The Carolina Panthers return to training camp with a host of returning veteran players, new arrivals signed during free agency and rookies ready to prove their worth.
These are some of the players you will want to keep an eye on if you make the trek over to Spartanburg, SC.
Joe Adams, WR/PR, Rookie
Adams led the nation in punt returns for touchdowns with four in 2011, and the former Arkansas Razorback has the starting punt returner position to lose.
However, Adams will have to prove he has reliable hands if he wants to crack the offensive lineup and see significant game action as a slot receiver this season.
Frank Alexander, DE, Rookie
Alexander was the Co- Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American at Oklahoma in 2011 when he led the conference with 8.5 sacks.
He also led the Sooners with 19 tackles for loss and seven quarterback pressures last season.
Alexander should have no trouble breaking into the Panthers' defensive-end rotation, and he has an opportunity to take over Greg Hardy's starting position.
Antwan Applewhite, DT, 5th Year
Applewhite is a locker-room leader, and he hopes to be an important cog in Carolina's defensive line rotation in 2012.
With the return of Ron Edwards this season, Applewhite will have to fight to earn playing time from last year's starters, Sione Fua and Terrell McClain, as well as late-season fill-ins Andre Neblett and Frank Kearse.
Jon Beason, LB, 6th Year
Beason is the Panthers' defensive captain, and he will be anxious to prove he is fully recovered from the torn Achilles tendon that kept him out of the final 15 games in 2011.
Beason looked healthy enough in an offseason workout video posted on YouTube in April, and he will be fun to watch from the opening practice to the final play of the season.
Thomas Davis, LB, 8th Year
Davis is attempting to do what no NFL player has ever done before, and that is to return to the field after tearing his ACL for the third time.
Davis restructured his contract after being lost for the season in the second game of 2011 to ensure the Panthers would give him a chance to attempt a comeback with the only NFL team he has ever played for.
Though he will likely occupy the fourth linebacker position in Carolina's 4-3 defense, Davis will be primarily used when the Panthers switch to a 3-4 defensive look and in blitzing situations.
Ron Edwards, DT, 12th Year
Edwards joined the Panthers immediately following last summer's NFL players' strike, but he tore his biceps on the first play of his first practice with the team in training camp and he did not play a single down in the 2011 season.
Edwards is expected to help shore up a defensive front that was among the NFL's worst last season, and his presence should improve the Panthers' run defense in 2012.
Armanti Edwards, WR, 3rd Year
Carolina's other Edwards has been a disappointment in his first two seasons after being selected way too high with the 89th pick (third round) of the 2010 NFL draft.
After the punt returner experiment failed in 2011, Edwards will get an opportunity to show he can play wide receiver at the NFL level, or else he could be in danger of not making the cut.
David Gettis, WR, 3rd Year
Gettis was a starter in his rookie season, but a torn ACL suffered in last year's training camp kept him off the field in 2011.
There are big expectations for Gettis in Carolina, but also a lot of question marks as he returns to the field post-injury.
Jared Green, WR, Rookie
Green is the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, but he will not be challenging anyone for the title of Fastest Man in the NFL, much less fastest man on the Panthers.
Green, who transferred to Southern University after a couple of relatively unproductive seasons at the University of Virginia, will have to prove his worth on special teams, but he is an interesting player to watch, if for no other reason than his bloodline.
Greg Hardy, DE, 3rd Year
Hardy showed a lot of promise in his rookie season and earned a starting role opposite Charles Johnson in 2011, but his total of four sacks was disappointing for a banged up defense that would have benefited from more pressure on the quarterback.
Hardy added muscle and heft to his frame this offseason after a motorcycle accident set him back just before training camp last season, and he will have to earn his starting role this season after Carolina drafted sack-master Alexander in the fourth round of this season's NFL draft.
Brandon Hogan, CB, 2nd Year
Hogan missed most of the 2011 season with a torn ACL suffered in his final college game at West Virginia.
Hogan is an active and athletic cornerback who will have an opportunity to wrest the No. 2 cornerback position from Captain Munnerlyn this season, but he will have to hold off the Panthers' fifth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina, Josh Norman, to do so.
Thomas Keiser, DE, 2nd Year
Keiser, a recent Stanford graduate, flew back and forth six times from Charlotte to Palo Alto this spring to complete his undergraduate degree while attending each session of the Panthers' optional mini camps and organized team activities.
Keiser's determination to succeed is no surprise following a surprisingly productive rookie season in which he became a fan favorite after being activated from the Panthers' practice squad in Week 10 and totaling four sacks as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Luke Kuechly, LB, Rookie
Kuechly was Carolina's first-round draft pick in 2012, and the expectations are high for him to continue the Panthers' tradition of outstanding linebacker play.
Kuechly finished his collegiate career as the ACC's all-time leading tackler, and he is just as adept at covering the pass as he is at stopping the run.
If he is able to live up to his Urlacher-esque hype, Kuechly will give the Panthers one of the most talented starting linebacker corps in the NFL.
Haruki Nakamura, S, 5th Year
Nakamura signed with the Panthers during the offseason to improve Carolina's dreadful special teams coverage units.
However, Ed Reed's former backup in Baltimore will battle with Sherrod Martin for the starting free safety spot, and he will be given every opportunity to prove he is worthy of the job.
Cam Newton, QB, 2nd Year
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is anxious to see how Newton will perform in his second season coming off a record-breaking rookie year in which he passed for 4,051 yards and ran for an NFL quarterback record 14 touchdowns.
Newton is primed to have a better second season under offensive coordinator Rob "Chud" Chudzinski after having a full offseason of mini camps and OTAs with the team.
Newton's passing yardage and rushing touchdowns will likely drop off in 2012, but his decision making, accuracy and touchdown passes should improve significantly.
Josh Norman, CB, Rookie
Norman may be the chattiest player on the Panthers' roster, and he loves to talk trash to and about the wide receviers he is covering, including Carolina's all-time leading receiver, Steve Smith.
Norman is also a player to watch throughout training camp and the preseason as he competes with Brandon Hogan and Captain Munnerlyn for the starting cornerback position opposite Chris Gamble.
Carolina's fifth-round draft pick could prove to be the Panthers' steal of the draft if he plays as well as he talks.
Kealoha Pilares, WR, 2nd Year
Pilares became the first Panther to return a kickoff for a touchdown in eight years when he took one back 101 yards against the Detroit Lions last season.
Pilares, who had 88 catches in his senior season at Hawaii, has great hands and is elusive after the catch, but he will have to prove he can perform at wide receiver in game conditions.
Amini Silatolu, OG, Rookie
Silatolu was a surprise second-round pick by the Panthers in the 2012 NFL draft.
The bruising guard from Midwestern State plays with a mean streak and is expected to become a dominant run blocker, but he will have to prove he can keep up with Rob Chudzinski's complicated and ever-evolving play book.
Mike Tolbert, FB, 5th Year
Carolina signed Tolbert from the San Diego Chargers this offseason for two reasons.
First, to help out on special teams, and secondly, to play as a multiple-threat fullback who can block, run the football and catch passes out of the backfield.
Tolbert will likely make the biggest impact among the Panthers' veteran offseason acquisitions this fall.