5 things we learned from the Carolina Panthers 2021 offseason

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What were the main things we learned from another eventful 2021 offseason where the Carolina Panthers are concerned?

To say it was an eventful 2021 offseason for the Carolina Panthers would be something of an understatement. The second year of Matt Rhule’s rebuild was enhanced by the arrival of new general manager Scott Fitterer, who left no stone unturned in pursuit of putting together a competitive roster capable of making a splash in the coming months.

Whether the Panthers can do this or not is another matter entirely. They have the talent, but coaching calls and problem positional groups need to improve drastically in order for them to progress accordingly.

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It won’t be much longer until we find out what Carolina is capable of. Sunday’s game against the New York Jets is the start of a winnable run of fixtures to open the campaign, so getting off on the right front is crucial ahead of significant challenges throughout the second half of the season.

Before we formally look ahead, here are five things we learned from another busy offseason for the Panthers.

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COVID-19 doesn’t stop David Tepper’s plans

One could forgive the Carolina Panthers for diverting away from their original timetable when it comes to some ambitious off-field plans. However, team owner David Tepper hasn’t stopped COVID-19 from progressing almost as expected.

Construction is well underway at Rock Hill, the new Panthers headquarters, which will be an industry-leading facility spanning 240 acres set to completely change the landscape of the organization.

Tepper didn’t accumulate his unbelievable wealth by sitting around waiting for things to happen. His drive, will, and determination to get Carolina into the league upper echelons have been evident since he bought the franchise from Jerry Richardson, even if there hasn’t been much to celebrate in terms of winning football.

As the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. But Tepper now has his guys in place and wants to see some real progress in 2021.