3 positives from the Panthers’ loss at the Bucs in Week 2

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Taylor Moton’s protection

Taylor Moton is an elite protector. His start to the 2020 season has been nothing short of outstanding and the Carolina Panthers should look to give the offensive lineman a new deal at the earliest possible opportunity.

The former second-round pick was expected to get all he could handle from veteran Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul at the Buccaneers. But it was a challenge Moton handled with his customary efficiency that is fast becoming a trademark of his overall production.

Moton’s rare blend of quick-feet and explosive power is a sight to behold at times. He thwarted Pierre-Paul’s threat with ease to further enhance his reputation as one of the brightest young tackles in the NFL.

This season is a big one for Moton, who is playing on the final year of his rookie deal and is looking for a bumper payday next spring. His production over the first two games has only strengthened his position at the bargaining table whenever negotiations get underway and the Panthers would be wise to give the lineman whatever he wants next spring.

Moton is going to get another significant test next Sunday in the form of Joey Bosa, who is one of the best in the business when it comes to getting after the quarterback,.

If Moton can hold his own against such an exceptional pass-rusher, then his stock is going to go through the roof.