Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/26/13
Tight end Greg Olsen says the Carolina Panthers need to have a sense of urgency this summer at training camp after the team's sluggish starts the past two seasons. Five-time Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith couldn't agree more. ''A sense of urgency is an understatement,'' said Smith, the team's senior statesman entering his 13th season. The Panthers started 1-6 last season and 1-5 in 2011. And while the Panthers finished strong both seasons they weren't able to dig themselves out of that early hole and reach the playoffs. Coach Ron Rivera enters his third season squarely on the hot seat, barely keeping his job after going 13-19 the past two seasons. He can't afford another slow start. ''Slow starts will get you fired, cut and bring change real quick for everyone,'' Smith said. The Panthers team that arrived at Wofford College on Thursday for training camp bears a strong resemblance to the group that finished last season with four straight wins. The only regular starters who've ...
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