Panthers to host Jets for joint practices at Wofford during 2023 training camp
The Carolina Panthers are set to host the New York Jets for two joint practices during training camp in August ahead of their preseason matchup at Bank of America Stadium, multiple league sources told The Charlotte Observer on Friday.
The Panthers — who travel to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for training camp every year — will get an added look at the Jets and newly acquired franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a pair of workouts. The two teams will then clash at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 on the Panthers’ home turf in Charlotte.
The joint practices — which have become a common practice for NFL teams during the past few years — allow for the two squads to battle against each other in a controlled setting. Some coaches view the workouts as a replacement for the fourth preseason game, which was lost following the league’s move to a 17-game regular-season schedule last season. Both sides typically face off in individual and team workouts during the practice.
Last summer, the Panthers faced off against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in joint practices before their preseason matchup. In 2021, the Panthers worked with the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts — with Frank Reich as head coach — in joint practices during training camp.
Along with the 2021 workouts between the Colts and Panthers, Reich had his Indianapolis squad face off against the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears last summer.
With the Panthers looking to get the most out of rookie quarterback Bryce Young’s first offseason, the challenge of facing Robert Saleh’s Jets defense should help in the No. 1 draft pick’s development. The Panthers will also get to test their new-look 3-4 defense against Rodgers and his plethora of passing weapons.