Update On The Carolina Panthers 2015 Training Camp #2


May 28, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne walks to the practice field prior to the practice held at the Bank of America Stadium practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of the talk out of training camp since my last update has focused on a few players that are new to the Carolina Panthers.

Let us start with Cameron Artis-Payne and the fact that he has looked extremely good in practices so far this training camp. Many local media point out his ability to be patient and look for holes in the defense set up by his blockers. He was my favorite pick in terms of potential to have an immediate impact and also in terms of value where he was picked at. Nobody leads the SEC in rushing and is a bad player it just never happens. I have heard about his tackle shedding ability which is a must have if you are not a fast running back (Artis-Payne is not a speed running back). I have seen how much Auburn fans love him too which tells me fans will grow to love him too in Carolina.

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I am still hearing questions about Michael Oher and whether he can be the starting left tackle for the Panthers. As of right now I am leaning toward him being the left tackle to start the season but I think Daryl Williams will take that spot at left tackle by the end of the year. Williams was a name I was hearing a lot over the week because for a few snaps he played at left tackle and people at the practice thought he did really well. Williams has the size and the agility in my opinion to play there but his technique will have to improve quite a bit from his college days to take the leap to left tackle from right tackle. If he can do that there is no reason that this offensive line could not have a good year overall.

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  • Shaq Thompson is finally starting to practice so not much on him other then the fact that he is ready to go. Hopefully, he shows the reason why he was drafted by us in the first round. I will keep everyone up to date on Thompson and other training camp news in the next update which will be out next week.

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