|SATURDAY RECAP: Connor getting more comfortable working in the middle|
|Written by Steve Reed|
|Saturday, 07 August 2010 14:30|
HOT TOPIC: Dan Connor’s first “start” in the middle of Carolina’s defense was a huge success.
WHO IMPRESSED: Carolina’s defensive line – both the first and second teams – applied constant pressure with Des Greg Hardy and Tyler Brayton coming up with phantom sacks (defensive linemen weren’t allowed to hit the quarterback) during the scrimmage.
WHO DIDN’T: After a great training camp, QB Matt Moore struggled in completing 4 of 9 passes for 26 yards as the first-team offense managed just two first downs in three possessions. It wasn’t all Moore’s fault as WR Kenny Moore couldn’t come up with a catch on a long bomb and his offensive line was pretty leaky.
INSIDE THE GAME: CB C.J. Wilson got his hands on a couple of passes, but couldn’t come up with an interception. “I’d like to see him catch those, but I think he’s working hard and done a good job in camp.” Fox said.
INJURY UPDATE: The offensive players not participating in the Fan Fest scrimmage included RBs Jonathan Stewart, Tryell Sutton and Mike Goodson, WRs Steve Smith, Charly Martin and Trent Guy, OTs Jeff Otah and Garry Williams and TE Jamie Petrowski. Sitting out on defense were LBs Thomas Davis and Jordan Senn, DT Nick Hayden, DEs Hilee Taylor and Eric Moore, CB Chris Gamble and S Aaron Francisco.
THEY SAID IT: Panthers coach John Fox on the offense’s struggles: “There’s a lot that goes into offense and everybody has to execute what they’re doing. (Matt Moore) made some good throws. We’d have probably liked to have had a little more productive but that is typically where you are at camp.”
INSIDE THE GAME: Fox said just being at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday was a learning experience for a lot of players.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Panthers are off Sunday. They return to Spartanburg, S.C., on Monday to begin preparing for Thursday night’s preseason opener at Baltimore.