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Carolina Panthers signed Cam Erving

The Carolina Panthers could be turning to Cam Erving in pursuit of solving their long-time problem at left tackle. A strange decision whichever way one looks at it.

Erving came into the league with an extremely high ceiling after being taken No. 19 overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2015. Expectations the player has failed to reach so far.

The Florida State product lasted just two seasons on the Browns before joining the Kansas City Chiefs. Erving did win a Super Bowl during the 2019 campaign, but his edge protection left a lot to be desired and he wasn’t brought back when his contract expired.

This was followed by a spell on the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. Erving gave up one sack and conceded one penalty from 219 snaps, which wasn’t enough to earn a longer stay.

If Erving ends up starting at left tackle, it won’t take long for opposing defensive schemes to pile as much pressure as they can on his side of the field. Something the player hasn’t exactly coped well with throughout his career to date.

Perhaps this latest change of scenery will do Erving good. He’s certainly saying all the right things during the offseason, but that will count for nothing if the same problems in performance emerge once again in 2021.