4 worst-case scenarios for the Panthers at training camp in 2021

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Carolina Panthers OL struggles

It’s going to take a huge effort for the Carolina Panthers to get their offensive line firing on all cylinders at training camp. Protection remains a strong cause for concern despite Taylor Moton deservedly receiving a bumper deal before the deadline, with the options ranging from promising rookies to veterans who haven’t exactly set the world alight since entering the league.

Carolina should probably rotate their options on the protection until they feel the right formula has been found. Only Moton and center Matt Parasdis can say they are starters with any confidence heading into camp, so this extra competition for places might bring around improved production in the process.

However, the smart money is on the line faltering more often than not. Opposing defensive schemes aren’t stupid, so they will be all-too-aware of where the Panthers are weakest and exploit this accordingly.

If Cam Erving ends up starting at left tackle, this will be the spot for teams to go after. His production protecting the edge over his career has left a lot to be desired and if Pat Elflein earns left guard duties, Sam Darnold’s blindside could be severely comprimised.

The one shining light besides Moton where the Panthers are concerned is the incoming college recruits. Brady Christensen should be a Day 1 starter somewhere on the line, Deonte Brown has dominant traits with a smooth transition and David Moore’s versatility could see him earn a roster spot.