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Oher Struggling Early in Camp

Jeremy Igo

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The Carolina Panthers hope to have upgraded the left tackle position over last year's starter Byron Bell. Bell struggled greatly against faster defensive ends who could quickly divert around him. 

Bell's replacement, Michael Oher, appears to be having the same issue early in training camp. 

Oher had a tough time today containing Mario Addison and Frank Alexander in the first practice where the players were in full pads. On more than one occasion, Cam Newton would have been sacked if not for the "QB off limits" rule in training camp. 

The play of the day for the defensive line came from Mario Addison who was matching up against Oher. Addison was able to quickly move around Oher's left side and bat down a Cam Newton pass. While cheers came from the sidelines for the defense, the offensive coaching staff must be at least a little concerned. 

Options at left tackle are extremely limited for the Panthers currently. The second string left tackle for the Panthers is currently Nate Chandler, who lost the left tackle position last season to Byron Bell. 

Oher will need to improve, particularly against the speed rushers, if the Panthers offense plans on having an effective passing game this season. 

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We can't expect this guy to be a ProBowl level LT, it's not his MO.

He just has to be serviceable.

Remember he was signed at the urging of our OL coach. Hope that things like today will be addressed in film study and improved upon.  Ravens won a SB with this dude playing OT

There could be a real reason both his previous NFL teams had him on the right side. 

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