Ya know, a little cautious optimism in this area is not so big a stretch as some folks think.
If Trai Turner lives up to the first impressions he's given, the interior line could be the best it's been in a while, and that's a pretty big deal.
Solid protection inside gives the quarterback the ability to 'step up' in the pocket. That makes it easier for the tackles to handle speed rushers, especially given that type of pass rusher has a natural tendency to overrun targets sometimes anyway. Mind you, they still have to be able to stand their ground with power rushers, but these days most of the league's DEs are speed rushers.
Add in besides the optimism for the interior line, Nate Chandler looks like he might be a decent LT. And yes, Bell could be improved. It's been known to happen.
Could they turn out awful? Sure. But it's not the slam dunk people make it out to be.
We needed the roster spot for preseason games. Unless you want 1st and 2nd string players playing more in preseason and taking a chance on getting hurt to protect that 6th round player that is hurt for the season already.
Does it suck? Sure but Gaffney is not the franchise savior. I think we will manage with the 4 other RBs on the roster
I'm not sure our resident Madden champions get how this works in the real world.
Where do you get that from? I am sure the Colts, Packers, and Giants would like to disagree with you. They are the teams that are in a whole other category when it comes to injuries in recent years with the Colts leading the way easily almost every year for a decade straight. Hate to say it but the Panthers aren't even close to the most injury riddled team.
Injuries happen to all teams and good teams have the depth to overcome them.
Pretty sure there's an element of every fanbase that thinks 'we have it worse than every other team in the NFL'.
My own take is that it feels like injuries have gone up all over the league since the new practice rules were implemented with the last CBA. I will say that's just a feeling though. I haven't done the research to back it up.
I do think that at some point you'll see someone in the media - or maybe even the league itself - investigate that question.