Panthers trying to get past tumultuous offseason

Panthers trying to get past tumultuous offseason

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CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17: Tre Boston #33 of the Carolina Panthers during the Carolina Panthers Rookie Minicamp at Bank of America Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's looking for bigger and better things from his team this year despite a tumultuous offseason.
 
Rivera said following Friday's rookie minicamp that "status quo isn't good enough."
 
The Panthers went 12-4 last season and won the NFC South before losing 23-10 at home to San Francisco in the divisional playoffs.
 
Improving on that could be difficult considering their all-time leading wide receiver Steve Smith was released, left tackle Jordan Gross retired, quarterback Cam Newton underwent ankle surgery and "franchise" defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested for assault on a female and communicating threats.
 
Rivera declined to answer questions about Hardy, who was released from jail Wednesday on $17,000 bond, except to say "Greg's a heck of a young man and we'll go from there."
 

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