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Over the coming weeks I will be comparing Carolina Panthers roster units from today and exactly one year ago. First up, the Carolina Panthers Offensive Line. Position20142015 First Team Left TackleByron BellMichael OherLeft GuardAmini SilatoluAndrew NorwellCenterRyan KalilRyan KalilRight GuardChris ScottTrai TurnerRight TackleNate ChandlerMike Remmers Second Team Left TackleGarry WilliamsJonathan MartinLeft GuardDerek DennisAmini SilatoluCenterBrian FolkertsBrian FolkertsRight GuardTrai TurnerChris ScottRight TackleAndrew McDonaldDaryl WilliamsLooking at this roster, there appears to be a fairly significant improvement to the first team. Three starters at this time last year (Chandler, Scott, Silatolu) are now backups. One starter (Bell) was released. The only starter on the offensive line that has remained from a year ago today is Ryan Kalil. Byron Bell was signed by Tennessee. In the second team, there is also some improvement. Daryl Williams, while raw, has the potential to be an anchor on the right side long term (particularly in the running game). Amini Silatolu is a huge upgrade over the inexperienced Derek Dennis at left guard. The talent level of Jonathan Martin and Garry Williams is probably a push, but considering Garry Williams was never healthy enough to actually play in a game.... advantage Martin. Andrew McDonald is now trying to make the Cleveland Browns 2015 roster. Garry Williams is out of football. Derek Dennis is out of football. (Guard Fernando Velasco was not signed to the Panthers roster at this time last year) Conclusion So, by crunching the number and applying my proprietary Huddle algorithm, I can safely tell you there has been a 43.4% improvement in the offensive line over the past 365 days. Considering this was done while avoiding over spending on aging veteran players, I'd say GM Dave Gettleman has done a solid job. For the first time in a long time, could the Carolina Panthers offensive line in 2015 be considered.... above average?
The Carolina Panthers offensive line depth chart has become a little more clear now that the OTA practices have come to an end and the Panthers Mini-Camp is set to begin. Here is how the depth chart is shaking out according to my eyes and notes... View full article