CHARLOTTE – Yes, Panthers players and coaches get to sleep in their own beds.
But no, they don't get to rest on their laurels.
"The biggest thing is that we're home, that the guys get to go home and rest in their own beds and be around their families," head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday. "But while what we do in the evenings is tapered, what we do during the day is still training camp."
The Panthers returned to the practice fields at Bank of America Stadium after nearly three weeks at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. The summer heat was just as intense in Charlotte as it has been at Wofford College, and the practice itself was just as intense.
"It feels good to be home, but it's still the same mindset of getting better every day and competing," cornerback Robert McClain said. "It's nice to get to sleep in your own bed and be around a more familiar area. It's more comfortable.
"But the mindset doesn't change even though it's a new location."
Rivera said it would be business as usual for the next couple of weeks. The Panthers will visit the Tennessee Titans for their second preseason game Saturday before closing the preseason with back-to-back home games against the New England Patriots (Aug. 26) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Sept. 1).
"I want to continue to see the learning mentality, to continue to see these guys work and do what they need to do to improve mentally and physically," Rivera said. "We're still in training camp mode, and that really won't end until we get past the third preseason game and things shift to getting ready for the regular season opener."
View photos of the Panthers' first practice back in Charlotte after training camp.