3 winners and 3 losers from Carolina Panthers final preseason game

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Carolina Panthers starting OL

It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers didn’t do much to improve the offensive line this offseason. If things looked like they did in the first half of Friday’s preseason game, it might be another long year for Joe Brady’s offense.

The starting offensive line was Matt Paradis at the center spot, Taylor Moton at right tackle, John Miller at right guard, Pat Elflein at left guard, and Cam Erving at left tackle.

Those are the five guys expected to be the starters this season.

Surprisingly, the right side gave up more pressure and struggled. Moton just received a huge contract extension this offseason but he seemed rusty on Friday.

He gave up a rare false start for the team’s first penalty. Moton did play a lot of left tackle during training camp so he might have just had jitters. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that the O-line did quarterback Sam Darnold no favors.

Paradis arguably had the worst night, losing his assignment multiple times.

If anything, the second-team offensive line actually looked better, sparking more debate about whether rookie Brady Christensen should play at left tackle.

Guard Deonte Brown also had a good night in the second unit. So the onus will be on the starting offensive line has to improve quickly.