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

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Intensity of practice

Another eye-catching takeaway reported from today’s practice was the level of intensity during drills. This is something that has clearly stepped up a notch under Matt Rhule. And few would argue that it is not needed following a period of stagnation under previous head coach Ron Rivera.

There were plenty of veteran players falling into complacency under the previous regime. That does not appear to be the case at this year’s training camp. And it is something that could provide a big boost to their chances when they finally see the field in a competitive setting.

Players are always keen to impress a new coaching staff. And there are others who are simply fighting for their place on the roster.

Add these components together and you are getting the sort of effort and tempo currently being displayed at Panthers’ camp. And it is something that Rhule wanted to implement from the moment he was able to get back out doing what he does best.

This has been a trademark of his tenure at both Baylor and Temple. These methods did not work out too badly at the college level. And it already looks to be showing positive signs in a professional environment.

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It is hard to gauge just how Carolina is going to get on next season. But judging by how hard every individual is working during camp so far. They are going to be fully ready for the challenge.