CHARLOTTE – Training camp officially begins Friday, but it has already started unofficially for the youngest members of the Panthers roster. About 25 players, a combination of rookies and first-year players, got a head start on camp Monday and Tuesday at the Bank of America Stadium practice fields.
“We’re getting back in football mode,” rookie running back
Kenjon Barner said. “That’s crucial.”
Head coach Ron Rivera said the minicamp of sorts will allow those new to the NFL and new to Carolina’s system to hit the ground running when the entire roster takes to the field at Wofford College on Friday for the first training camp practice.
“It’s a chance for these guys to get geared up,” Rivera said. “We went through how we would install something from our playbook at training camp, and we did some of the basic workouts and fundamentals that we’ll use when we get to training camp.
“We want to make sure these guys understand what it takes so that when the rest of the team gets together on Friday, we’re ready to go.”
Temperatures were in the mid-80s during the hour the players spent on the field Tuesday, a tame version of what they’ll experience if the weather at Wofford follows its typical form.
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