Bryan, what do you think are the biggest storylines at camp so far? – David in Concord, N.C.
Among the seemingly countless angles we've already chronicled at Panthers.com less than a week into training camp, three stand out to me:
-- The secondary: While the front seven on defense (with an honorable mention to the kickers) is the most stable group on the team, the back four is dealing with plenty of turnover. It's dealing with it well so far, with offseason acquisition
-- Wide receivers: The guys trying to catch passes from Newton while being defended by the secondary are, as expected, a major storyline. The group has endured an injury scare to first-round draft choice
Speaking of wide receivers…
Bryan, I was at Fan Fest and was really impressed with
Head coach Ron Rivera tabbed Bersin as the standout at Fan Fest after Bersin hauled in a long touchdown reception with the aforementioned Byndom draped all over them. The former Wofford standout has slowly but surely made himself into a player who could make the roster. He attended training camp with the Panthers in 2012 but made neither the roster nor the practice squad. Carolina re-signed him in 2013, however, and he earned a spot on the practice squad and made the most of the opportunity. At first, Bersin was the guy who could show newcomers around the Wofford campus; now he's looking like he could possibly find a new home on the Panthers roster.
I'll let Rivera tell you how the 6-4 undrafted rookie has looked so far.
"Marcus is a good, physical receiver who runs good routes and has good hands and shows good concentration," Rivera said. "He's a young guy that's enthusiastic and practices hard. I like his attitude. I like his work ethic. When they're looking for someone on the show team, he's one of the first ones to jump up. That catches your eye as a coach."
How many receivers make the final roster? – Robert in North Carolina
The end of August will spell the end for many of the players fighting for a roster spot, and that's certainly the case at wide receiver where the Panthers currently have 11. Carolina kept just five receivers at last year's cutdown and six in each of the previous three years.
Benjamin obviously isn't going anywhere, but there's not even a guarantee that a trio of talented veterans signed in the offseason (Jericho Cotchery,
The decisions will be difficult.