5 big observations from first Carolina Panthers scrimmage at Colts

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What were some big observations to take from the first scrimmage held between the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts on Thursday?

A day of rest for the Carolina Panthers saw them travel to Indianapolis for their sternest test of the preparation period so far. Matt Rhule’s men participated in the first of two planned scrimmages against the Colts on Thursday before taking on the AFC South team in the opening preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

This was fascinating, to put it mildly. And the first time many Panthers players had held scrimmages against other organizations after COVID-19 restrictions denied them the opportunity last summer.

Rhule and his staff will have found out plenty about the players at Carolina’s disposal from scrimmage No. 1. It was a testing day in pretty stifling heat, which is something the team’s already used to from their time at training camp in Spartanburg before this trip.

Without further ado, here are five big observations from the first scrimmage between the Panthers and Colts.

Observation No. 1

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D.J. Moore gets pointers from a Carolina Panthers great

According to the media present at the scrimmage, D.J. Moore spent a lot of time on the sidelines getting some useful pointers from one of the greatest to ever play the wide receiver position.

Carolina Panthers legend Steve Smith was in attendance at the event. Something that Moore was keen to take advantage of, listening intently to what the potential first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer had to say.

This is only going to assist Moore, who could reach superstar status with another leap forward in 2021. Smith will be around the organization plenty next season, so the Maryland product would be wise to seek counsel as much as possible.