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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. Position 2014 2015 First Team Left Tackle Byron Bell Michael Oher Left Guard Amini Silatolu Andrew Norwell Center Ryan Kalil Ryan Kalil Right Guard Chris Scott Trai Turner Right Tackle Nate Chandler Mike Remmers Second Team Left Tackle Garry Williams Jonathan Martin Left Guard Derek Dennis Amini Silatolu Center Brian Folkerts Brian Folkerts Right Guard Trai Turner Chris Scott Right Tackle Andrew McDonald Daryl Williams Looking 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... Left Tackle Michael Oher - Biggest question mark on the entire team. Jonathan Martin - Looking to revitalize his career Martin Wallace - Has earned a few second string reps David Foucault - On the bubble Right Tackle Mike Remmers - Has also spent limited reps at second string center) Daryl Williams (R) - Getting plenty of one on one coaching Nate Chandler - Chandler hasn't practiced, recovering from injury, slight speculation here. Left Guard Andrew Norwell - Future pro bowler? Amini Silatolu - Last year's starter Tyronne Green - 5th year journeyman our of Auburn, injury issues. Right Guard Trai Turner - Road grading guard Chris Scott - Appears to be in good shape, can also backup tackle position Jordan McCray - Tryout player looking for a chance Center Ryan Kalil - Leader of the offense. Brian Folkerts - Solid backup, used as TE on some rhino packages Ronald Patrick - South Carolina kid looking for a NFL home. Taking a quick glance of this lineup, it is easy even for the most casual fans to see a tremendous upgrade over the offensive line from this time last season. Three of the five starting offensive line positions have been upgraded tremendously (Remmers, Turner, Norwell) and the jury is still out on one position (Oher). The quality of depth found is also much improved with former starters moving back to backup positions where they probably should have been to begin with.
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