5 things we learned from Week 4 of Carolina Panthers camp

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Carolina Panthers No. 1: Defense coming together

One of the more encouraging signs from the past week for the Carolina Panthers is the performance of its defense. They are growing in stature with each passing practice in the face of some outstanding offensive weapons, which is an immensely positive step for a young group who will be learning as they go next season.

While there might be a lack of prominent veteran leadership after so many offseason losses to the roster. The Panthers have molded a young, athletic, and talented defense that might go through its fair share of growing pains, but there is plenty to like about their chances of becoming a productive unit as the campaign progresses.

It is hard to gauge just how this area of the field is going to get on against some exceptional passing attacks. Their run defense should be much-improved thanks to the presence of Kawann Short and No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown on the defensive line interior. There are also plenty of prominent pass-rushers who could get in the opposition’s backfield consistently.

The secondary remains a concern, but the likes of Troy Pride Jr., Donte Jackson, and T.J. Green are some of the more notable performers from camp in recent days. If they can take this momentum into competitive action, then this is going to be another significant benefit for the ever-improving group.