SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Take the NFL's third-youngest team, subtract several key veterans because of injuries, and it leaves Carolina Panthers coach John Fox facing an intriguing preseason opener Thursday at Baltimore.
"There are probably 20-something guys I've never seen take a snap in NFL football," Fox said Wednesday. "You have some of those guys every year from your draft class. We just have a few more this year."
The Panthers' offseason decision to shed veterans and payroll left a trail of inexperience, and training camp has thinned the roster.
"It's going to be the first time live since college, so it's going to be fun out there," Clausen said. "Just have a lot of fun and make plays."
Dwayne Jarrett, Kenny Moore and rookie Brandon LaFell are expected to see time with the first team at receiver, with Smith still sidelined because of a broken forearm sustained during a flag football game in June.
Stewart (heel) hasn't practiced since offseason surgery, and Captain Munnerlyn is expected to start at cornerback with Gamble (knee) slowed in camp.
Davis' second torn anterior cruciate ligament in a year led Carolina's coaching staff to shuffle the starting spots at linebacker. Jon Beason will start at weakside linebacker against the Ravens after making the Pro Bowl the past two seasons in the middle. Dan Connor will start in Beason's old spot.
"I'm looking forward it," Connor said of Carolina's first preseason test. "I think it'll be fun, to see how we are defensively."
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