4 takeaways from Panthers’ padded practices at training camp so far

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What are some of the big takeaways from the first series of padded practices for the Carolina Panthers at training camp?

The action has been heavy for the Carolina Panthers as they finally returned to padded practices recently. This will be the best chance for those looking to make an impact to leave their mark with no preseason games on the schedule. And this increased sense of urgency has brought some outstanding competition so far.

New head coach Matt Rhule has clearly ramped up the intensity of team drills. It is something that will ensure he knows fully just what sort of players he will be working with during his first season with the Carolina Panthers. But whether this is going to come with any immediate success during the first year of their rebuild is another matter entirely.

It has not been too easy to gauge just what sort of chemistry is being built by the roster at camp. Health concerns surrounding COVID-19 have come with limited access to the media. But there are some things that have been clear for all to see from the reports and videos released by the organization.

The Panthers are facing an uphill battle in 2020. They are coming up against some imposing teams on the schedule. And they also find themselves in an NFC South division that is arguably the league’s toughest next season.

We took a look at four big takeaways from the Panthers’ first padded practices at training camp and what sort of impact they could have on the team’s chances.