Panthers Offseason Work Outs Begin Today

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

I'm not sure how much time they will spend on the field but as of a few minutes ago it was reported on CSR a few are on the field.

Hat tip to Arealpanthersfan for the heads up:

Somewhat breaking news:

There are players on the Panthers practice field. I can’t see who it is, but it’s like 10 players.

As reported by David Newton, the Panthers can voluntarily spend the next couple weeks working on strength and conditioning:

2014 offseason workouts - Carolina Panthers Blog - ESPN

It's not mandatory, but the Panthers expect most if not all of their players to participate. That includes quarterback Cam Newton, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left ankle that is expected to keep him out of on-field drills until training camp begins in late July.

Newton won't be around for the whole offseason program because he's taking classes at Auburn, but he will have a presence. The first phase of the program will last two weeks. It is focused on strength and conditioning as well as rehab. Perhaps more importantly, it will allow a free-agency class that includes a new group of wide receivers to replace the top four from last season to integrate with returning players.

So it will be interesting to see which players show up and which don't. In past years you could always count on Steve Smith to be there. Newton may not show due to the injury. So what players will step to fill the void? My initial thoughts is Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis for sure. Charles Johnson as well.

On offense, Ryan Kalil needs to take the reins along with Greg Olsen, though Olsen seems to be a bit of a quiet-type. How about Mike Tolbert?

Anyway let's use this post for an open thread for any CSR members that are there and want to tell us about what they've seen.

This is Now an Open Thread!

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