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, S.C. (AP) — The Panthers have signed first-round draft pick Brian Burns to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth season.The edge rusher is slotted to make approximately $13.5 million on the rookie wage scale. Burns reported to training camp Wednesday morning and signed the deal later in the day.Burns was selected No. 16 overall.The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Burns played at Florida State. He is expected to serve as an edge rusher when the Panthers switch to a 3-4 defensive front.The Panthers made some other roster moves one day before their first training camp practice.Carolina signed former Jaguars wide receiver and kick returner Jaydon Mickens, guard Norman Price and defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson, and waived running Elijah Hood, guard Ian Silberman and defensive tackle Elijah Qualls.Wide receiver Torrey Smith and linebacker Jermaine Carter have been placed on the active physically unable to perform list to open training camp while rehabbing from knee injuries. They can come off the list at any time. Running back Christian McCaffrey had another strong day for the Panthers, with 157 yards from scrimmage on 22 touches. One specific touch resulted in McCaffrey not being touched when he went up and over Buccaneers defensive back Carlton Davis.So what’s the thought process when exposing a sensitive area of the body to potential contact with a helmet by leaping over a defender?“It’s very instinctive Kawann Short Jersey
,” McCaffrey told PFT by phone after Sunday’s 42-28 win over the Buccaneers.But sometimes instincts can betray a guy. Asked if he’s ever hurdled and failed, McCaffrey recalled (how could he forget?) a 2016 game while he was still at Stanford. Facing Oregon State, McCaffrey tried to hurdle a defender, and McCaffrey got clipped in the McNuggets. But he doesn’t seem to mind.“As long as I fall forward, it’s OK,” McCaffrey said.McCaffrey’s workload has increased this season Vernon Butler Color Rush Jersey
, and he’s OK with that, too.“I don’t think there’s a workload that’s too heavy for me,” McCaffrey said, adding that he’d take as many rushing attempts and pass receptions as possible.聽The extra work isn’t making it harder to get out of bed on Mondays. He said that he can have 30 touches and feel great the next day, and that he can have only 10 touches but if one tackle or hit gets him a certain way, he’ll feel if the next day.He’s not getting hit much this year Cam Newton Color Rush Jersey
, because (as he explained it) the coaching staff has come up with different ways to put guys in space. With the offensive line playing well, McCaffrey feeling more comfortable and poised in year two, and quarterback Cam Newton continuing to provide leadership and stability to the offense, the Panthers keep winning.And they’re paying no attention to the fact that they’re still operating under radar. The focus, as McCaffrey explained it, is simply on trying to get better each and every week.So far Michael Palardy Jersey
, it has worked, especially over the past few weeks. And McCaffrey has no complaints about playing on Thursday night against the Steelers, citing the momentum that the team has developed since that 21-point explosion in the fourth quarter against the Eagles two weeks ago.