Panthers arrive at camp with sense of urgency
Posted July 25, 2013
Updated July 26, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Tight end Greg Olsen says the Panthers need to approach training camp with a sense of urgency after the team's sluggish starts the past two seasons.
Steve Smith couldn't agree more.
The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver says "a sense of urgency is an understatement."
Carolina started 1-6 last season and 1-5 in 2011. While the Panthers finished both seasons strong, they weren't able to dig themselves out of that early hole and make the playoffs.
Smith says "slow starts will get you fired, cut and bring change real quick for everyone."
The Panthers arrived at Wofford College for training camp Thursday and were greeted with an upgrade – new dorm rooms.
"The new dorms are awesome," said tight end Richie Brokel. "I get my own room this year, so that's nice."
Practice begins Friday, and WRAL's Ken Medlin will have live reports daily from Spartanburg through the weekend.
The Panthers will be without running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Jon Beason when they begin practice Friday. Both starters say they're still recovering from offseason surgery.
The Panthers will play their first preseason game in two weeks when the Bears visit Charlotte. Panthers open at home, have 2 national TV dates