1. BUTLER'S ATHLETICISM: Since the Panthers drafted him with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, we've all heard about Vernon Butler's athletic ability. On Friday, we'll get a chance to see it in person during rookie minicamp at Bank of America Stadium.
A 6-4, 323-pound defensive tackle that can move fluidly is a scary thought for any offensive line, hence Carolina's excitement about pairing Butler with Pro Bowler Kawann Short.
2. HOW WILL CORNERS INTERACT?Rookie classes often form a tight bond as they go through their first year in the league together. Carolina drafted three cornerbacks in 2016 – James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez – so on one hand, they'll be able to help one another in the defensive backs meeting room and on the practice field. But on the other hand, they'll be competing to make a case for early playing time.
It'll be interesting to see them all work together on the practice field for the first time.
3. CASH MOVES TO LINEBACKER:When the Panthers brought in college free agent Jeremy Cash, he immediately became a linebacker. The 6-foot, 205-pounder was a hybrid safety/linebacker at Duke, but he'll work to put on weight with hopes of earning a role as an athletic outside linebacker for Carolina.
Position changes don't click overnight, but Cash is embracing the challenge, and he'll look to make a strong first impression.
4. GARRETT MEETS PROEHL:Carolina's wide receivers have sung the praises of Ricky Proehl's instructions since he took over as position coach in 2013. College free agent Keyarris Garrett could be the latest beneficiary.
Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, the former Tulsa star has measurables that would entice any wide receivers coach. Proehl, who worked Garrett out during the pre-draft evaluation process, will give him every chance to prove he belongs.