What were some key observations from practice Day 6 during an eventful training camp for the Carolina Panthers so far ahead of the 2022 season?
We are now well into training camp and the Carolina Panthers have ramped things up considerably after Back Together Saturday. This obviously coincides with the pads going on, which increases tempo and intensity as players stake their respective claims for depth chart standing and even spots on the 53-man roster when it’s all said and done.
Head coach Matt Rhule has been happy with the way things have transpired throughout camp so far. However, there is a real eagerness for certain individuals to come to the fore and provide the Panthers with positivity before their crucial Week 1 clash against the Cleveland Browns at Bank of America Stadium.
After some indifferent – and welcome – weather on Monday, things return to the normal Spartanburg humidity for Tuesday’s session. But that did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance or morale on the field throughout.
With this in mind, here are four key observations from practice Day 6 as the 2022 season gets ever closer.
Key Observation No. 1
Carolina Panthers WR C.J. Saunders emerging quickly
Even though it will be difficult for those further down the wide receiver depth chart to make their presence felt, C.J. Saunders’ consistency has been noteworthy and something that could earn him a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Carolina Panthers brought in Saunders last season, primarily as a practice squad player that featured two times, bringing in both his receptions for 11 receiving yards. His influence on special teams is another major positive and it appears as if the Ohio State product has made considerable improvements according to those in attendance.
Saunders is something of a slot specialist, which hinders his hopes. There are also plenty of others vying for positions lower down the pecking order behind the likes of D.J. Moore, Robbie Anderson, and Terrace Marshall Jr.