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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
5 things to watch as Panthers return to field

By David Newton

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and half a dozen of his teammates spent Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway signing autographs, posing for pictures and getting a behind-the-scenes look at stock car racing during the Coca-Cola 600.

Now it's back to business.

The Panthers return to the field on Tuesday for the first time since they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoff game in January as Phase III of offseason workouts begin.

It will be the first time all the free agents, rookies and returning players have been through an organized session outside of the weight room and classroom.

"It's going to be great,'' Olsen said. "We had a good week [working out together]. It will be interesting to see how it all starts to come together.''

There are many questions to resolve from a team coming off a 12-4 record and NFC South championship. Here are five areas to keep an eye on: