Reviewing Day 1 of Panthers mandatory three-day minicamp

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Jun 13, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) talks with receiver Greg Olsen (88) during Mini Camp held at Carolina Panthers Practice Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) talks with receiver Greg Olsen (88) during Mini Camp held at Carolina Panthers Practice Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

So there is a correction that needs to be made in regards to the article previewing Panthers minicamp; Christian McCaffrey will be unable to participate until day three, the final day of minicamp. Many believed he would be able to get involved on day two since that’s the final day of exams at Stanford, but unfortunately he’ll have to wait until Thursday to get work in with the team based on the exact verbiage of the rule as specified in the collective bargaining agreement.

Michael Oher has arrived for Panthers minicamp although he was not seen on the field working during any drills. Little details emerged about Oher’s availability at minicamp as Ron Rivera told the available media that he hadn’t yet spoken with Oher. After playing in only three games last season, Oher entered the NFL’s concussion protocol and is still in said program. Last Thursday he posted a photo to his Instagram account of almost a dozen pill bottles with the caption “All for the brain smh.” The post has since been deleted.


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Kelvin Benjamin has looked a little leaner as OTA’s progressed. Benjamin, as previously reported, showed up to the team’s workouts “a bit heavy” as described by head coach Ron Rivera. By all accounts it looks like he’s putting in the effort to trim down and better himself as a player. This isn’t the first time Benjamin has shown up overweight. In previous years he has done the same and gotten into shape. However, this is obviously a pattern the Panthers would like to avoid going forward.

Greg Olsen granted a Make-A-Wish to 17-year-old Foster Hale from Monroe, North Carolina. Hale is going to be a senior this upcoming year at Piedmont High School and he is currently battling leukemia. Hale wanted to be Greg Olsen for a day and was able to do just that. Hale appeared to stack up quite well with the six-foot, five-inch Olsen but when asked if he would ever go one-on-one with Luke Kuechly, Hale laughed while shaking his head.

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