So Cam Newton has impressed everyone during his two weeks working with the Panthers. While he was the reason ESPN showed up to Panthers practice Thursday, he’s not the only player on the team.
Here a few other Panthers nuggets, courtesy of beat writer in exile Darin Gantt and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
1. Gantt notes linebacker Thomas Davis was in attendance, which is risky considering Davis coming off his second ACL tear in as many years. Davis doesn’t have a contract, but the Panthers figure to bring him back assuming he stays healthy.
2. Jonathan Stewart was also practicing. This is the first healthy offseason of Stewart’s career; he has almost never participated in minicamps and OTAs because he’s always recovering from a foot injury. The timing couldn’t be better for the Panthers as Stewart seems likely to take over as the team’s starter with DeAngelo Williams set to be a free agent.
If Carolina is going to surprise teams in 2011, Stewart will be a huge key. He has the talent to be a 1,500-yard type of runner.
3. Steve Smith was not there on Friday, but did make a guest appearance during the week.