5 key observations from Carolina Panthers joint practices with Ravens

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More reps for Taylor Moton at LT

It appears as if Cam Erving is still slotted as the starter at left tackle for now. But that hasn’t stopped the Carolina Panthers from throwing plenty of blindside reps Taylor Moton’s way throughout training camp.

This was once again there for all to see during joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens. Erving went off early as a precaution on Thursday, prompting the Panthers to get a better look at Moton on the left against a formidable defensive front led by Calais Campbell.

Moton is one of the best right tackles in the business, so compromising his influence isn’t smart considering the standard of options at other positions.

That being said, Moton has more than held his own at left tackle and seems to be improving all the time. So it’s a realistic proposition if Erving cannot turn his career around pretty quickly when the regular season gets underway.

This is a decisive issue with the team’s fanbase.

The left tackle spot is arguably the most important on offense behind the quarterback. If Moton is comfortable enough there then a discussion needs to be had.

Carolina seems happy with Erving, at least initially. This is the former first-round pick’s final chance to alter perceptions regarding his play, but having the option of moving Moton and putting someone like Brady Christensen or Trenton Scott on the right is a nice security blanket to have.