There are a number of starting spots up for grabs when the Panthers get to Spartanburg for training camp, including these five:
No. 3 receiver Former Giants WR Domenik Hixon was signed to fill this role. But he missed minicamp with a hamstring injury, and receiver/returner Ted Ginn Jr. played well in his absence.
Right guard Veteran Geoff Hangartner struggled at times last season, and will be pushed by Edmund Kugbila assuming the rookie gets healthy. Kugbila, a fourth-round pick from Division II Valdosta State, missed the majority of OTAs and minicamp with a left knee injury.
No. 2 tight end Ben Hartsock showed this spring he can do more than block. The X-factor could be Brandon Williams, the former Oregon TE and small-college basketball player who was out for minicamp following arthroscopic knee surgery.
Both cornerback spots With Captain Munnerlyn out with an abdominal strain, Josh Thomas and Josh Norman took the bulk of the reps. Free agent pickup Drayton Florence provided a veteran presence and got his hands on a lot of passes.
Strong safety This is a wide-open competition involving free agent acquisition Mike Mitchell , second-year safety D.J. Campbell , who started at the end of last season, and undrafted rookie Robert Lester , who won two national titles at Alabama.
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