The Panthers are back in summer school, and not because they didn't pass their EOGs. This is only another in a seemingly endless series of NFL minicamps that pop up in May and June prior to Panthers training camp, which starts Aug.2 this season in Spartanburg.
Anyway, it does give those of us who pine for the NFL a little dose of the sport. It's always good to see Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams run around a little and Jake Delhomme throw some (and to his own guys this time! There's no other choice in summer school).
2 quick impressions after watching the first day of Panthers' summer school Wednesday:
1) Rookie DE Everette Brown looks very quick and has some veteran observers of the Panthers nodding their heads. His work ethic has already gained some positive reviews.
2) While the Panthers all publicly say they expect Julius Peppers on the first day of training camp in Spartanburg (he wasn't practicing Wednesday and isn't expected in summer school at all), I'll remain the naysayer on that one.
I just don't think Peppers will show up on Day 1 in Sparkle City. I think what's going on now is a silent protest, a "I-wanted-to-leave-and-you-didn't-accommodate-me-so-even-though-you'll-pay-me-a-million-a-game-in-2009-I-want-to-make-sure-I-get-my-feelings-across" kind of move. I don't think Peppers will actually hold out for any regular-season games, no, but as much as fans don't want it to, I think this will continue to linger.