Cam Erving – Carolina Panthers OT
It seems the Carolina Panthers’ revolving door at left tackle has finally come to an end with Ikem Ekwonu’s arrival at No. 6 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. One would hope the organization has found the long-term answer on the blindside, even though the coaching staff is keen for the North Carolina State product to earn the right to become an instant starter.
A year ago the Panthers hitched their wagon to the Cam Erving train after signing him to a two-year, $10 million deal on the first day of free agency. The former first-round pick out of Florida State had not lived up to his billing elsewhere and that continued as he posted a 56.0 grade from Pro Football Focus, which is what many feared would transpire before his first snap.
It’s been reported by the media in attendance at Wofford College that Erving has actually been practicing with the third and fourth units. While the veteran provides solid depth as a swing tackle, at best he will find himself as the third left tackle on the depth chart behind Ekwonu and last year’s third-rounder Brady Christensen.
Erving will likely receive plenty of reps in the preseason. But unless he shows considerable improvement, the lineman will find himself riding the bench in the final year of his contract.