5 key observations from third Carolina Panthers practice back in Charlotte

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Matt Rhule is keen to not give much away

Although the Carolina Panthers are sending out the majority of their starters onto the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first half, don’t expect to see any dynamic plays that could jeopardize the element of surprise in the regular season.

Head coach Matt Rhule spoke with the assembled media after practice, stating that things will be pretty basic from a scheme standpoint to teams won’t have the chance to get some film they can use to their advantage when business picks up.

That being said, there is a real chance for the Panthers to end their preseason on a high after two straight losses. Pittsburgh’s exceptional coach Mike Tomlin stated that most of his starters will sit and Dwayne Haskins is the man starting under center so he can get some experience against a defense that could make some serious strides in 2021.

Getting quarterback Sam Darnold into a rhythm with the allocated plays is absolutely essential. Failing to generate some momentum against the Steelers’ second string won’t be the best look in the world for Carolina’s starters no matter how much Rhule doesn’t want to give away.

It’ll be interesting to watch, that’s for sure.

What transpires could make-or-break aspirations ahead of some pretty winnable games over the first month for Rhule and his roster.