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Carolina Panthers 2013 Training Camp Preview

By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(Sports Network) -

REPORT DATES: July 21st (rookies), July 25th (veterans)

SITE: Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Carolina is probably a little better off than most think after an uneven 2012 season. Obviously getting more consistency from ultra- talented quarterback Cam Newton would go a long way in curing many of the Panthers' woes so maximizing his efficiency has to be paramount. One way Carolina could have helped Newton was clearing up the question marks on the offensive line but that really wasn't addressed. Newton could also use more weapons outside. Veteran Steve Smith is still plenty productive but on the downside and Brandon LaFell is entering a contract year. Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn aren't the answers, however. New Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman instead decided to create a defensive identity inside in the draft by selecting back-to-back defensive tackles in the first and second rounds. Star Lotulelei is a run-stuffer in the mold of Haloti Ngata, while Kawann Short is an athletic wonder, whose motor gets questioned on occasion.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):

Aug 9 - vs. Chicago, 8:00 PM Aug 15 - at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM Aug 22 - at Baltimore, 8:00 PM Aug 29 - vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 PM

07/18 15:01:00 ET

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