Carolina Panthers midseason awards for the 2020 campaign
By Dean Jones
Taylor Moton – Carolina Panthers OT
Taylor Moton has risen to one of the NFL’s best edge protectors this season. Barring a disappointing display against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8, the right tackle’s supreme level of consistency has been a standout feature for the Carolina Panthers in no uncertain terms.
There was a lot riding on the 2020 campaign for Moton, who is playing on the final year of his deal. This added motivation has seen the player reach new heights and there is little denying the fact he’s earned some major money this season.
It’s unlikely that the Panthers will let Moton test the free-agent market. They should have the financial resources available to give him the sort of contract he’s after. But if that fails, then the franchise tag will undoubtedly be used to buy them some more time.
Carolina’s protection of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has regressed over the last few games, but Moton has been the exception to the rule barring his last outing. He’s coped with some of the league’s most dominant defensive ends with ease, giving up two sacks and two penalties from 500 snaps to secure a 77.9 grade from Pro Football Focus.
While the limelight goes to other prominent positions on offense, Moton has earned a significant amount of credibility for his contribution so far.