4 key observations from recent Carolina Panthers practices

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What are some of the key observations from the past few days of padded practices with the Carolina Panthers at training camp?

The Carolina Panthers are now at the business end of their training camp sessions ahead of the new season. They have cranked up the tempo at team activities over the past few days to further ready themselves for the challenges that lie ahead. And the early signs of possibly surprising those who have already written them off are positive.

This has been an invaluable experience for head coach Matt Rhule and his staff. The former Baylor man joined the Carolina Panthers in turbulent circumstances. So it would have been a huge relief to finally get his team out on the field to see just what sort of characters he will be working with in the coming months.

While little is expected of the Panthers during the upcoming campaign. There is plenty to suggest they could be competitive, at the very least. Much will depend on how their new-look defense holds up in the face of some stern competition. But Carolina has plenty of playmakers who can make things happen at the drop of a hat.

Things are going to look far different on and off the field next season, at least initially. With COVID-19 continuing to change the landscape across the NFL, it will be a case of which team adjusts better to the current safety measures.

There has been plenty to take away from team drills in Carolina this week. Here are four key observations from Panthers’ training camp in recent days.