Carolina Panthers camp: 5 things we learned from Week 1

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Meticulous COVID-19 measures

It is a case of so far, so good for the Carolina Panthers relating to safety measures in the current climate. They were dealt a slight blow when linebacker duo Christian Miller and Jordan Mack opted out over health concerns. And there is a much more serious situation developing with their left tackle Russell Okung.

The Pro Bowler is reportedly contemplating retirement after missing ten games in 2019 with a pulmonary embolism due to blood clots. Okung has earned enough money to comfortably live off. So he is in a privileged position to put his welfare before anything else.

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Carolina’s organization in-house to prevent the risk of COVID-19 has been nothing short of exemplary. The first edition of Road to Restart was a fascinating insight into just how meticulous the organization is being with every possible precaution. These measures have undoubtedly played a leading role in no player going onto the reserve/COVID-19 list so far.

This is something everyone behind the scenes deserves a tremendous amount of credit for. They have planned everything down to the very last detail.

It will ensure that the roster can go into Bank of America Stadium with every confidence that things are safe to focus their attention on improving on and off the field.

The Panthers have handled everything with real credit this offseason. And they will be hoping that this is the springboard to the team hitting the ground running when competitive action gets underway.

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