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Gerald McCoy ‘flies’ around Panthers’ home stadium: ‘I’m home, baby.’

On his first day as a Panther, McCoy didn’t hide that he’s looking forward to the Bucs playing in Charlotte in Week 2.
A screenshot from a Carolina Panthers' Instagram video featuring Gerald McCoy arriving at Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday (Instagram: @Panthers)
Published Jun. 4
Updated Jun. 4

Gerald McCoy had a field day on his first day as a Carolina Panther, a day that included him “flying” around Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and calling it “home.”

As McCoy officially inked his new contract with the division rival Panthers and met the local media for the first time, it’s clear he likes the idea of playing the Bucs twice this upcoming season.

And the Panthers also appear perfectly fine playing out that narrative as well.

The team’s Instagram posted a video of McCoy walking onto the field at Bank of America Stadium with that familiar wide smile, running around the playing surface with his arms outstretched like he’s flying — his trademark on-field celebration — and saying, “I’m home, baby. I’m home, baby.”

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“I’M HOME BABY” - @geraldini93

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A later Instagram post includes a video of McCoy recounting his first day as a Panther, saying he’s “feeling like a rookie again.”

The video ends with a true get-your-popcorn-ready moment, with McCoy smiling and saying,"Week 2, we do play Tampa Bay. Yup, let’s leave it at that."

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Week 2️⃣ we play Tampa Bay 😏

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Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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