Panthers News: What awaits Carolina in 2020 schedule?

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The Carolina Panthers will find out their 2020 schedule next week, with the NFL proceeding with the current timeline despite the coronavirus pandemic.

It is an uncertain time for everybody right now thanks to the social distancing measures relating to Covid-19. However, there will be some good Carolina Panthers news next week as the NFL still plans to release its schedule.

The league office is still working towards its original start date of September 10 as it stands. This could possibly change in the future during what is an ever-changing situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN that the NFL plans to “start on time”, with the organization also announcing details of the preseason schedule and Hall of Fame game next week.

"“If we have to make adjustments, we will be prepared to do so based on the latest guidance from our medical experts and public health officials and current and future government regulations. We made adjustments and conducted safely and efficiently key offseason activities such as free agency, the virtual off-season program and the 2020 NFL Draft.”"

One thing that is making it increasingly difficult for the Panthers and other NFL teams is their lack of face-to-face time. OTAs are currently being held in virtual form and it remains to be seen whether training camps can get underway on time.

Any delay in the camp would represent a significant blow to the Panthers, who have a wealth of fresh faces to blend in after a flurry of free agency activity. Although health must be of paramount importance when making any decisions, any shortened offseason program would give their slim chances of making an impact no good at all.