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5 Questions Carolina Panthers Must Answer in Training Camp

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5 Questions Carolina Panthers Must Answer in Training Camp

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The Panthers were one of the biggest surprises of last season. Coach Ron Rivera was able to push all the right buttons. The challenge now is to build on that success and not let it be a one-year wonder. Carolina lost some big names in the offseason and will have to find a way to replace them if they're going to repeat as NFC South champs.

5. How Healthy is Cam Newton's Ankle?

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5. How Healthy is Cam Newton's Ankle?

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Cam Newton is coming off of an ankle surgery that he had in March. The good news is that he is progressing ahead of schedule. The bad news is he has four new wide receivers who he needs to get comfortable with. Newton needs all the time he can get with them before the season begins.

4. Will Greg Hardy Be Ready for the Season?

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4. Will Greg Hardy Be Ready for the Season?

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Greg Hardy became a fan favorite last season with his colorful interviews and his Pro Bowl level play on the field. His offseason hasn't been as fun. In May, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and will appear in court next week. His problems don't end there. He missed some time at OTAs due to a leg injury that required minor surgery. The Panthers need Hardy to be 100 percent going into the season.

3. Who Will Play in the Secondary?

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3. Who Will Play in the Secondary?

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Carolina didn't have a very good secondary last year, and I think it got worse in the offseason. Melvin White is the only returning starter for the Panthers. Carolina is counting on the free agent signings of Roman Harper and Thomas DeCoud to fill in the back end of the secondary. It's a good thing that Carolina has one of the best front sevens in the league.

2. Who Will Cam Newton Throw the Ball to?

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2. Who Will Cam Newton Throw the Ball to?

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The Panthers completely overhauled their entire receiving corps in the offseason. The most notable move was cutting Steve Smith. The replacements include Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood. In other words, three guys who you think about picking up when your good receivers have a bye week in fantasy. The most promising addition is first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin. The only question is how quickly he can adjust to the NFL.

1. Who is Going to Play Left Tackle?

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1. Who is Going to Play Left Tackle?

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Jordan Gross surprised many people this offseason when he decided to retire. His exit has left a gaping hole at the most important spot on the line. It appears that the competition will come down to Byron Bell and Nate Chandler. Byron Bell has played right tackle for the past three seasons and is seen as the favorite to win the job. Whoever ends up as the starter will have big shoes to fill.