4 final thoughts ahead of first practice at Panthers training camp in 2021

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There is plenty on the line for the Carolina Panthers as they get set for a welcome return to Wofford College in Spartanburg for training camp.

The day has finally arrived. Players and coaching staff will take the field at Wofford College in Spartanburg for the first practice of what promises to be an intense Carolina Panthers training camp ahead of the 2021 season.

This is the first step to what will hopefully become the building blocks to a successful campaign. The stifling South Carolina heat will greet a young, hungry roster, which is going to be a significant test of their credentials during Matt Rhule’s high-tempo practices that formed a large part of the team’s preparation period last summer.

It will be interesting to see how Carolina’s young studs have brought on their respective skills this offseason. Plenty of new recruits acquired by the Panthers are also looking to make their mark, with a number of positions still up for grabs for those that catch the eye in the coming weeks.

There is also plenty at stake for Rhule and his staff. They are all experiencing a full training camp for the first time and there won’t be anything like the same leniency in terms of their record in the second season of a pretty substantial rebuild.

High stakes, obviously. But it’s a challenge everyone associated with the franchise should embrace.

With this in mind, here are four final thoughts ahead of the first official day of practice at Panthers training camp in 2021.