5 burning questions facing the Carolina Panthers OL in 2021

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Can the Carolina Panthers rely on Cam Erving at LT?

Considering how focused the Carolina Panthers were on improving other areas that required immediate attention, their constant refusal to prioritize the left tackle position remains a real head-scratcher.

Obviously, had Penei Sewell fallen one more spot to No. 8 overall, we’re probably not having this conversation. But fans are rightfully looking at their current blindside options will a real sense of trepidation in 2021.

Cam Erving appears to be the firm favorite to win the job for Week 1 against the New York Jets. This is his final chance for the player to remove his draft bust label, something that’s come as a result of inconsistent performances for three different teams over a six-year period since entering the league as a first-round pick.

Erving production on the edge has left a lot to be desired.

He appears far better suited to one of the guard positions judging by recent exploits. So it’s a significant gamble for the Panthers to put the former Florida State star at the most important position on their offensive line.

How Erving performs in the preseason will be telling.

Carolina also has Trenton Scott and Greg Little who could fit in if required. Although this would be yet another band-aid on what’s become a substantial problem for the organization ever since Jordan Gross retired after the 2013 season.