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July 24, 2017 - 9:22 am

By: Jim Szoke

The Panthers look to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season and (6-10) record as they get underway with training camp in Spartanburg.  

A longer than usual off-season fueled by no post-season for the first time in four years culminated with a busy final week before camp.

Dave Gettleman is out and Marty Hurney returns as interim general manager.  Tackle Michael Oher was released for medical reasons, while Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner agreed to a 4-year contract.

Camp Wofford will also show us where Cam Newton is as he comes back from shoulder surgery.  

He will get his first on-field team work with top two draft picks Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.  

Ryan Kalil's little brother Matt Kalil was brought in as a high-end free agent and will be the starter at left tackle.

Defensively, the return of Julius Peppers and Captain Munnerlyn help to fill holes from last season.  

Veteran safety Mike Adams teams as a starter alongside Kurt Coleman.  

An interesting special teams battle will be waged as veteran place kicker Graham Gano looks to hold off 7th round draft choice Harrison Butker of Georgia Tech.

The coaching staff should be a fairly seamless transition with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott now the head coach in Buffalo while Steve Wilks is promoted.  

Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl is replaced by Lance Taylor and assisted by former receiver Jerricho Cotchery.  Taylor was McCaffrey's position coach at Stanford the past three years.

So, there are plenty of new story lines for this edition of the Carolina Panthers.  We will begin to sort it out with the first practice on Wednesday night, and tune in to 1110 WBT and 102.5/610 WFNZ for daily updates from Sharon Thorsland and me in Spartanburg.

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