5 big observations from first Carolina Panthers scrimmage at Colts

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Carolina Panthers OL conundrum continues

The Carolina Panthers used plenty of different formations and personnel across the offensive line once again in a bid to find the right formula. Something that’s proven difficult over the first few weeks of training camp.

This session at the Indianapolis Colts would have told Matt Rhule and his coaching staff more about the players than anything that’s come before. And according to those in attendance, it was not a good day for the unit in 11-on-11 drills.

Sam Darnold was running for his life and taking some hits as significant pressure came quickly and often. Not exactly the biggest confidence boost for a unit that has far more questions than answers heading into the first preseason game.

There were some nice moments. But this was overshadowed by a lack of cohesion which allowed Indy’s defensive front to dominate proceedings more often than not.

Much work to be done, obviously.

However, this is nothing Rhule and his team didn’t already know before this joint practice began. The sooner this problem area is resolved, the better Carolina’s chances will be.

Until then, strap yourselves in for a bumpy ride.