5 Carolina Panthers players who don’t get enough respect

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Taylor Moton – Carolina Panthers OT

Taylor Moton doesn’t get nearly enough respect. This is largely down to the inept level of consistency around the right tackle over the last two seasons, which unfairly tars him with the same brush as those who don’t delve deeper into the game film.

Moton’s importance was recognized by the Carolina Panthers last season. He was placed on the franchise tag and subsequently signed a lucrative new contract to keep him around until 2026.

There were times when Moton struggled in 2021, but they were few and far between. The former second-round pick appeared in every snap on offense, giving up one sack and conceding five penalties en route to a 77.5 grade from Pro Football Focus.

Looking over the last three seasons, it gets even better for Moton statistically.

  • 3,287 snaps
  • 9 sacks allowed
  • 13 penalties conceded
  • 78.43 average PFF grade

One could stack this up with the best edge protectors in the business. Although Moton is rarely in this conversation within the national media.

The Panthers have invested heavily in their offensive line this spring. If the new arrivals all hit the ground running and Moton remains ultra-consistent, then this could propel the Western Michigan product to even greater feats.