10 Observations From Panthers Training Camp

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Greg Hardy is still Greg Hardy

The Kraken has never been shy in the spotlight and that has not changed in 2014.

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He has made more noise for his off-the-field antics this offseason, but when the pigskin has been snapped, he has picked up where he left off – dominating.

Let’s start with the good:

The Kraken has been in beast mode already as he manhandles would-be blockers.  The Panthers aren’t at full speed yet, but Hardy is.  He has been equally as forceful getting by the offensive line and after the quarterback.  His strength and speed are still there and he will be worth every penny of that $13MM salary this year, when he’s on the field.

The not-so-good:

Hardy has not been humbled and is still a distraction.  It’s understandable that he is not allowed to talk about the case during interviews, but he has not shown that his actions are worthy of a sincere apology to his teammates.  In fact, Hardy spent more time pitching his brand of clothing and thanking reporters for the publicity he’s received.

There’s no denying Hardy’s talent, but if he doesn’t reel in the alter-ego and focus more on the team-driven aspect of the sport he loves, he will have a new zip code to call home in 2015.