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Panthers optimistic upon arrival at training camp

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers reported to Wofford College for training camp Friday with pillows, small refrigerators and a new sense of optimism.

After winning four of their last six games in 2011, the Panthers believe they have what it takes to make some noise this season. Center Ryan Kalil declared as much when he took out a full-page advertisement this week in a Charlotte newspaper predicting the Panthers would win their first Lombardi Trophy.

Wide receiver Steve Smith believes there's a different feel entering his 12th season with the Panthers. He says "it has to be'' different, especially with quarterback Cam Newton a year more experienced, coach Ron Rivera, offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and new players on board.

The Panthers open their three-week camp Saturday night.

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