Carolina Panthers training camp is more than halfway in the books with 11 practices down and only five more to go at Wofford College.
Hope springs eternal whenever a journey is just getting underway, and the Panthers camp has had no shortage of hope, optimism and swagger that comes when hard work meets talent.
Carolina has plenty of both while expectations are high for a winning season and a possible playoffs berth in 2012.
There is still plenty left for the players to prove and for the coaching staff to decide before the start of the season, but there are 10 resounding themes that have echoed throughout the Panthers' stay in Spartanburg.
Here is a look at the biggest and most entertaining storylines from the first week-and-a-half of the Carolina Panthers' training camp.