The 2014 NFL Preseason schedule has been released, with the Carolina Panthers drawing the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers will be seen across the country when their second preseason game against the Chiefs is aired nationally. While Carolina certainly has its own share of storylines to be played out during the preseason, the league-wide experiment with longer extra points during the first two weeks of the preseason will grab much of the attention.
After an offseason of change, the release of the 2014 NFL Preseason schedule sets the stage for the Carolina Panthers to mold their roster in advance of the regular season. The Panthers have seen Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn leave this offseason, meaning the preseason will be an opportunity for Cam Newton to work with new wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant. The Panthers open their preseason schedule against the Buffalo Bills sometime from August 8-10 at home. Carolina is home once again in week two, hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on August 17 at 8p.m. The Panthers will visit LaFell's new team, the New England Patriots, in their third preseason game of 2014.
The Panthers finish their 2014 preseason schedule against the Pittsburgh Steelers in what has become the traditional end to their preseason slate. The Steelers and Panthers have played in the final week of the preseason in each of the last 11 years. That final preseason game is typically when important starters are given one last chance to rest before the start of the regular season, while players on the edge of the roster are given one more opportunity to prove their worth.
The preseason is an opportunity for veterans to get on the same page and for unproven players to earn a spot on the roster. The release of this year's preseason schedule is another sign that the 2014 season is just around the corner.
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