Nothing really to write home about here, unless the releasing of a defensive tackle for an offensive lineman really excites you. Generally it doesn’t send thrills of excitement pulsating throughout my body, but the offensive line has been less than spectacular … far less than spectacular, actually.
On Tuesday Carolina released defensive tackle Louis Leonard, who hasn’t played with the vigor and promise which he was displaying prior to the injury he suffered. Worse than that, Carolina basically threw away two of this year’s draft picks on Leonard and already departed defensive tackle Tank Tyler. Unless of course the new guy coming in for the offensive line is a cure-all to Carolina’s woes at the position. Then maybe we can fudge and say “well, they relieved themselves of an injury risk by procuring a solid blocker on the o-line.”
Signed by the Panthers on Wednesday, is former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Chris Morris. If Morris is able to contribute and be something more than “a body,” then we can expect to see a wealth of bread and butter, a.k.a. the running game returning to Carolina’s playbook repertoire.
Morris, who is 27-years-old, was a Seventh-Round pick of the Raiders in 2006 and started 10 games last season. However, he was among those released in the final cuts this year. Meanwhile, Oakland’s offensive line is lacking. Not that I care.
Since right tackle Jeff Otah has been unable to practice and play, as he is still recovering from off-season knee surgery, Carolina needed to try and find a solution, as the job hasn’t been getting done on the right side of the line. Meanwhile, it gives fans a breath of new hope, even if for only a few more days before the New Orleans Saints most likely turn the lights out on Sunday.
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