Grading every Panthers positional group after Week 1 of free agency

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Pat Elflein, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers offensive line

Oh, the offensive line. The most important and most overlooked position in the NFL. Sadly that trend hasn’t changed with the Carolina Panthers this offseason so far.

While the Panthers should be applauded for the decision to tag starting tackle Taylor Moton, nothing else the team did over the last week is even worth talking about. While the best offensive lineman on the team was paid the money he’s earned, a long-term deal would be even better for a team that hasn’t had consistent protection up-front for some time.

Even on that magical 2015 team, there were issues.

With the majority of a line that held up okay last season becoming free agents, the Panthers looked at worrying places to fill the void.

We have already talked about just how bad those decisions were and hindsight has not been any kinder to them. Especially when you take into consideration the players that were available and still are. The Panthers didn’t make the right choices or were just in too much of a hurry.

Grade: D

With two low-end signings in Pat Elflein and Cam Erving that are better off as backups being all the Panthers have to add alongside Moton to date, one can only hope they have their eye on the draft and are able to get their man there because what the roster has now just won’t cut it.