Early impressions from Camp Clausen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers just finished their first minicamp practice. My main assignment is to write a column on rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen and I’ll get started on that momentarily.

But, first, I wanted to give you some quick observations from the morning session.

Cornerback Richard Marshall was the only player of note not in attendance. Marshall is a restricted free agent and is seeking a long-term contract. Linebacker Thomas Davis, also a restricted free agent, took part in practice, marking a significant step in his recovery from an injury that force him to miss much of last season.

Chatted with general manager Marty Hurney on the phone the other day and he kept saying, “We are young’’. I believed him, but the full magnitude didn’t really hit me until I saw the Panthers on the practice field. There really are just a handful of guys still on this team from when I covered the Panthers in my newspaper life. Still having trouble adjusting to seeing other guys wear the numbers Mike Minter and Mike Rucker used to wear. The Panthers only have four guys on the roster who are 30 or older. One of those is kicker John Kasay and another is punter Jason Baker.

There were some blue lines painted on one of the practice fields. Not sure exactly what that’s about. Might be for some soccer use. Or maybe they’re there to keep receiver Dwayne Jarrett straight on his routes.

Quarterback Matt Moore talked to the media for the first time since the Panthers drafted Clausen. Moore said all the right things, but I think it’s fair to say he doesn’t appear to be thrilled by the pick.

All right, I’m going to get to work on the Clausen column. I’ll be back with that this afternoon and I’ll have some notes from Carolina’s second practice later on.