The Charlotte Observer has been giving full coverage to the start of Carolina Panthers training camp as they down to Spartanburg, SC at Wofford College. Here are some of the notable headlines.
Cam Newton is Here
Jonathan Jones reports that Cam Newton did report to camp. Newton had some work done on his injured ankle during the off-season, which of could have kept him out of the start of training camp. It didn’t. Four months after his surgery he is ready to go.
Newton is a key member to have in camp for obvious reasons, but particularly so he can build on new relationships with Kelvin Benjamin, Jason Avant, and Jerricho Cotchery.
So is Greg Hardy
The Carolina Panthers are waiting to see what the League is going to do before they act to discipline Hardy. So that means that we are in this limbo state where Hardy will be a full participant in camp. This could last as long as Hardy’s legal issues remain unsettled. With the recent action against Ray Rice, the NFL front office will levy some sort of suspension when all is sorted out.
The Competition to Replace Jordan Gross Continues
We will now enter the meat of the competition to be the new left tackle. Jones and Joseph Person report that there are three candidates right now. They are Byron Bell, Nate Chandler, and Garry Williams. Bell is considered to be the leader for now, but camp will decide.
Finding a solid left tackle is crucial for the Panthers. This is the blind side protector for Newton. Don’t rule out dark horse candidates or a player who is currently in someone else’s camp to be the ultimate choice.
Jonathan Stewart is Not Here
Stewart, the oft-injured running back, injured his hamstring. He figures to be back in two weeks. Stewart missing camp is nothing new, and it seems like it happens every year. This is only frustrating because Panthers fans want to see the best the 5’10” 228 lb Oregon running back can offer. The window for running backs is only so long, and we’ve been doing the DeAngelo and Stewart thing for a little while now.