5 bold training camp predictions for the Carolina Panthers in 2021

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Carolina Panthers will move Taylor Moton to LT

It seems surprising that the Carolina Panthers have yet to reach a long-term agreement with stud right tackle Taylor Moton, who was rightfully extended to a bumper four-year deal just a few short hours before the franchise tag deadline.

The Panthers have some serious questions to answer on their offensive line. They will once again be reliant on a patchwork group of unproven rookies and veterans who’ve underperformed of late, with Moton the only player that comes with any sort of consistency in recent years.

Matt Rhule stated he isn’t planning on switching Moton to the blindside at mandatory minicamp. However, it won’t take long for this proposition to become more realistic given Carolina’s current options.

This is what the offensive line might look like if Moton is moved.

  • Taylor Moton – LT
  • Pat Elflein/Deonte Brown – LG
  • Matt Paradis – C
  • John Miller – RG
  • Brady Christensen – RT

Not exactly world-beating. But it might not be half bad if the interior lives up to this end of the bargain.

One problem with naming Moton their left tackle is that he might not be as comfortable there as on the right side. Carolina might decide to keep an elite edge protector on one position and take their chances on the blindside with somebody else.