I don't think I can say it enough, but WELCOME BACK FOOTBALL!
Super Bowl 50 is in everyone's rear view mirror as it is time to turn the page to a new chapter in Carolina Panthers history and they are poised to once again have a great season.
I don't think they will go 15-1 in the regular season again, but it will be a good season. My prediction later...
As for the team, they will hit the field for their first practice at 6 this evening with a big chip on their shoulder. The last team to lose the Super Bowl and go back to the big game the next year is the 1993 Buffalo Bills. That is 23 straight seasons. That is what this team is up against.
But they are confident they can get it done this season, but there are some issues to work out. Thus this very important training camp.
The team talked this morning after a walk thru and here are some of the highlights from the pressers.
Panthers safety Kurt Coleman on the secondary without Josh Norman:
"When people don't know you, similar to last year, they doubt you and it's kind of human nature. We don't have a superstar on the back end. We have a lot of guys that are willing to work that are good players. Everyone is counting us out in the back. We're going to turn a lot of heads."
Panthers guard Trai Turner on taking on the Panthers D-Line every practice:
"I know 2 things for sure. I'm ready to kick some butt and I can't wait to get better with those guys."
Panthers wide receiver Philly Brown on dealing with expectations:
"This year, we are at the top. We have a target on our backs so every team is going to bring it every week because everyone wants to knock us off now."
With that said, as of July 28th, I am predicting the Panthers will go 12-4.
The key position to watch is at cornerback as Bene Benwikere will start training camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and won't practice until he is fully healthy from the broken ankle.
He was suppose to be ready for training camp but it is here and he is not ready. Does this linger on into the regular season? The team says NO but it is worth watching.
It is just good to be talking about football once again in 2016.