4 key observations from Panthers 2022 training camp practice Day 1

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Matt Corral makes a good start to Carolina Panthers’ training camp

He was first out onto the practice field.

A statement of intent that Matt Corral brought with him into team drills.

The rookie was fourth-string in terms of reps for the most part, but Corral’s lightning-fast release and eye-catching accuracy left a notable impression on Day 1.

With Baker Mayfield’s arrival and the presence of Sam Darnold, the Carolina Panthers drafting Corral at No. 94 overall went to the back of everyone’s minds in a hurry. In a weird way, this probably provided the Ole Miss product with an extra source of motivation to emerge as a surprise contender to win the No. 1 job right away.

Corral set his stall out quickly, stating that he was going to do whatever it takes to force his way into Carolina’s short-term plans. He remains the long-term hope under center, but it would be a surprise if those in power didn’t roll with Mayfield considering the need for head coach Matt Rhule to make significant strides in 2022.

All Corral can do is keep impressing, taking on the playbook, and building chemistry with his teammates. If he can do that throughout camp and make the most out of his time on the field in preseason games, then it could see the first-year-pro surge his way up the depth chart.