Well Day 1 is in the books folks, and already story lines are starting to emerge in anticipation for the start of Training camp and the 2013 NFL season.
Kenjon Barner is already starting to flash his talent and ability on the field. This kid just oozes potential and is being looked at as a returner and contributor on offense due to his speed and returning skills. Barner, in fact, was one of the first rookies singled out by Coach Ron Rivera.
Rivera says of Barner: “If he continues to grow and improve and flash like he’s been doing, he’s got a real good chance to help us.”
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Barner talks about how he is going to practice and what he brings to the team further here:
“Besides my speed, I bring versatility,” says Barner, who ran the 60 meters, 100 meters and 200 meters for the Oregon track team. “I can affect the game on the field from many different aspects – offense, special teams, whatever the case may be. I can make a play.”
Not surprising, but Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short are also impressing on the field and exciting the coaches with what they bring and how they will contribute for this season and beyond:
“That’s a very good tandem,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “I’m excited about who they can become.”
The Panthers drafted two defensive tackles last in 2011. They now hope to plug them into the middle of the defense for the next several seasons:
“Two years later, the Panthers invested their first two picks in another pair of defensive tackles. Again the front office – led by a new general manager – is confident it’s found the long-term anchors for the defensive line.”
Then there is this story about the how Lotulelei and Short play the same position but bring different styles in play and personality:
Lotulelei is known best as a run-stuffer, Short a pass rusher.
Sounds like a pair of rookie defensive backs are showing out early as well:
“The two guys we felt really good about, who we thought were draftable was the safety from Alabama… and I really liked Melvin White,” Rivera said after the two-hour session. “He’s another guy we felt had a chance to get drafted and didn’t unfortunately. I think those two guys really showed well today.”
Check Catcrave.com for more updates as Day 2 of Rookie camp begins for your favorite team, the Carolina Panthers.