Carolina Panthers bring in two players with depth in mind

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The Carolina Panthers brought in two players as they look to add depth.

Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers made an effort to continue to improve the offensive line and tight end positions. The team worked out offensive tackle Roubens Joseph and tight end Billy Brown per multiple media reports

Joseph last played for the Miami Dolphins. He was signed by the Dolphins in April, but he did not make the 53-man roster and was cut before the regular season began.  Brown spent last year with the Eagles and played collegiate football at Shepard University, a Division II college in West Virginia.

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The interesting part in all of this is that per Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer, the Carolina Panthers do not have intentions of signing anybody at this time. Even still, it is interesting that the Panthers brought in two players at those specific positions. These seem like actions that were calculated. What I mean by that is that the Panthers addressed positions of need and began looking for ways to improve.

The offensive line is a position group of great concern. With Corey Robinson and Taylor Clark brought in for depth as well as the emergence of Taylor Moton, things are improving on the line. However, they are still not great. Depth at the position would be welcome and at this point all the Panthers can do is plug in players and hope they can find some form of stability. This is something they should have addressed better in the offseason, but such is life.

Tight end is an interesting case. The Carolina Panthers have plenty of depth there, but it would help to have another body. At the very least, Brown could be used to block for Newton and in turn help the line. Although these two players line up at different positions, these moves could be considered linked to the same goal of protecting the quarterback. That and the fact that Norv Turner loves to use tight ends would be another reason why Brown could be a good fit.

I’ll admit, these names did not have me jumping out of my seat with excitement. However, the team is trying to make the best out of a tough situation. Although these players will not be signed (at least right away), props need to be given to general manager Marty Hurney for at least trying to address holes he sees on the team.

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Again, the offensive line is something that should have been addressed in the offseason, but this is a case where the adage “Better late than never” could be used.