5 potentially grave errors made by the Carolina Panthers this offseason

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Carolina Panthers didn’t address the LT position effectively

The Carolina Panthers are once again heading into a new season with no real answer at one of the most important positions on the field. Their options at left tackle leave a lot to be desired and one wonders just how much longer those in power can go on ignoring the need to find a legitimate blindside protector.

If they think Cam Erving is the man, then it could come back to haunt them.

The former first-round pick has struggled substantially protecting the edge throughout his career so far. Simply put, it would take a turnaround of epic proportions to alter this perception.

Only time will tell as to how this plays out. But studying the form indicates that it could emerge as a big-time complication when competitive action begins.

Should Erving fail to make the most of his final chance as a starter, then the repercussions would be huge. It will have a detrimental impact on Sam Darnold’s production, which is already hanging in the balance after a difficult start to life in the big leagues.

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If Darnold shows promise despite a lack of production in front of him, then the left tackle position is without question the Panthers’ top priority in 2022. Expect the absolute worst and hope for the best regarding Erving, who will be targeted early and often by opposing defensive schemes throughout the campaign.