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Panthers arrive at camp with sense of urgency

Posted July 25, 2013
Updated July 26, 2013

— 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


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  • iron fist Jul 26, 2013

    sense of urgency for the coach and QB if they don't win those two should be the first to go

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 25, 2013

    How many times have we heard the phrase .."a sense of urgency?" It has hit once again in Charlotte. Joh Fox knew it all too well. Glad to have Rivera vs him any day of the week. Rivera is a great interviewer. I wonder if if he's one to burst some coaches when they don't do their job? That's my only question about him. Going 1-5 and 1-6 doesn't hit many home runs for some that are serious about seeing a winner. Talk is so cheap.

    When Cam Newton won at Auburn, I really thought he was the man to take the Panthers forward. He is so self consumed with ego, I don't believe in him right now. He has great games, and then he sits and pouts like a 13 year old rich kid. This is his year to prove the people wrong. I have my doubts. If he had 50% of a mind set like the Manning brother's they would win and be in the playoffs.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 25, 2013

    And by sense of urgency they mean the Panthers will consider a 5-11 record a glaring success.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 25, 2013

    "sense of urgency"?

    These guys will still suck and that's the reality of it all.

  • Big Mike Jul 25, 2013

    The Panthers have one heck of a test right off the bat at home against the very well coached and talented Seattle Seahawks. I look for a close game and the Panthers unfortunately on the short end...Seattle 28..Panthers 24...special teams will make the difference..

  • StunGunn Jul 25, 2013

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    Another 1-6 start WILL result in Richardson showing Rivera the door; that much has been made clear last year. I hope that it doesn't come down to that - I like Rivera, and I think he's working very hard to make the Panthers a winning team.

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 25, 2013

    I hope the pass defense is better this year, and its also time for Newton to step up. Last year was abysmal for the former rookie of the year. Another 1-6 start may result in Richardson showing Rivera the door.

  • StunGunn Jul 25, 2013

    Glad the players got the message about having to win, and win early. They simply can't afford to have the slow starts they've had the past two seasons. Cam is entering his third year, as is Rivera, and both need to do what it takes to get off to a good start.

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