The Carolina Panthers had their last training camp practice at Wofford College on Tuesday. The team will now move back to Charlotte where they will prepare for Thursday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, head coach Ron Rivera wants to make sure the intensity continues going forward, which was something the team began to lack at the end of practice.
“Unfortunately I think the guys were thinking about I-85, but the beginning of practice was really, real smooth,” Rivera said, according to Panthers.com. “I think we’ve accomplished what we wanted to accomplish in Spartanburg, and I look forward to resuming that after we play Thursday night.”
The players knew the 11 a.m. horn was coming soon, which is why they began to slow down. That is obviously something that cannot happen. Getting tired during a game is going to happen but the players must push through the pain. The only way they are going to know how is by practicing the same way they would perform in a regular season contest.
Even though players began to let up in practice, many feel the intensity is at an all-time high.
“You can feel the energy and feel the preparation and the commitment to this work,” center Ryan Kalil told Panthers.com. “We’re working away, working to build a balanced football team with defense, offense and special teams. That’s what this camp has been. That’s what is most positive.”
It sure will be nice for the players to be able to go back home to Charlotte. It signals the team being that much closer to playing meaningful games, which is what every player around the league is itching to do with only three weeks left.