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Panthers will start installing plays next week for season opener at Denver

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, left, and athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion chat during Monday’s practice.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, left, and athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion chat during Monday’s practice. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The Panthers have two more practices in preparation for New England Friday night in their third exhibition before turning their attention in earnest to the season opener Sept. 8 at Denver.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team will begin installing plays for Denvernext week before the final exhibition Thursday, Sept. 1 against Pittsburgh.

“Our guys have already started looking at tape on their own, and that’s a huge plus,” Rivera said. “The coaches have gotten into it already, but we’ll incorporate it into meetings and stuff next week.”

That tape will force some players who have not watched the Super Bowl loss to Denver to do so.

This doesn’t mean the Panthers are forgetting about the Patriots or Steelers, though. Carolina still has preseason penalties it must clean up. Rivera said the three offside calls and two illegal procedure penalties were “way too much” for the team’s second exhibition against Tennessee.

“It really comes down to focusing and concentrating and making sure you pay attention to things,” Rivera said. “The thing we have to do as coaches is hold them accountable, but also hold ourselves accountable.

“Sometimes you let it go because you don’t want to make a big demonstrative show of it. But sometimes you need to do it.”

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