The Carolina Panthers finally broke training camp at Wofford College on Wednesday, but position battles remain all over the field and none are more heated than the open competition at cornerback, wide receiver and kicker.
Carolina will conclude the first half of its 2012 NFL preseason under the Friday night lights when the Miami Dolphins and HBO's "Hard Knocks" crew descend upon Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium at 8:00 PM on August 17.
The Panthers' preseason opener against the Houston Texans last weekend, a 26-13 loss, was a big disappointment for fans expecting to see more production out of the first-team offense and improved play out of the defense and special teams.
Carolina ran a watered-down version of offensive coordinator Rob "Chud" Chudzinski's Yellow Pages-sized playbook in their first preseason game, and though they will open it up a bit wider tomorrow night, do not tune in expecting to see much trickery from Cam Newton and Co.
Instead, the main reason to watch preseason football is for the on-field battles taking place between position players fighting for roster spots and starting roles once the regular season begins on September 9 in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Here is a look at three of Carolina's hottest position battles that are still up in the air with just over three weeks to go before the Panthers' 2012 NFL season begins.