5 major observations from Carolina Panthers 2022 rookie minicamp

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What were the major observations from what proved to be yet another fascinating Carolina Panthers 2022 rookie minicamp?

Now that the Carolina Panthers have secured their draft picks, undrafted free agents, and those looking for an opportunity, it was time for them to take the field for the team’s 2022 rookie minicamp.

For some, this was the first taste of NFL life ahead of what could be a promising career. Others were simply hoping to stick around for longer than one weekend.

The Panthers now have a better indication of what each prospect brings to the table. Although this will be a gradual process before the 53-man roster is confirmed, practice squad places allocated, and overall fates decided.

With this in mind, here are five major observations from Carolina’s rookie minicamp over the last few days.

Major Observation No. 1

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Cade Mays and the welcome return to football

The Carolina Panthers gave their young offensive linemen all they could handle during rookie minicamp. James Campen’s influence was evident in this approach, which meant it was a baptism of fire for players like Cade Mays who are trying to carve out roles for themselves.

Mays acquitted himself extremely well according to those in attendance. The return to football-related activities was also welcome by the former Tennessee standout, who freely admitted that the evaluation process or “underwear Olympics” were not really his thing.

This was a big first step for Mays. Hopefully, he can build on this positive momentum throughout the offseason and earn a key spot on the offensive line rotation.