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Former Panther Steve Smith’s toughness and bold nature have been embraced by his new teammates. His feistiness frequently trigger memories of former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

GM Dave Gettleman said Greg Hardy’s legal troubles are very concerning and disappointing to the Panthers, but also said the team will let the legal process play out before considering discipline. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Hardy's case is still under review.

Tom Sorensen: Popular opinion seems to be that the Carolina Panthers are poised for a fall. But expect the defense to be superb again. And training camp will tell us how worried to be about receivers, offensive line.

Jonathan Stewart, 27, missed just two games in his first four seasons with the Panthers, and those were due to a concussion. But his injuries came quickly and often starting in the 2012 preseason. He’s missed 16 games in the past two seasons.

Last year’s starting right tackle Byron Bell is the frontrunner to win the left tackle job. He will share reps with Nate Chandler, whom the team signed to a three-year contract extension last month.

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