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Panthers rookie Moore cited for driving 113 mph

Panthers rookie wide receiver DJ Moore, the team's first-round draft pick, was charged earlier this month with driving 113 mph in a 65 mph work zone.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

So far because of injuries 2017 second-round pick Taylor Moton has worked with the Panthers' first team at left guard, right tackle and now left tackle. He moved to left tackle on Sunday when Matt Kalil's right knee became an issue. Kalil had the knee scoped Monday, so there is a chance Moton could be the opening-day starter protecting Cam Newton's blind side. Moton is ready for anything.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore came to the team right away after he was charged with reckless driving the night after the preseason opener against Buffalo. Moore was charged with going 113 mph in a 65-mph work zone on Interstate 77 around 3 a.m. after the team got home from Buffalo.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers center Ryan Kalil says his brother, left tackle Matt Kalil, is ‘'bummed ‘' about having to have his knee scoped on Monday. But Ryan believes his brother will be back sooner rather than later. Too early to rule him out for the opener.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil will be week to week after having his knee scoped. Here is thé statement from team traîner Ryan Vermillion. "Matt Kalil traveled to Florida on Monday to receive a second opinion on his right knee from Dr. James Andrews. After consulting with Dr. Andrews, the decision was made to perform an arthroscopic procedure on Matt's knee. He will be evaluated on a weekly basis."

0:28

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers strong safety Mike Adams, 37, admits he ‘'took a step'' back in terms of leadership and maybe assertive play in the secondary last season. He knows he has to ‘'step it up'' this season and so far he has with so many young players like rookie free safety Rashaan Gaulden and rookie cornerback Donte Jackson playing key roles.

0:23

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said left tackle Matt Kalil has a sore knee that is being monitored. Kalil has missed two practices as Carolina prepares for its dress rehearsal game on Friday against New England. Doesn't sound like Rivera anticipates Kalil playing as a precautionary measure. He will know more from doctors later today. If Kalil doesn't play then the Panthers will be down three linemen that began training camp as starters. Right tackle Daryl Williams (dislocated patella, torn MCL) and left guard Amini Silatolu (torn meniscus) have no timetable for a return. Neither is expected for the opener and Williams likely will miss at least half the season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers owner David Tepper makes an appearance at practice, spending time with general manager Marty Hurney. He's dressed more business casual today instead of his normal shorts.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Kalil misses second straight practice. Coach Ron Rivera said on Sunday that Kalil was getting an injury/vet day. He didn't seem overly concerned but players typically don't get consecutive vet days off. Depth on the offensive line already a concern.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton can see improvement in second-year running back Christian McCaffrey every day. He expects big things out of last year's first-round draft pick but says it's up to him to get McCaffrey the ball in the right position so he can do something with it.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil worked inside for an injury/vet day, coach Ron Rivera said. Rivera would not elaborate on the injury, but did say it is not something he would anticipate is long-term. “We're just trying to take care of him, give him a little rest,'' Rivera said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Taylor Moton getting first-team reps at left tackle for Panthers with Matt Kalil not hère. Kalil allowed two sacks in Friday's preseason win against Miami. Jeremiah Sirles opened at right tackle for Moton. Depth at line getting to be a concern.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Eagles are the best team in the NFL, per ESPN's Football Power Index. Changes to the vig on Philadelphia's season win total earlier this offseason bumped the defending champs over New England. However, the Patriots (17%) and Steelers (13%) remain more likely to win the Super Bowl than the Eagles (13%) because there are fewer contenders in the AFC. Note: these numbers were run before AJ McCarron's injury, which will affect the Bills' rating.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers looking for practice depth at tight end signed undrafted rookie Jason Reese and waived/injured wide receiver Fred Ross. Tight end Chris Manhertz remains on PUP. Reese played at Missouri where he finished with 29 receptions for 369 yards and five touchdowns.

0:33

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton said he could have been better even though he compete 75 percent of his passes against Miami. Said he left ‘'some meat on the bone.'' But Newton couldn't have been better on his final attempt, a 27-yard touchdown to rookie tight end Ian Thomas. As Newton noted, it will help him sleep better.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn't address his pregame confrontation with Kelvin Benjamin last week at Buffalo and he didn't want to address it tonight, saying it was a ‘'lose-lose'' and ‘'I wish him the best.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The first-team offense still has some work to do, particularly in pass protection after giving up two sacks against Miami. But Cam Newton, with a 58.5 career completion percentage, is showing he can be more efficient in Norv Turner's offense and Christian McCaffrey is showing he can run between the tackles (see 71-yard touchdown run). Newton completed 75 percent of his attempts (9 of 12 for 89 yards and a touchdown) in five series on Friday night as the Panthers improved to 2-0. He has completed 71.4 percent in two preseason games.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Two of last year's draft class that were plagued by injuries as rookies are making big contributions in the preseason. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel has two caches for 65 yards and cornerback Corn Elder has a pick.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers owner David Tepper spent time drinking beer and hanging with fans prior to Friday's preseason game against Miami. He appeared at halftime on the team broadcast. His best answer came when asked what his vision for the organization is: “I have only one vision. That's to win. It's not a hard vision. What we've got to do is every way we can increase the probability of winning, that's what we've got to do – whether it's an indoor practice facility at some point where we don't have to practice in a sleet storm before playoff games, whatever increases that probability a percentage. It's a game of inches. So I'd like to get that extra couple of inches.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey on his 71-yard touchdown run in the first half: "I saw a heck of a gap. The offensive line did a great job. I think it was [Greg] Van Roten on a pull from the left guard. . . . It's just my job to hit the hole, find the crease and go. It was a great play.''

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