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Carolina Panthers: What to Watch for at OTAs
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OTAs are set to get under way for the Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their rookie minicamp last weekend and are preparing for the first of three organized team activities (OTAs).  

The first session begins May 21st and will end on May 23rd.  The last two are scheduled for May 28th through May 30th and June 3rd through June 6th.  These will be the only workouts prior to the start of training camp at the end of July.

OTAs are designed to develop and improve a team's players and allows the coaching staff to work with both rookies and veterans on the roster.  Changes were made to OTAs by the most recent collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which outlined what teams are allowed to during these sessions.  Failure to comply results in a fine.

There is no contact involved at any stage of the OTAs, which are broken down into three phases:

The first phase will focus on strength and conditioning and restricts the wearing of helmets.  The second phase allows the coaches to be on the field and conduct drills without wearing helmets or pads.  The final phase allows helmets to be worn and the coaching staff to conduct offense versus defense drills.  A complete breakdown of the rules and regulations of OTAs can be found by here from Bleacher Report's own Jesse Reed.

So, what can be expected of the Panthers in this year's round of OTAs?

The biggest issue will be the overall health of the team.  Another aspect to watch will be how well the young players perform individual player drills.  While there won't be too much to take away from these three different sessions, it will most likely set the stage for training camp.

Here are the some of the key things to watch in the Carolina Panthers 2013 OTA workouts.

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