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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Observation Deck: Carolina Panthers

By David Newton



Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is a go-to receiver regardless of who's throwing to him. Little-known running back Fozzy Whittaker deserves a roster spot. Backup quarterbacks that have barely slept in 24 hours while becoming a first-time father probably should be given the night off even if the starter is hampered by fractured ribs. Kudos to quarterback Derek Anderson for scrambling to the Steel City hours after his wife gave birth to a daughter, Amelia.

Oh, and defense wins games even when your best players are spectators.

These are a few of the things learned Thursday night in the Carolina Panthers' 10-0 victory at Pittsburgh.

Here are some other thoughts on the Panthers’ (2-2) final preseason game: