Onus on Delhomme to spread the ball around

The Steve Smith-Keyshawn Johnson coupling is interesting, made even more so because of Jake Delhomme's tendency to lock in on one WR.

Updated: August 3, 2006, 4:10 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Here are five observations on the Carolina Panthers, gleaned from the training camp practices of July 31 and Aug. 1:

Because of the hamstring injury sustained by wide receiver Steve Smith, a tweak with which Panthers officials will err on the side of caution, we weren't able to see what kind of synergy has developed between the guy who won the NFL's receiving triple crown in 2005 and newcomer Keyshawn Johnson. Coaches and teammates insist the two worked well together in the spring, but there is still a curiosity level we wish we could have addressed. On paper, it's a good fit, the big-play threat and the solid and savvy possession receiver. Unfortunately, games aren't played on paper.