On The Prowl: Olsen to pace All-Star Race

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OLSEN SETS PACE: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen spent time at Charlotte Motor Speedway to get certified to be the pace car driver ahead of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. "I think what all those guys do is tough. People would be lying to themselves if they thought they could jump in and learn it," Olsen admitted after his first trip around the track. "It was an awesome experience. Very cool." [WATCH VIDEO]("I think what all those guys do is tough," Olsen admitted after his first trip around the track. "It was an awesome experience." After several training exercises, Olsen completed his certification and will be ready the start of Saturday's race.)

CAM'S CRUISER: On the topic of wheels, Cam Newton recently unveiled his new old ride, a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Cutlass customized with gold plating, and it took the sports reporting world by storm. READ MORE

OLSEN TALKS FUTURE: Bill Voth of the Black and Blue Review caught up with Olsen to discuss the Panthers' depth at tight end and his future with the team. The two-time Pro Bowl tight end does not anticipate "slowing down" any time soon and plans on playing for a good number of years. Olsen is also looking forward to grooming the other tight ends on the roster: "I understand what that was like to have an older guy not look at you as a threat and look at you as somebody that they can help bring along. So I welcome that opportunity." READ MORE

BYRD TAKES FLIGHT: Speedy wide receiver Damiere Byrd, who has added eight pounds since last season, is doing all he can to maximize his potential. READ MORE

PROJECTING THE NFC SOUTH: Kevin Patra of NFL.com looks at the potential starting lineups across the NFC South and likes Carolina's chances of securing another playoff berth. READ MORE

NEWTON STUMPS "CELEBRITY JEOPARDY" CONTESTANTS: Anderson Cooper, Lara Logan and Michael Steele blanked on a question about the Panthers' star quarterback. READ MORE

GARRETT AMONG TOP UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS: Adam Stites of SB Nation lists wide receiver Keyarris Garrett among the top undrafted free agents of 2016 and explains how he'll fit in the Panthers offense. READ MORE

PANTHERS CLAIM LUCAS OFF WAIVERS:The Panthers claimed tight end Marcus Lucas off waivers from the Bears. Lucas spent the 2014 season on Carolina's practice squad. READ MORE

PANTHERS SIGN CAPERS:Carolina inked Charlotte native and Johnson C. Smith standout Avius Capers, a wide receiver who spent time with the team in training camp last season. READ MORE

PANTHERS TWITTER TOP 10 IN PRO SPORTS: According to a report by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the Carolina Panthers' twitter account now sits within the top 10 most followed pro sports team accounts in the United States. READ MORE

KALIL RANKED 79 IN NFL TOP 100: Center Ryan Kalil makes list for third time in his career after anchoring the offensive line for the NFL's top scoring offense in 2015. READ MORE

TURNER ON ALL-UNDER-25 TEAM: Steven Ruiz of USA Today lists the top players under 25 years old by position, and Panthers right guard Trai Turner makes the cut. READ MORE

PANTHERS MAKE CHANGES TO SCOUTING DEPARTMENT: The Panthers have added two new scouts and made additional adjustments in the scouting department. New hires include former Dolphins assistant GM Eric Stokes and former 49ers director of player personnel Joel Patten. [READ MORE](he Panthers have added two new scouts and made additional adjustments in the scouting department. Eric Stokes and Joel Patten have been brought in to scout the Southwest and Midwest respectively.)

CORNER SHUFFLE: Edgar Salmingo, Jr. breaks down four ways the Panthers can replace Brandon Boykin in the secondary. READ MORE

OFFSEASON REPORT CARD: ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell evaluates the NFC South and awards Carolina the highest grade in the division. READ MORE

PANTHERS MAILBAG:After parting ways with cornerback Brandon Boykin, what are the Panthers' options at nickel corner? What are their options at punter? Bryan Strickland answers these questions and more. READ MORE

MEET DEVON JOHNSON: Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer profiles Devon Johnson, an undrafted rookie fullback who has a reputation as punishing blocker. READ MORE

NEWTON TOP QB ON PFF LIST: Matt Classen of Pro Football Focus breaks down the best quarterbacks during the 2015 season, and Newton tops the list. READ MORE

INSIDE RON'S OFFICE: You can learn a lot about a coach from what he keeps in his office. Find out more about mementos that have special meaning for Ron Rivera. READ MORE

View photos of several meaningful items in head coach Ron Rivera's office.

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