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DT help will be on Panthers' radar again

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By Dan Parr

The Panthers made big changes at defensive tackle last offseason, drafting DTs Sione Fua and Terrell McClain in the third round to build for the future and signing veteran Ron Edwards to be their starting nose tackle. In a season in which the Panthers have been hit hard by injuries, all three players have landed on injured reserve, with Fua and McClain earlier this week joining Edwards, who was placed on I.R. before the season after tearing his triceps in training camp. Fua and McClain appeared to be hitting the rookie wall before getting injured, and defensive tackle has been a position of instability for years in Carolina. The D-tackles available in free agency and the draft will be on the Panthers' radar again this offseason. It's only one of the spots on defense that head coach Ron Rivera and GM Marty Hurney will be looking to address, though. The lack of a consistent playmaker at D-tackle is glaring, but Carolina has areas of need at every level of its defense.

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