Carolina Panthers: 4 winners from a canceled preseason
Carolina Panthers Player No. 2: Michael Schofield (OL)
The battle for interior position on the offensive line is something to keep a close eye on in the coming weeks. This is an area that the Carolina Panthers have more concerns than most. And which way head coach Matt Rhule decides to go could have huge ramifications on their chances in 2020.
It appears from the outside looking in that John Miller will fill one of the guard positions after being coveted heavily by the decision-makers during free agency. That seemingly leaves Dennis Daley and Michael Schofield fighting it out for the other starting spot.
Daley endured a torrid rookie campaign that was no fault of his own. The 2019 sixth-round pick clearly wasn’t ready to see the field. And there is no telling what this has done for his long-term aspirations.
Making the move onto the interior would take him out of the firing line. But not having any preseason games to fully acclimatize himself to a different style of play is going to hamper his chances considerably.
This is set to give the edge to Schofield. He is familiar with the scheme and left tackle Russell Okung from their time together with the Los Angeles Chargers. And the lineman has performed well enough in recent seasons to give the Panthers plenty of confidence in his ability to be a plug and play starter next season.