By David Rogers. August 4, 2017. SPARTANBURG, SC — As “down the mountain” summer days go, Wednesday was optimum: below average temperatures with lower than normal humidity, overcast skies that were tailor made for action photography — and of course a big crowd surrounding the Wofford College practice field to watch a spirited training session of the Carolina Panthers.
COVER IMAGE: Greg Olsen (88) makes this young fan’s day/week/month/year. All photographic images by Braxton Critcher for Blowing Rock News.
While some concerns were evident, such as whether star quarterback Cam Newton will be ready to go after off-season shoulder surgery, there was also a lot of optimism, especially with the return of Julius Peppers, whom Mario Addison described to reporters after practice as a freak of nature, a giant among otherwise very large men.
More than one of the regular media contingent agreed that first round draft pick Christian McCaffrey, running back and return specialist out of Stanford University, is “the real deal.”
Blowing Rock News photographer Braxton Critcher caught several action moments, during the practice session and among the fans.
SLIDESHOW BY Braxton Critcher for Blowing Rock News