Panthers report for training camp Tuesday, headlines to watch

CHARLOTTE, NC (WNCN) — It feels like yesterday we were talking about who would become No. 6 overall for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Draft in April, or the team’s acquisition of quarterback Baker Mayfield.

But now the entire team — from rookies to veterans — will report to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for training camp on Tuesday.

Players will report in the morning between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with select players available for media upon arrival, a Panthers press release said.

Carolina will then hold three practices, Wednesday through Friday, before “Back Together Saturdayat Gibbs Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s event is free for fans and “part of the league-wide celebration of the return of football in 2022,” the Panthers’ official website said.

The event will also include on-court performances from the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and Black & Blue Crew, delivery of the Mayor’s Ball and activities such as face painting, food trucks and interactive games.

The Panthers will then practice Aug. 1-10 before the team’s annual Fan Fest on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.

Practices before August 11 will be open to fans free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis with seats selected. Bank of America Stadium will then welcome fans for just $5 per ticket ahead of the 2022 preseason for over four hours of Panther-filled fun. You can verify here for all training times.

In addition, several storylines make the headlines for Carolina in this training camp.

The largest? Who will be the starting quarterback for the team between newly acquired Mayfield and Sam Darnold.

Mayfield was traded to the Panthers on July 6 after the former No. 1 overall pick and Cleveland mutually parted ways after disagreements. The Browns also sued quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason despite his current legal issues.

However, Darnold is in his second season with Carolina after being traded last season. The former top-five pick was drafted the same year as Mayfield for the New York Jets.

Plus, will running back Christian McCaffrey finally play a full season for the first time in three years and return to his early NFL success?

He is one of the most talented defenders in the league, playing the role of passer. McCaffrey played in all 16 games of his first three seasons for Carolina, posting more than 1,000 yards in two of them, but it took him two seasons to reach double-digit games played again, overall.

Finally, to round out the questions, the defense lost cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Indianapolis Colts and has plenty of draft picks from 2018 or later that will need to step up in a secondary that will need to hold offenses for assisting a dubious offense of his own.

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