Panthers news: Why Charlotte training camp is the right call

(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
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An interesting piece of Carolina Panthers news is that they are exploring the possibility of staying at home during training camp, which is the right call.

The Carolina Panthers news regarding their training camp plans is ever-changing due to the coronavirus pandemic. This has led the franchise to explore the possibility of remaining in Charlotte for their preparation ahead of the new season.

According to a Panthers news item by Joe Person of The Athletic, the organization is now making a contingency plan in case they are unable to make their annual trip to Wofford College. They do have a contract in place with the facility to use their site for this year’s camp. But Carolina’s decision-makers might not have any alternative other than to stay at home due to Covid-19.

Team spokesman Steve Drummond had this to say.

"“We remain hopeful that we can hold training camp at Wofford College. We will follow the guidelines communicated by the government, medical professionals and public health officials and be prepared to adjust if necessary. The health and safety of our fans, players, coaches and staff will be our number one priority.”"

This is a rapidly changing situation and one that is rightfully being approached with extreme caution. The NFL has already extended the virtual offseason program another fortnight and there is the possibility of a lengthier process if concerns surrounding coronavirus do not ease.

Everyone is missing sports in their day-to-day-lives. But the simple fact is that this comes a distant second to people’s health and it is just not safe to hold face-to-face activities at the present time.

Although this would be a significant financial blow to the college. Staying as close as possible to their base is the right call under the circumstances. Traveling to different parts of the country just shouldn’t be an option at the moment given the number of people still dying from the virus.

This includes any potential training camp for the organization. The Panthers news surrounding this will likely be determined at the last minute as it is not in anyone’s interest to confirm any proposals with so much up in the air.

It is far from ideal. But keeping the players safe should be of paramount importance if the NFL wants to get the season started on time. However, even this might not be enough given the implications.

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The Panthers are smart by at least exploring other avenues to limit interaction. And having training camp at their usual base would also allow them to put the right sort of measures around staff and players in familiar surroundings.