Panthers finishing up with Anderson and other notes

Editorial Staff

Derek Anderson must have impressed the Panthers brass today when the two sides met and Anderson as it has been announced the two sides are close on a deal and that it should be done by the end of the day.

It seems as though part of Anderson’s role will be so serve as a mentor to Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen but according to Pat Yasinskas it seems as though he has a chance to come in and compete for the starting job.

"Rivera said he and Hurney made it clear to Anderson what his role would be. Part of it would be to serve as a mentor to Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen. But Rivera also emphasized that Anderson wouldn’t be coming in already settled on a backup role.Rivera said he told Anderson all he wants him to do is come in and compete. Rivera admitted offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski was instrumental in recruiting Anderson. The two were together in Cleveland in 2007, when Anderson had the best season of his career."

It might be even more necessary than before as Tony Pike missed Monday mornings practice with an undisclosed injury that could sideline him for a while.

–The Panthers also finally came to terms with its last draft pick Oklahoma defensive tackle Terrell McClain. McClain had missed the first two days of practice. The terms of the deal were not released yet but McClain should be with the team tonight when the Pantehrs hit the field.

–So far it sounds like the MVP of the first two days of practice has been former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards.

Edwards struggled last season adjusting to life as a wide receiver and as a punt returner. But it seems as though Edwards has turned a corner as he has looked spectacular in the first two days of camp.

Granted this is without pads, but this is a good sign for someone the Panthers paid so much more.

"“Last year I didn’t trust myself,” Edwards said after practice."

The wide receiver corps is still young and pretty much wide open except for Steve Smith, especially with a new coaching staff. So Edwards will get his shot, but its up to him to make the most of it.