on display: Despite only throwing underhand while his shoulder recovers, Cam Newton was one of the more vocal players on the field Tuesday anytime the offense was able to execute a play that the defense wasn’t ready for. Derek Anderson and Captain Munnerlyn mixed it up a little bit after Munnerlyn drilled Anderson on a pass rush. Despite a six-inch height disadvantage, Munnerlyn didn’t back down. This sort of trash talking and confrontations in training camp, OTA’s, minicamp, etc. are nothing new as sometimes it builds chemistry on a team. For the Panthers who are coming off a 6-10 season, hopefully they can let this aggression translate on the field come September.
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James Bradberry to have cast removed: Well this news comes ridiculously early as Bradberry sustained the injury roughly 10 days ago. He was initially given a timetable of 6 weeks with a cast. That timetable still would have put him ready and healthy in time for training camp in late July so this news seems a bit rushed. What’s the benefit to having him take the cast off on the last day of minicamp when his wrist was fractured just over a week ago? Perhaps the injury wasn’t as serious as initially reported and the cast may have been put on to prevent further injury. The timetable for recovery still remains the same, but perhaps there’s no need for protection any further.
Other news and notes: After spending most of the practices on the bike, Curtis Samuel was a full participant in day 2 of practice. Second-year defensive back Daryl Worley made a diving attempt to break up a pass intended for Kelvin Benjamin that generated a lot of excitement with Luke Kuechly.Rookie defensive back Corn Elder dropped an underthrown pass intended for Keyarris Garrett and was visibly upset.
The Panthers have one more day of minicamp (held today, the review will be posted later tonight) before breaking until training camp next month.