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Early reality check for Panthers O-line

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Dan Parr
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By Dan Parr

There were some signals in the preseason that issues could arise for the Panthers’ offensive line. It allowed eight sacks vs. the Texans, but it was the first exhibition game, and only one of the sacks was made against Cam Newton.

The team certainly expected a better start to the regular season from the front five. It failed to come close to reaching expectations vs. the Buccaneers in Week One, though.

Rookie OLG Amini Silatolu might have had the worst game of any of the offensive linemen in Carolina’s loss to Tampa Bay. He was the weakest link, but weak links up front were in abundance. It was only one game, and we’re told the Panthers are going to be patient with Silatolu, a second-round pick this year. They might be less so, we hear, with ORT Byron Bell, who is backed up by Bruce Campbell.

We could get a better feel for the Panthers’ depth on the offensive line if these problems persist. The loss to the Bucs, who held the Panthers to only 10 rushing yards and sacked Newton three times, was an eye-opener for the O-line and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

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