4 pros and cons to the Carolina Panthers starting Taylor Moton at LT

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Changing what works

Putting Taylor Moton at left tackle does come with some risks where the Carolina Panthers are concerned. His production over the last three seasons has been nothing short of sensational on the right, so anything less than this with a potential move would be a blow to the offensive line’s overall strength.

Left tackle is more important. Players who occupy this spot get paid far more handsomely than those on the right, but the Panthers haven’t had a dependable blindside presence at the position since Jordan Gross retired following the 2013 season and this has to change if Carolina wants to become a realistic postseason challenger at the earliest possible opportunity.

If there was ever a time to try Moton more consistently at left tackle, it is now.

Expectations have risen somewhat regarding the team’s chances in 2021. But it won’t be anything like the pressure they’ll be under in Year 3 of Matt Rhule’s reign.

In truth, this is a position Carolina should have prioritized a little more this offseason. Oregon‘s Penei Sewell was high on their list of targets at No. 8 overall, but he was taken one spot ahead of the Panthers by the Detroit Lions.

Maybe someone on the roster will surprise the team at training camp. However, putting Moton there would jeopardize the only consistent position they possess at the present time.