CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Observations from the Carolina Panthers' practice on Monday as the team began the second phase of training camp at home:
Center of attention: Mike Remmers came into training camp as the starting right tackle, but his role is changing with starting center Ryan Kalil (sprained knee) out for the final two preseason games. Remmers took a lot of snaps at center with the first team, and looked pretty for a player that hasn’t played the position exclusively since the seventh grade. The Panthers actually began experimenting with Remmers at center during offseason workouts. He adjusted well. When Remmers moves to center, rookie Daryl Williams works at right tackle. That Williams has progressed to the point the staff is comfortable with him at right tackle makes them more comfortable using Remmers at center. It’s not a good sign for Brian Folkerts, who came into camp as the backup center.
DE update: The Panthers waived/injured defensive end Frank Alexander, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on the fourth play of Saturday's win against Miami. If Alexander clears waivers he’ll go on injured reserve and become a restricted free agent after the season. Kony Ealy continues to get the first-team work at right end. With Charles Johnson (calf) still out on the left side, Wes Horton got first-team snaps there. Horton was the starter most of last season because of his ability to stop the run. He’s trying to become a better all-around end. He had a sack-strip fumble against the Dolphins.
Not so happy: Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott jumped on his defense midway through practice for a lack of intensity and focus. He became quite animated.
Funchess update: Wide receiver Devin Funchess (hamstring) ran on the side, but did not practice. If the second-round draft pick responds well overnight he likely will practice on Tuesday morning. Funchess is the most likely candidate to replace No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.