Training Camp is finally here!
Training camp is upon us, and all 32 teams, including the Carolina Panthers, are making final preparations for the grueling summer heat, position battles and preseason games.
This slideshow will serve as a one-stop shop for the Carolina fans' football needs, featuring information about camp dates, a roster breakdown, answers to burning questions, analysis of camp battles and the projected 53 players to make the squad. Each slide will include a link and information on everything related to this year's training camp.
Back to football indeed.
If there is a date that football fans are most likely to mark on their calender that isn't Week 1 or the NFL Draft, it's definitely the start of training camp. Fans will have the opportunity to watch some of the practices and get a few autographs.
Carolina holds its camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. While it is a relatively small city, it can still be quite busy. Exercise caution when driving downtown.
The Panthers official website has released the training camp schedule, but you can save yourself a little bit of time by looking at the dates below. For those of you interested in directions to Wofford College and parking information, here is a link to help you out.
July 25 - Players report to training camp
July 26 - First practice and Back to Football Party
August 3 - Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium
August 9 - Preseason begins
August 13 - Training camp ends
August 27 - Roster cut down to 75 players
August 31 - Roster cut down to 53 players
September 8 - Regular season begins
|2013 Carolina Panthers Training Camp Practice Schedule|
|Thursday||July 25||No Practice|
|Friday||July 26||6:15 p.m. - Gibbs Stadium|
|Saturday||July 27||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||July 28||9:15 a.m.|
|Monday||July 29||9:15 a.m.|
|Tuesday||July 30||9:15 a.m|
|Wednesday||July 31||No Practice|
|Thursday||August 1||2:30 p.m.|
|Friday||August 2||9:15 a.m.|
|Saturday||August 3||3:30 p.m. - Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium|
|Sunday||August 4||No Practice|
|Monday||August 5||2:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||August 6||9:15 a.m.|
|Wednesday||August 7||9:15 a.m.|
|Thursday||August 8||9:15 a.m.|
|Friday||August 9||8:00 p.m. - vs. Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium|
|Saturday||August 10||No Practice|
|Sunday||August 11||6:15 p.m.|
|Monday||August 12||2:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||August 13||9:00 a.m.|
Preseason Games & Dates
August 9 - Chicago Bears (8 PM)
August 15 - at Philadelphia Eagles (7:30 PM)
August 22 - at Baltimore Ravens (8 PM on ESPN)
August 29 - Pittsburgh Steelers (7:15 PM)
Cam Newton's spot on the roster is well known; how about the rest?
The roster the Carolina Panthers will be fielding in training camp will be stocked with a good mix of veterans and rookies. Some are locks for a spot on the roster, while others will have to play incredibly hard in order to remain with the team.
Cam Newton will be called upon to lead the offense in 2013, and Luke Kuechly will be doing the same on the defensive side of the ball. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the upgrade of the Carolina defense with Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short shoring up the interior of the defensive line. The return game features possible improvements from a veteran and a rookie as Ted Ginn, Jr. and Kenjon Barner could have an electrifying impact on special teams.
There are plenty of intriguing storylines this year, and the roster boasts plenty of interesting position battles and matchups.
Ron Rivera's future as the Panthers head coach is one of many burning questions going into camp.
Carolina has many questions as they enter camp. Some of them have been asked, while others may be more limited to the team's fanbase. Many of the Panthers' burning questions will affect their season and perhaps their long-term future.
What kind of season does Ron Rivera need to have in to keep his job? Can Armanti Edwards continue to impress? Which undrafted free agents will stand out?
Those are just a few of the questions that will be answered this year.
Robert Lester has been receiving a lot of praise this offseason. Can he surprise people and win a starting job?
Which camp battle intrigues you the most?
There are a few that are noteworthy, but this year the focus could be centered on the secondary, as both safety and cornerback will be deep with competition. The safety battle could propel an undrafted free agent onto the depth chart—maybe even into a starting role.
How much will the camp battles this year alter the look of the roster?
Considering the versatility of some of the players on the roster, there could be a few positions that may be short a player or two. Ultimately, it will come down to the individual performance and what a player can offer in order to help the Panthers win.
Star Lotulelei (96) highlights this year's crop of rookies.
The Carolina Panthers scored big with their first two draft picks. After much debate and analysis, most fans have warmed up to the team's last three draft picks. It seems as though all five of their draft selections this year could contribute.
However, their fortunes may not end there.
Two undrafted rookie free agents are looking to make a name for themselves, as they both enjoyed a solid spring debut. The only question remaining is, can they carry that success over into training camp and real game situations?
Carolina has plenty of rookies that are worthy of attention in 2013. Which ones do you feel are worth watching?
Armanti Edwards has been the most improved during OTAs. Can he carry that success into the preseason?
The bubble watch in Carolina came up earlier this summer, but in light of training camp opening, it merits another look.
Some players will need to perform better if they have any hope of sticking with the team. Many fans are giving Armanti Edwards a slim chance of making the final roster, but he could continue to surprise a lot of people.
There are others that make the list of this year's training camp bubble watch players. Who else deserves to be among the players hanging by a thread?
Who will make the cut and who will be released?
While there is no doubt about a few select players making the Panthers final 53-man roster, there is some debate on which players make the cut. Carolina has a lot of decision making ahead, and assembling a team that will give the franchise its best chance at winning is critical.
Many rookies will be cut, as will some veterans.
It wouldn't be surprising to see any of this year's recent signings be released during camp. Anyone remember Reggie Smith from last season?
The final projection for the 53-man roster will not be agreed upon by everyone, but it could prompt fans to closely follow certain players as training camp progresses.