Panthers claim more than 50 players showed for workout
The player count – and that is the only one we have to go on here – was that 50 guys, maybe a little more, showed up for the Carolina Panthers’ first offseason workout on Tuesday.
That’s the tally left tackle Jordan Gross made and there wasn’t any other one to go on as the man who put the action together at Charlotte Christian School also closed it to media and the public, hiring a police officer to keep the unwanted out.
In blistering heat, they got some work done. There will be three more workouts this week and four are scheduled for next week.
“We've got guys that want to win,” Gross said, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “And to pay your own ticket to fly out here and be a part of this event shows that guys are willing to work and get better. To study on our own, to work out on our own, take that initiative. I would like to believe that we got one of the better-attended sessions in the league.
“So last year isn't the norm. I think there's great things to come, and this just makes me excited - days like today.”
Gross explained he wanted to protect players with the workouts and avoid reports of who’s here and who’s absent. Of course, the Detroit Lions avoided that by telling reporters they would be banned if they reported attendance.
“I think when you win two games, you don't have any business worrying about publicity or exposure,” Gross said. “We want to focus on getting to know our teammates, the new guys. To focus without distractions. Not worry about completion percentages being taken note of or who was in shape, who wasn't, (and) what guys were there and weren't.
“We had an outstanding attendance and it went real well.”
Cam Newton reportedly worked out with his new teammates. We’ll have to wait to find out how he’s blending in.
“He's in shape,” guard Travelle Wharton said. “You can tell he's worked hard and prepared - out on the field and in meetings. So that's always good - as well as all our rookies. They did a great job. You can tell they're still in shape.”
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