The Panthers are two-thirds done with their 2019 mandatory minicamp.

Here’s a few notes from the team and the media from the second day of practice.

Cam Newton extends range, throws to moving targets

First up, Newton took the next step forward in his recovery today. Cam extended his range from 15 to about 20 yards and started throwing at moving targets, as well.

Cam Newton did a little more on the second day of the Panthers' mandatory three-day minicamp. He expanded his range from 15 to about 20 yards and threw a handful of passes to moving targets as opposed to stationary. He still did…

— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) June 12, 2019

Here’s a look at Newton throwing to one of his new weapons: Chris Hogan, who led all NFL wide receivers in yards of separation last season.

Cam’s got a new target 🎯

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 12, 2019

Newton was still limited to individual drills only. He likely won’t participate in team drills until training camp next month.

WR Aldrick Robinson injures leg

The Panthers have suffered their second injury of the offseason. Wide receiver Mose Frazier broke his arm early on at OTAs and was waived in order to make room for Gerald McCoy.

Today, another receiver went down. Recent free agent pickup Aldrick Robinson injured his leg. Some observers believe it was his right hamstring.

WR Aldrick Robinson injured his leg today, looked like a hamstring.

— Joe Person (@josephperson) June 12, 2019

It’s unclear how serious Robinson’s injury is at this time, but he did not leave the field, so that’s a good sign.

Donte Jackson and Curtis Samuel made splash plays

Donte Jackson with an acrobatic pass breakup on a deep Allen throw, and then let the Dortmund guys know in the celebration 😂 McCaffrey pulled a nice catch with Kuechly in covg that got Cam yelling – as did a long end zone catch by Samuel, who is showing his speed today.

— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) June 12, 2019

Ron Rivera suggests Panthers want to keep James Bradberry

After practice, coach Rivera seemed to suggest that the team wants to keep cornerback James Bradberry around. Bradberry is entering a contract year, but Rivera deferred to general manager Marty Hurney as per usual.

Rivera defers to Hurney when asked if a contract for Bradberry is a priority – sometimes priority guys can get deals worked out before training camp – but does allow that “you gotta make sure you keep a corner like that around.”

— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) June 12, 2019

It’s possible Rivera is referring to the drop-off the Panthers experienced at the position when Josh Norman was allowed to leave.

Bradberry is a solid starter, but paying him a long-term extension at No. 1 cornerback kind of money might become problematic.


5 takeaways from the first day of Panthers 2019 mandatory minicamp