4 crucial questions remaining for the Panthers in 2022 training camp

(Griffin Zetterberg-USA TODAY Sports) Ikem Ekwonu
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What crucial questions remain for the Carolina Panthers during the team’s training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg?

We are now almost two weeks into training camp and there has been a noticeable shift in direction from the Carolina Panthers. A more structured, intense operation has been evident throughout, which is a far cry from the chaos that’s enveloped the organization over the first two years under head coach Matt Rhule.

After gradually bedding the players in, the tempo increased significantly when the pads came on this week. This brought about an added sense of physicality as preparations gather pace for what promises to be another rollercoaster campaign for everyone associated with the franchise.

This weekend will likely see influential figures and the team’s coaching staff sit down to discuss what’s transpired so far, finalizing their first-team and depth chart options before the preseason. It could also see those in power decipher what more is needed for progression in 2022.

With this in mind, here are four major questions the Panthers must answer throughout the remainder of training camp.

Crucial Question No. 1

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Do the Carolina Panthers need a contingency plan for Damien Wilson?

According to Joe Person of The Athletic, the league is monitoring legal developments regarding Carolina Panthers linebacker Damien Wilson’s arrest earlier this offseason. The player declined to comment on the matter when speaking with reporters this week, but it s a situation that could throw a wrench into the team’s plans in the not-too-distant future.

Wilson is projected to play a key role within the second-level interior. This positional group has sorely lacked consistency since Luke Kuechly’s retirement and if the worst-case scenario occurs regarding charges, then the Panthers would need to rethink their plans.

In truth, a contingency needs to be formed just in case. Otherwise, the Panthers will be left short if they’re forced into drastic action where Wilson is concerned.