CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera called it a “misunderstanding.’’
Wide receiver Devin Funchess said “nothing happened.’’
Regardless, the ‘Peanut Punch’’ led to a mild skirmish between Funchess and rookie cornerback Daryl Worley during Tuesday’s fully padded practice.
For background, recently retired Carolina cornerback Charles “Peanut’’ Tillman has been at practice the past two days working with the young corners. A part of that has been teaching them the “Peanut Punch,’’ a method he used to force 44 career fumbles.
Worley tried the maneuver on Funchess after the second-year receiver caught a slant pass over the middle. Unfortunately, instead of punching the ball he caught Funchess in the neck area.
The best glimpse of White in the preseason could come Saturday versus the Kanas City Chiefs, where the Bears’ first team is expected to play at least one full half. While it’s not a requirement, it would be beneficial for White to get more involved offensively, without compromising what Chicago’s offense truly intends to do Week 1 at Houston.
The Windermere, Florida, native was a seventh-round pick by the Broncos in the 2015 draft. His regular-season playing time with the Broncos, after one year as Peyton Manning’s apprentice, amounts to one snap — a kneel-down play on Dec. 20 to close out the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He started only three games in his first three seasons at Northwestern before making 11 starts as a senior until he tore his ACL on Nov. 11, 2014, against Purdue. In those 14 career starts, he finished fourth all time in school history in passing yardage (5,931) and seventh in career passing touchdowns (27).
“… We are proud to call him a Titan, and he is always welcome around this team. We wish him and his family the best in his next chapter of life.”