4 key observations from Panthers 2022 training camp practice Day 1

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What were the big observations to take from Carolina Panthers training camp practice on Day 1 at Wofford College in Spartanburg?

After players and staff got settled into their temporary accommodation in Spartanburg, the Carolina Panthers took the field for their first official training camp practice on Tuesday. Conditions were hot and humid as expected, which was a rude awakening for many that hadn’t experienced the stifling heat at Wofford College previously.

The Panthers bedded everyone in gradually as expected. This is something head coach Matt Rhule felt would be better for productivity before things get more intense in the coming days.

There was an enormous sense of intrigue to see things initially unfolding on the field. And more than a few players caught the eye to lay solid foundations for the rest of Carolina’s camp.

With this in mind, here are four key observations from Day 1 of the Panthers’ training camp practice in 2022.

Key Observation No. 1

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Carolina Panthers were depleted at CB

There were two bits of news surrounding the secondary before the Carolina Panthers took the field. Something that might indicate another body coming on board in the not-too-distant future.

Rashaan Melvin – who was brought back as a depth chart piece earlier this offseason – decided to retire after seven seasons. Although not considered a major loss in the grand scheme of things, Jaycee Horn going on the active-physically unable to perform list after experiencing soreness following a conditioning test meant it was a chance for others to shine in the spotlight.

Horn will hopefully return to the field sooner rather than later. But after missing 14 games as a rookie due to a broken foot, the Panthers are right to err on the side of caution.