Carolina Panthers Shuffle O-Line

CHARLOTTE, NC - 2009: Garry Williams of the Carolina Panthers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by NFL Photos)

Good idea: Releasing offensive lineman Tim Duckworth to sign another wide receiver, thereby adding much needed depth to the receiver position.

Good idea: Adding another piece to the inconsistent pieces already in place on the offensive line.

Of course there is the potential for bad news here, and that comes in the form of sidelined right tackle, Jeff Otah.

To date, the Panthers coaching and medical staff aren’t really sure when or if Otah will be able to return to the field of play this season. Otah, who had reconstructive knee surgery during the offseason, is still on the mend, and could be on the brink of returning to the field, although recent non-events would say otherwise.

On Thursday, Carolina shuffled the offensive line, similar to the way one might shuffle a deck of cards, because for the most part everyone but left tackle Jordan Gross is out of place; although the new alignment could be just what is needed, in an attempted fix to Carolina’s floundering offensive line.

Formerly playing at right tackle, Geoff Schwartz has been moved to right guard — a position which he is more suited for. In his stead, Garry Williams will make his first NFL start at right tackle.

Formerly at right guard, Mackenzy Bernadeau will find a place on the bench and offer his services as a backup, should the need arise.

They came up to me and told me I was playing pretty well, but not up to the best of my ability. Little things are holding me back, nothing crazy. Right now we just need a win and we need to make some changes and that is one of them. –Right Guard Mackenzy Bernadeau

In case anyone was still wondering — sometimes for reasons unknown, we are forced to live under a rock — Matt Moore will be starting at quarterback for the Panthers this Sunday against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

For laughs I’ll pick Carolina to win this contest in a close one — 17-13.

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