Rivera: Panthers Secondary Competition 'Wide Open'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina coach Ron Rivera says other than free safety, the competition in the secondary will be "wide open" when the Panthers report to training camp in late July.

Rivera says veteran Charles Godfrey will start at free safety, but he doesn't yet know who'll be the team's starting cornerbacks, nickel back or strong safety.

He says that'll get worked out once the Panthers arrive in Spartanburg, S.C., on July 25 and begin practicing in pads.

The Panthers are looking to replace long-time starting cornerback Chris Gamble, released earlier this offseason in a salary cap move. Their No. 2 cornerback spot has been a revolving door for years and nobody has stepped up to secure the strong safety spot.

Carolina signed three free agent defensive backs to help fill those voids.