I was unable to write anything all weekend. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it! There were too many topics to choose from while the Panthers were holding their minicamp session in Charlotte over the weekend.
Compare my situation to when you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and have to decide what to put on your plate. Too much on the first trip is never good, but not getting enough is just as bad.
So I took what I read over the weekend, and I’ll share with you my thoughts on some of the better stuff that was.
Through the team’s official website, I discovered fans were tailgating at the event, cooking all sorts of fare; including brats, sausage, burgers, ribs — you name it, it was there.
The real treat there, was when some of the Panthers players joined in and had some of what fans had to offer. Two players of note: middle linebacker Jon Beason and running back Jonathan Stewart.
On the field, there wasn’t a whole lot going on in terms of real battle for depth chart positioning. It was more or less an opportunity for the rookies and vets to mix it up a bit, and get to know each other.
Not to say there wasn’t any drills going on, because there were. Just not the typical hard-hitting drills you will see in training camp. Minicamp is merely a chance for everyone to get back into the swing of life in the NFL. It also gives coaches an opportunity to check out who they’ve drafted.
I also found out — though I’m not surprised — that wide receiver Steve Smith will be taking on a role of leadership for the offense. You have to figure since he is now the players’ rep to the union for the team, he would have to take on a full leadership role.
Given Smith’s work ethic and dedication to the game, that should bode well for the team and the young corps of receivers.
Back to the Matt Moore Vs. Jimmy Clausen competition; well, it’s going to happen. For those of us who thought all along that this is Moore’s job to lose, are correct.
Head coach John Fox surmised that whichever quarterback wins the job, will start on the road at the New York Giants in Week One.
On a side note, I need to get tickets for that game. Anyone have any? I’ll be your best friend for life.
Clausen’s words have been impressive, but lack substance since he has yet to take a real snap in the NFL. I’m looking forward to seeing if and how he backs up what he has said so far.
One last thing, the Panthers added a 14th undrafted free agent to their roster over the weekend. Charlotte native and wide receiver Trent Guy, who played for Louisville. The kid has some good speed, too.