Panthers' newly-paid lineman Taylor Moton taking reps at left tackle


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This offseason, Ryan Ramczyk of the New Orleans Saints and Taylor Moton of the Carolina Panthers proved that right tackles matter too. While their counterparts on the left side are considered the most important offensive linemen, both Ramczyk and Moton cashed in on monster extensions. However, one could soon be switching over to the left side.

Last week, Moton spent more time working at left tackle. As the Panthers’ website states, this has been done out of both necessity and curiosity. The presumed starting left tackle, Cameron Erving, has missed time due to a shoulder injury and apparently hasn’t yet proven that the job is his. ESPN’s David Newton says that this upcoming week will be the time for Erving to prove himself, but that Moton is still going to get some time on the left side. When Moton played left tackle, Trent Scott stepped in at right tackle.

A couple of weeks ago, Moton even told reporters he’s ready to step in if he’s needed at left tackle. Moton signed a four-year, $72 million extension last month on the deadline to extend franchise-tagged players that includes $43 million guaranteed. According to Pro Football Focus, he has allowed just 10 sacks in 2,071 pass-blocking snaps in his career, and his 81.2 PFF grade for 2020 ranked 13th among all tackles. It might be likely that Erving will start the season at left tackle, but if he struggles, Carolina could make a change with Moton.  

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