With the Panthers first preseason game just days away, the intensity in Spartanburg is as fiery as it’s never been. Tuesday afternoon’s practice saw no contrast, and a special guest was there to witness it: Mr. Gil Brandt.
Brandt, a former executive for the Cowboys, is now the highest-respected talent evaluator in the league. For Brandt, the talent wasn’t too hard to find, as offensive firecrackers Kelvin Benjamin and Cam Newton put on quite the showcase.
Cam Newton looked magnificent, best I’ve seen him, at @Panthers camp today. Mostly dropped back. Rookie Kelvin Benjamin didn’t drop a pass.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 5, 2014
Not only did Benjamin not drop a pass today, but according to many observers in Spartanburg, he hasn’t dropped a single pass all camp. He has been a phenom of sorts, and quite frankly, I’ve never seen Newton throw to someone so often.
Brandt was one of the few analysts that had Benjamin as a top 15 pick, so having his evaluations come to life in front of his eyes must have been exciting to watch. He spoke to David Newton of ESPN, stating that the Panthers have a ‘strong weapon‘, and that the entire cast of Carolina receivers were underrated by many.
It is also no coincidence that Newton is throwing his best ball, now that he and Benjamin are a chemistry experiment gone right. The relationship between the two is one that has been sorely needed in Charlotte for years, and will be a necessity in order to get the offense off the ground and running.
The comments from Brandt today are a strong confirmation of what the Panthers have been observing for weeks, as they hope a true #1 receiver has finally returned in Carolina.