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Panthers wondering if LaFell will seize opportunity

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By Dan Parr

We hear no one in Panthers’ camp is posing a legitimate challenge to Brandon LaFell, who is in line to be Carolina’s starting wide receiver opposite Steve Smith.

LaFell’s top potential challenger, David Gettis, is still working his way back from injury (the Panthers have said they expect him to be ready to play at some point before camp concludes Aug. 15). LaFell has the talent to be an effective third option in the passing game behind Smith and TE Greg Olsen. We are told Carolina coaches are still wondering about LaFell's desire, though.

Camp observers say LaFell is having his moments in practice, just as he did last season, when he made 36 grabs for 613 yards and three touchdowns. With the attention defenses will be paying to Smith, who we hear is having a strong camp, the Panthers need LaFell to make significant progress in his third season and earn greater trust from QB Cam Newton.

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