Ups and Downs of Preseason

Pigskin Lipstick was at the first preseason game last Friday.  It was so tough to evaluate since we didn’t have Cam Newton or DeAngelo or many other of our first stringers out there.  We want so much for Kelvin Benjamin to be the new Steve Smith.  He did make one unbelievable catch that landed right at my feet.  In fact, when the ball was in the air, I started backing up to get out of there–it was headed my way.  Having been knocked down in a college game by a couple of fast-moving players, I didn’t want to be in the way of two professional players running full steam into the endzone.  I was so rattled, I couldn’t get my camera up in time to get “the shot,” but I saw Kelvin stretch his arms out and dive for the ball.  It was an amazing catch.  His back was really turned to the ball, and it was perfectly thrown.  He’s the real deal, and I would expect him to be a favorite of Cam’s.  Another highlight of the night was a great interception by Josh Norman late in the game that saved a Bills score.  I did manage to get that photo.

Carolina Panthers running back Darrin Reaves #36 celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers running back Darrin Reaves #36 celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers running back Kenjon Barner #25 finds a hole in the defensive line

Carolina Panthers running back Kenjon Barner #25 finds a hole in the defensive line

Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson #3 looks downfield for a receiver

Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson #3 looks downfield for a receiver

Carolina Panthers running back Kenjon Barner #25 finds a hole in the defensive line

Carolina Panthers running back Kenjon Barner #25 finds a hole in the defensive line

Buffalo Bills linebacker Xavius Boyd #49 tries to bring down Carolina Panthers tight end Richie Brockel #47

Buffalo Bills linebacker Xavius Boyd #49 tries to bring down Carolina Panthers tight end Richie Brockel #47

Panther's Josh Norman intercepts a ball that was intended for Buffalo Bill's Marcus Easley

Panther’s Josh Norman intercepts a ball that was intended for Buffalo Bill’s Marcus Easley

Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson #3 looks downfield for a receiver

Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson #3 looks downfield for a receiver

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