The Charlotte Observer explored where Panthers owner David Tepper grew up to see where he's going now.
"Still to be revealed in full are his big-picture plans for the organization, such as new multi-use facilities and practice fields, and improvement of the fan experience.
"He's a very bright guy. He's very interested in how we can take advantage of the new technologies that are available, particularly how he can connect with fans, fan engagement," Rooney said last week. "In our meetings here, he was always interested in what we were doing with content development and fan engagement.
"I think he'll have his eye on that in terms of how he can build more bridges to the fans."
Tepper has given clues to how it will all unfold.
In August, he hired Tom Glick, a globally minded sports businessman with experience in international soccer, Major League Soccer, the NBA and each organization's corresponding expansions and facility upgrades, as the team's new president.
And Tepper's eye for facility design is showcased in the Tepper Quad, displaying his love of innovative architecture, analytics and functionality.
It also perhaps offers a peek at what is in store for Charlotte."
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ESPN took a look at the defensive ends on display this week after Mario Addison was asked who who'll be the best defensive end on the field on Sunday...Addison answered.
"Mario Addison didn't hesitate when asked if DeMarcus Lawrence would be the best defensive end at Bank of America on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox) when the Dallas Cowboys face the Carolina Panthers.
'They also said God was coming back in 2000,' Carolina's defensive end said of his Dallas counterpart. 'Did he come?' "
The Associated Press wrote about the similar challenges facing Cam Newton and Dak Prescott entering the season opener.
"Dak Prescott and Cam Newton find themselves in similar situations entering Sunday's regular-season opener at Carolina.
Both quarterbacks are adjusting to a new group of receivers and playing behind banged-up offensive lines."
The Athletic laid out the unique situation of Carolina's defense sporting the two oldest defenders in the NFL in Julius Peppers and Mike Adams.
"The Panthers have been among the league's oldest teams for the past five years under Rivera, who has a reputation of treating older players well. Rivera, perhaps owing to the fact that he played nine NFL seasons, is generous in giving veterans days off throughout the season – or in the case of Peppers, the entire preseason.
In fairness, Peppers was coming off shoulder surgery in January and worked with the strength coaches most days on the side during practices. Adams says he's not surprised Peppers came back for a 17th season, given how the Panthers managed both his practice reps and game snaps last year.
Also, the plan worked: Peppers finished with 11 sacks in 2017, his most since 2012 when he was with Chicago."