SPARTANBURG, S.C. The month of July reads like a press release in the NFL.
Everyones excited. This is every team's year. There's always something for fans and players alike to point to, especially in the professional league with more parity than any other.
The Panthers aren't immune from that line of thinking or excitement around the organization.
What if Cam Newton cuts down on the turnovers? What if the recently solidified defensive front gives a boost to last season's weak secondary? What if a team that lost seven games by six points or less makes a couple more plays?
"There are going to be teams who are Power Ranking No. 1 and as soon as the season starts, they slip and find themselves at the back. You cant foreshadow the way things are going to happen," Steve Smith said. "You just have to let it happen as the season progresses."
Smith knows games aren't won or lost in July. The Panthers have only dealt with living in a dorm for two days and havent even practiced in full ...