5 big observations from practice Day 2 at Panthers training camp

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What were some key observations to take from Day 2 of practice at Carolina Panthers training camp in 2021?

It was another early start for the Carolina Panthers on the second day of training camp practice. Matt Rhule is keen for his roster to get the work done early in the stifling heat of Spartanburg, which is a smart move considering how humid things get later on in the afternoon.

The Panthers are going through a period of transition over the first few days before the intensity increases next week. Getting familiarized with teammates and the scheme is absolutely essential during this part of camp and those not up to the task will be found out quickly when business picks up.

Carolina has the likes of Phil Hoskins, Frankie Luvu, and Lano Hill on the sidelines, which left them working out some additional talent following Day 1 that saw the team sign wide receiver Krishawn Hogan for additional competition.

Training camp might be in its infancy. But here are five key takeaways from practice Day 2 at Panthers training camp in 2021.

Takeaway No. 1

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One of the main things we can take away from the first two days of practice is how Jermaine Carter plans to fit into this defense. Many expected the former fifth-round pick to slot in at outside linebacker opposite Shaq Thompson, but it appears his production from the interior in 2020 hasn’t gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.

According to reports, Carter has been taking the majority of starting reps at middle linebacker, with Thompson and free-agent signing Haason Reddick on the outside. This is a role that Denzel Perryman was projected to fill following his arrival from the Los Angeles Chargers, but he might face a fight on his hands for the No. 1 spot if the opening practices are any indication.

There is a long way to go, obviously. But Carter could end up having a significant opportunity awaiting him in a contract year.