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THE ROOKIE HANDBOOK: Center Ryan Kalil and two former teammates – offensive linemen Jordan Gross and Geoff Hangartner – are authors of a new book set to be released in September. It's called "The Rookie Handbook – How to Survive the First Season in the NFL." Knowing this trio, the book is sure to be humorous and insightful for players and fans alike. Check out the video above to watch them discuss the project on the Rich Eisen Show.

OLSEN'S LATEST CHARITY DRIVE: Tight end Greg Olsen parted with his 1969 Camaro at a recent auction, netting $100,000 for his foundation in the process. details the deal. READ MORE

RIVERA PRAISED FOR PLAYING DAYS: Kevin Seifert of took the time to rank the 32 NFL head coaches based on their playing careers, and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera checked in at No. 3 on the list. John Fox, now with the Bears, was No. 18, but he deserved a better ranking based on his college photos alone. READ MORE

NEWTON NOMINATED FOR ESPY: Cam Newton is one of five finalists for Best NFL Player in the annual ESPY Awards. The winner will be unveiled July 13. READ MORE

CHIMING IN ON CAM: Back at, writers for each of the Panthers' three NFC South opponents tried to surmise how Newton is viewed in those locker rooms. Of interest is the way the Falcons' beat writer believes the reigning MVP is viewed compared to two-time MVP Tom Brady. READ MORE

NORMAN OFFERS THANKS:*Another often-discussed player who used to don a Panthers uniform, cornerback Josh Norman, penned a letter of gratitude in the *Charlotte Observer last weekend. **READ MORE

CLOSER TO HOME: The Observer profiled rookie tight end Braxton Deaver, a Charlotte native hoping to earn a roster spot in his back yard. READ MORE

MORE HOMEGROWN TALENT: Deaver is actually one of four players on the 90-man roster that hails from Charlotte. senior writer Bryan Strickland details how the four crossed paths back in high school. READ MORE

READY TO RISE: While those Charlotte products hope to break through and land on the 53-man roster, staff writer Max Henson offers up five potential breakout players among the returners. READ MORE

View photos of the faces underneath the helmets during organized team activities and minicamp.

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