5 key observations from third Carolina Panthers practice back in Charlotte

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What were some key observations during the third Carolina Panthers back in Charlotte ahead of their preseason finale on Friday night?

It was another hot one for the Carolina Panthers as they held their third practice back in Charlotte on Wednesday. Preparations are gathering pace for their final preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will see starters take the field for around a half and others on the depth chart attempt to make one final push to make the team.

This is always a tense time of year. Even if the mood within the Panthers camp remains jovial as attentions quickly turn to the regular season and whether Matt Rhule’s men can make any noticeable improvements after a second-straight 5-11 campaign in 2020.

Things have gone well overall during the preparation period. More importantly. almost all of Carolina’s primary playmakers are healthy heading into Friday night’s game and hopefully, everyone comes out of the last warmup game unscathed.

Without further ado, here are five key observations from practice Day 3 back in Charlotte with the Pittsburgh contest looming large.

Observation No. 1

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Carolina Panthers royalty attends practice

There were two notable faces at practice for the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday. Both Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen made an appearance, which really gave everybody a lift according to the media in attendance.

The legendary figures watched from the sidelines, with Olsen taking particular interest in the tight-end drills as expected. He was even granted permission to speak with the team collectively once the session came to a conclusion.

How the Panthers would love to have Kuechly and Olsen on the field with them competing. But time moves on and this current group now needs to step up in pursuit of carrying on the fine tradition they left behind in Carolina.