Panthers: 3 reasons why no preseason games is a disaster

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Carolina Panthers Reason No. 1: Team chemistry

The Carolina Panthers worked hard to make some bold moves throughout their roster this offseason. This is normally expected during the first year of a rebuild this substantial. But the lack of preseason games has left their chances of becoming a cohesive unit from the word go in tatters.

Players will be up to speed on the theoretical aspect of what is expected of them. But there is no substitute for getting out on the field and building relationships with your teammates. And this is further strengthened by preseason fixtures.

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Not having this in 2020 will be a major disruption to the Panthers. And it is essential they make every training camp session count in order to give them the best possible chance of surprising those who have already written them off.

That is going to be easier said than done. And what sort of chemistry can be attained in a practice setting is still unknown.

This is another hurdle that Carolina’s young roster will need to overcome. Many are coming into the season with a point to prove. And some are also fighting for their long-term futures with the franchise.

Having this sort of pressure going in is bad enough. And no preseason games could have significant ramifications on their ability to secure a winning record in 2020.

Other teams across the NFC South have far more familiarity and should be able to hit the ground running. The Panthers were already fighting a losing battle next season. And this predicament will not do their chances any good whatsoever.