While most of the media attention this summer has been on the Panthers' general manager situation and the status of Cam Newton's surgically repaired right shoulder, a number of Carolina players are fighting for a starting gig or their roster spot in Spartanburg, S.C.
Here are the Panthers' most heated training camp battles to watch.
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Plenty of eyes will be on Panthers rookie first-round selection Christian McCaffrey during training camp, especially after the former Heisman Trophy candidate missed virtually all of OTAs and minicamp. But veteran Jonathan Stewart isn't going to hand over his starting position that easily. Look for McCaffrey and Stewart to each have their days to shine in training camp.
SportsLine projects the rookie McCaffrey to lead the time share thanks to his receiving ability:
Third wide receiver
Ideally, the Panthers will want second-round draft pick Curtis Samuel to run away with the No. 3 position and become a key contributor as a slot receiver, but Carolina has high hopes for free agent signee Russell Shepard. The Panthers also signed speedy wideout Charles Johnson from the Vikings to help replace Ted Ginn Jr.'s deep threat ability.
While Williams, who started 10 games at the position last season, entered camp as the favorite, the former fourth-round pick struggled with his pass protection last season, though his run blocking was solid. Moton has better size and could have more upside long-term, but he will have to latch on and get adjusted quickly to supplant Williams.
Gano sputtered at the beginning and end of last season, missing a handful of clutch kicks that cost the Panthers games. But he's been largely dependable over his stay with Carolina, and he's proven he can be a capable NFL kicker.
That means Butker will have to put together a very productive training camp to unseat Gano. Butker was one of the NCAA's most accurate kickers during his tenure at Georgia Tech, though his range might not be as great as Gano's.
L.J. McCray has gotten some run this offseason as a potential surprise, though he's been unable to stay healthy for much of his NFL career. Former undrafted free agent Dean Marlowe is a favorite of Panthers' coaches, though he too has struggled with injuries.