3 ways that virtual OTAs benefited the Carolina Panthers

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Carolina Panthers Reason No. 1: Scheme familiarity

Having virtual OTAs would have made a big difference to those members of the roster than were not familiar with the scheme being implemented by the new coaching staff. Plenty of them worked with Matt Rhule previously during their time in college with Baylor or Temple. But it was a step into the unknown for the large majority.

This also goes for offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who is looking to bring his high-octane offense from LSU into the pros. He has spent time with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at the New Orleans Saints. But the theoretical aspect of his playbook has undoubtedly captured the imagination of the remaining weapons on the roster.

Getting out on the field and doing it is great. However, this vital time to study might stand them in good stead going forward. It is easy to get lost in individual battles between the lines. But having a considerable time to discuss various plays and get a feel for where each player is going to be utilized to get the most out of their skillset.

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Defensive coordinator Phil Snow is also bringing in some completely different ideas. But one thing he has going for him is that this is a new group of starters barring the likes of Tre Boston, Kawann Short, and Shaq Thompson. All will be eager and willing to learn. And this is something that would have been especially evident during the virtual meetings.