4 big takeaways from first day of media at Panthers’ camp

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What were some of the big takeaways from the first practice session available for media to watch during Carolina Panthers’ training camp this offseason?

The Carolina Panthers held their first team drills in front of the media on Sunday. Those covering the organization watched from afar as they got back down to business once again in a fast-paced manner.

There is a lot riding on the season for the Carolina Panthers. It might not look at it from an expectation perspective. But if things turn sour quickly it will put big-name free agents off next spring that could have huge ramifications going forward.

The Panthers got into fast speed drills on Friday and will steadily ramp things up until the team is ready for their Week 1 encounter against the Las Vegas Raiders. There is plenty of hope they can prove the doubters wrong if everything clicks into place right away. But that will be easier said than done following an offseason of unprecedented disruption.

Carolina’s new regime has come across extremely well in recent months. They have been at the forefront of social injustice matters and offered significant support to their players throughout. And their planning to ensure a safe environment for camp amid COVID-19 concerns has been nothing short of exemplary.

It might not appear from the outside looking in. But if this sort of mentality can somehow transition to the field. Then the Panthers could become one of the NFL’s surprise packages in 2020.

Here are four big takeaways from the first day of media presence at training camp.