5 things we learned from Week 3 of Panthers’ training camp

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Players are feeling the pace

The intensity of team drills has gone up a notch over the past week. This was to be expected with padded practices taking place. But it is evident that Matt Rhule’s desire for more tempo than in previous years is leaving its mark.

Players were seen throwing up on the sidelines following a brutal session on Thursday. And the niggling bumps and bruises are also starting to take their toll on the roster.

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Things might decrease in pace the closer we get to their Week 1 encounter with the Las Vegas Raiders. But it remains to be seen whether this is going to benefit the team when competitive action gets underway.

The competition for places is fierce with the Carolina Panthers. Having no preseason games to impress has also heightened urgency considerably for those on the fringes, so it would be a shock if things did not continue at this level for at least the next fortnight.

Rhule has enjoyed plenty of success with this method during his time in college. The NFL is a completely different ball game. But a completely different attitude such as this is something that was clearly needed in Carolina.

The players seem to be responding well to the challenge. This can only mean good things for their prospects going forward in a sink or swim environment next season.