Tackling is becoming a thing of the past at Panthers training camp.
In an effort to avoid unnecessary injuries as a result of contact, Carolina - like many teams around the NFL - emphasizes form tackling during team drills with defenders ''wrapping up'' ball carriers, but not taking them down to the ground.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that's a big change from when he played linebacker 25 years ago for the Chicago Bears when two-a-day practices and all-out tackling were the norm.
Rivera said how teams have approached teaching tackling ''has changed a lot'' in recent years out of necessity.
Rivera now overseas practices where players get yelled at by coaches if they take an offensive player to the ground except during ''live drills,'' which are few and far between at training camp.
Defensive tackle Frank Kearse, linebacker Ryan Rau and cornerback Josh Thomas were among the players at Monday's practice at Wofford College who heard it from coaches when their wrap ups turned too ...