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The Panthers brought veteran tackle Cameron Erving in this offseason for a few reasons, including his athleticism, his ability to play multiple positions, particular schematic fits, and the fact he's been in enough situations with enough different people that he knows stuff.
So when he was about to head off the field Thursday night after the first day of joint practice with the Colts, he also knew what was coming, since head coach Matt Rhule crawled them afterward.
"Of course he's upset. We're all upset,"
Erving said. "We don't take this lightly. We have to take every rep as if it's the last one you're going to get, the one that's going to decide whether you make this team or not.
"So we're going to come out with more intensity tomorrow, but it's a good thing for us to see."
The problems on offense for the Panthers on Thursday night were multiple, and Rhule began by singling out his receivers, lest anyone think that performance was all the fault of the quarterbacks. His offensive linemen didn't necessarily have a fun time of it in one-on-ones against the Colts defense, but there were enough problems that they didn't make Rhule's list. Besides, even though the drills are live, it's more of a "thud" practice, so offensive linemen aren't cutting or finishing blocks, the same way ball-carriers aren't being taken to the ground if it can be helped.
Erving knows, though.
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