5 key observations from Panthers first practice back in Charlotte

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Carolina Panthers practice had a more in-season feel

Being at Wofford College was a nice change of pace for the Carolina Panthers and something that’s been hugely beneficial in the past. But now is the time for the coaching staff to start implementing what their players will experience once competitive action begins.

Matt Rhule is renowned for holding intense practices that are full of tempo. That was once again evident on Monday according to those in attendance, but there was much more situational stuff going on rather than just punishing individual and team drills.

This is all part of the learning curve, especially for Carolina’s talented young rookies.

Most of them have made a solid contribution throughout the opening two preseason games and during camp. So familiarizing themselves with more usual gameday preparation is another important part of their development.

Rhule and his staff came under fire from departed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for their practice methods after he was traded to the Denver Broncos one day before the draft. Whether this was sour grapes or not is up for debate, but it’s something worth keeping an eye on as the campaign develops.

Everyone has bought in, which is the main thing. But the proof will be how this talented group of players put what they’ve taken on board throughout the offseason into action when push comes to shove.