5 key observations from second Carolina Panthers practice in Charlotte

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Shi Smith
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What are some key observations from the second day of practice for the Carolina Panthers ahead of their preseason finale on Friday?

There was a tremendous amount of buzz in the air when the Carolina Panthers turned up for the second day of practice back in Charlotte. Of course, just an hour or so before confirmation came regarding Robby Anderson’s two-year extension with the organization, which gave everyone a real lift ahead of another session in more familiar surroundings.

This is something that’s been in the works for a while and the Panthers can now turn their attentions elsewhere in their long-term plan. Carolina is becoming a stable environment once again following the introduction of general manager Scott Fitterer and everyone associated with the organization can be thankful for that.

The team is now at the business end of preparations for the 2021 season. Five players were waived during the second round of cuts and with the Pittsburgh Steelers set to provide a big test at Bank of America Stadium on Friday evening, it will be the biggest indicator yet as to how the roster has developed during the offseason.

Without further ado, here are five key observations from Carolina’s second practice of the week.

Observation No. 1

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(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Giovanni Ricci /

Are the Carolina Panthers moving Giovanni Ricci to FB?

Considering how much the Panthers are expected to run the football with Christian McCaffrey returning to health, it seems strange that they don’t have a registered full-back on the roster. The coaching staff has high hopes that rookie Tommy Tremble can assume an H-back role, even though he won’t be the stereotypical bruiser Carolina has last season with Alex Armah.

However, that could be about to change.

According to multiple media members in attendance, Giovanni Ricci switched numbers from 87 to 40, which might suggest the player becoming more involved at full-back than tight end moving forward.

This might be a small thing. But it’s something worth keeping an eye on and especially if Ricci shines in a different role.