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Camp Confidential: Episode 2 Recap

After debuting last year, "Camp Confidential" is back to provide Panthers fans with more incredible behind-the-scenes access during training camp.

Here are some highlights from Episode Two:

Ricky Proehl mic'd up: The Panthers wide receivers love playing for coach Ricky Proehl, and we got an up close look at his teaching style in this episode. A tough, reliable wideout during his playing days, the energetic Proehl uses a hands-on approach and is always heavily involved during position drills.

"I just try to teach them everything that I learned over the years as a player and now as a coach," Proehl said. "Just put them in a position where Cam (Newton) knows where they are going to be when they are supposed to be there, so he can be at his best."

Physical Fan Fest: This year's Fan Fest practice at Bank of America Stadium was the most physically demanding of head coach Ron Rivera's tenure.

It was a solid tune-up for the preseason, and the players fed off the energy in the stadium.

"I always say that you feed off the energy of the crowd, and that was a perfect example tonight," linebacker Luke Kuechly said.

Magic moment: A little magic was the perfect distraction during the dog days of camp. Rivera had a talented magician and illusionist show up for an evening meeting, much to the delight of the players.

When Newton, Kuechly and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin are called up to assist with a trick, their reactions say it all.

Player evaluation meeting: Cameras went inside general manager Dave Gettleman's personnel meeting to shed some light on what happens behind closed doors during camp.

All of the coaches and scouts are in attendance as Gettleman addresses the room.

"The reason we go through this process is every time we have to make a decision it has to be an educated decision on who stays and who goes," Gettleman explains. "We're not in a position to make mistakes."

Work in the weight room: A daily trip to the weight room is part of the formula for success at training camp. But with so much physical exertion taking place on the practice field each day, the players use their time in the gym wisely.

"For us, during training camp I want them in and I want them out," said strength and conditioning coach Joe Kenn. "We're not going to do crazy stuff. We're just going to do enough so that when we break camp we're not getting into any delayed onset muscle soreness from the weight room."

Strength training is strenuous, but as shown in the episode, the players and Kenn know how to have fun with it.

View photos from practice at Bank of America Stadium.

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