Now that training camp has ended, the Carolina Panthers are turning their attention elsewhere.
The Panthers are looking forward to returning to Charlotte and playing the New York Jets on Saturday at Bank of American Stadium, but the Panthers believe Spartanburg has been a benefit.
“It was really good,” quarterback Matt Moore said about the time at camp. “It was hot. Guys did a nice job, and I think we finished well this morning. We still have work to do in Charlotte, but it was a good camp.”
Coach John Fox said the camp was physical and the team grew from this experience. He said the coaching staff will continue to put the system in while getting ready to play the Jets.
It is important that the Panthers execute on defense and offense against the Jets, Moore said. He said he hasn’t watched much film on the Jets during the preseason. He said he watched for first quarter of the Jets and New York Giants game.
“It is tough to tell on TV what’s going on,” he said. “But they (the Jets) looked good.”
Fox said the Jets will be a good test because they were a playoff team last season. He said if his team continued to work hard in Charlotte like in camp Carolina will be OK heading into the regular season.
Fox said he enjoyed watching players develop during their time at Wofford College. Fox also said this year’s camp gave him an opportunity to know some players.
Having familiarity with players was not limited to Fox. Second-year pro Everette Brown said the camp allowed the players to bond.
Brown said the most important aspect of camp was that the players matured and developed chemistry. The youth in camp helped because the practices had a lot of energy and were fast paced, Brown said. He said there wasn’t a day that his teammates did not come to work and get better.
“I tell you, this camp was definitely intense and a lot of challenging days in full pads and 9-on-7 drills, and playing the run,” he said. “We have some good guys on offense. It was a challenge for us on defense, and we needed it on both sides. Whether it was blitzing the offense on every play or the offense trying to run it down our throats.”
Brown said the main objective against the Jets is for the Panthers to get their timing. He said the team was inconsistent against the Baltimore Ravens because that was the first game.
“This time coming out it should be definitely more in synch and having more time on the field should help everything go smooth,” he said.
The defensive end predicted the Jets are going to come to Charlotte looking to prove a point. Brown said the Panthers are going to set the tone and be the aggressor.
“It is going to be a test, and they are going to come in with their chest sticking out and we are going to have to set the tone early,” Brown said.