Panthers: 3 position groups under the most pressure in 2020

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Michael Schofield
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Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Position No. 1: Offensive line

The Carolina Panthers made considerable changes to their offensive line ahead of the new season. This is an area of the field where they struggled in 2019. And it remains to be seen whether this revamped group can come together quickly.

Veteran left tackle Russell Okung was brought into the organization in a trade that saw Trai Turner go to the Los Angeles Chargers. This meant sacrificing their best interior protection in favor of a potentially consistent blindside presence for Teddy Bridgewater. But the player has suffered problems staying healthy in recent years.

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If Bridgewater doesn’t get enough time to go through his reads under center, things could turn sour quickly for this offense. Taylor Moton is a tackle that could enter the elite discussion with another strong campaign next time out. But the rest of their projected starters have plenty to prove next season.

Center Matt Paradis is coming off arguably the worst campaign of his career. And the guard duo of John Miller and Michael Schofield has no margin for error with the presence of second-year-pro Dennis Daley breathing down their necks.

Miller was someone who the Panthers coveted strongly during free agency. And Schofield’s familiarity with Okung from their spell in LA is something that should stand the player in good stead.

If the offensive line can hold up their end of the bargain in 2020. Then the sky is the limit for Carolina’s offense.