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5 Takeaways From the Carolina Panthers’ First Preseason Game

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5 Takeaways From the Carolina Panthers' First Preseason Game

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The Carolina Panthers lost 20-18 to the Buffalo Bills in their first preseason game. While losing the game doesn't mean anything, there were still some things to takeaway from the game. Here are the five things to takeaway from the Panthers' first preseason game.

5. Cam Newton isn't 100%

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5. Cam Newton isn't 100%

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It wasn't a huge surprise that Cam Newton didn't play in the first preseason game, but it does tell us that he isn't 100%. However, it's not time to hit the panic button. The only way this could hurt Carolina is that this is a crucial time for Newton to get some chemistry with his new wide receivers.

4. No Offensive Line Depth

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4. No Offensive Line Depth

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The offensive line has been one of the biggest question marks for Carolina all offseason. They didn't have a particularly good night, but what is even more evident is that they can't suffer any injuries on the line. The Panthers just don't have the depth on the offensive line to withstand a long-term injury to anyone.

3. Greg Hardy Looked Great

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3. Greg Hardy Looked Great

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You wouldn't have been able to tell that Greg Hardy had an awful offseason by the way he played in the first preseason game. It doesn't appear that the distractions will be a problem for Hardy on the field as he recorded a sack on the first drive of the game.

2. Defense is Still Good

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2. Defense is Still Good

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Along with Greg Hardy, the Panthers had a very solid night on defense. Carolina's impressive front seven made their presence felt early when they made a goal-line stop. When it really mattered, the Panthers dominated the line of scrimmage. Second-round pick, Kony Ealy, had an impressive NFL debut recording 3 tackles, including one tackle for loss.

1. Kelvin Benjamin

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1. Kelvin Benjamin

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Kelvin Benjamin made a lot of believers with one catch. The 6-foot-5 rookie wide receiver made an impressive 29-yard touchdown catch that showed off his physical abilities. It might have only been one play, but it should give some hope to an otherwise barren wide receiving core.