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Q&A: Players report to training camp


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As players checked in for the start of training camp Wednesday, we had some pressing questions:

What is the one thing you had to make sure you packed?

Running back Cameron Artis-Payne: Pedialyte

Linebacker Andre Smith: Sunflower seeds

Linebacker Jermaine Carter: iPad

Linebacker Shaq Thompson and defensive tackle Kyle Love: Gaming System

Wide receiver Bug Howard: Chocolate Almonds

Linebacker David Mayo: "Extra underwear and a lot of basketball shorts."

Offensive lineman Taylor Moton: "I need to have my snacks. All I really packed was my snacks, some clothes and my pillow. That's all I really packed. Yeah, I'm simple."

Defensive end Mario Addison: "Headphones. I got my headphones, so when we've got downtime I need to put my headphones on so I can zone out and be in my own world."

Linebacker Luke Kuechly: "I've brought the same rug to put on my side of the bed every year since my rookie year. Don't want to get out of your bed in the morning and put your feet on cold tile."

Running back Christian McCaffrey: "My bedding is extremely important. I have to bring all the right bedding and make sure I'm sleeping well. I've got a little smell-fresh thing in there so when I come home the thing ain't smelling like a dorm room. I bring my rug for the hardwood floors. I try to make it as homey as possible in there."

What did you learn as a rookie that you're happy you now know for your second camp?

Fullback Alex Armah: "It's always good to have some sort of transportation."

What was the last thing you did before coming to camp?

Defensive end Efe Obada: "Kissed my wife goodbye."

How do you prepare for the Spartanburg heat?

Wide receiver Torrey Smith: "All I heard was the heat. From everyone – from current players to Steve Smith. Looks like it's going to be hot, but it's only the sun. You get used to it. I'm for sure I'll cramp in the beginning, but I'll be all right."

Defensive tackle Kawann Short: "You don't."