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(Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports) Robby Anderson and Taylor Moton
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Taylor Moton – Carolina Panthers OT

NFL Network’s insider Ian Rappaport confirmed that the Carolina Panthers plan to use the franchise tag on Taylor Moton to prevent him from testing the free-agent market, where there would be a ton of suitors. The stud right tackle is among the league’s best at the position and it was vital that the organization kept him around in some capacity.

Playing on the tag is something that’s becoming less desirable for veterans across the NFL. One only has to look at the injuries suffered by Dak Prescott and Bud Dupree to see what complications can emerge and Moton has enough consistent production to warrant a long-term commitment.

This is something both parties are keen to do, which is encouraging. Moton can solidify one side of the protection and has already shown his capability to deal with the most dominant pass-rushers with ease.

Over the last three years, Moton has been available more often than not and produced some exceptional performances along the way.

  • 3,192 snaps
  • 9 sacks allowed
  • 14 penalties conceded
  • 78.0 average PFF grade

Moton is the sort of player the Panthers can build around. If the choice was between the former Western Michigan standout and wide receiver Curtis Samuel, it was an easy one to make.

Just what reinforcements Carolina brings in across the offensive line in the weeks ahead will be crucial. If they get it right, then a playoff berth won’t be too far behind.