The Carolina Panthers could easily have the worst offensive tackles in the NFL, and there aren’t really any viable options at this point after the draft. Per a tweet yesterday from Howard Balzer, the Panthers gave former Chicago Bears starting tackle J’Marcus Webb a tryout, and adding him wouldn’t exactly be a very helpful move.
As it stands right now, the Panthers starting offensive tackles are Bryon Bell and Nate Chandler, which is obviously a problem for star quarterback Cam Newton. Webb would add some depth to the position and could push for a starting job, but he’s ideally a swing tackle at best in this league. He was beyond awful in his first three seasons with the Bears, causing far too much trouble for Jay Cutler, and he wasn’t exactly good for the Minnesota Vikings in eight appearances last year. The 25-year-old visited the Kansas City Chiefs a couple of months ago, and he also met with the Vikings very recently.
The Panthers also worked out three linebackers in James Anderson, Marvin Mitchell, and Stevenson Sylvester. While Sylvester has some talent, he’s just a depth linebacker who is best off getting snaps on special teams. Anderson used to be a very good starting linebacker for the Panthers for a number of seasons, as he constantly made plays. The veteran LB played for the Chicago Bears last year and had 102 tackles on one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Anderson seems to make the most sense for the Panthers out of that group, but they could just as easily take Sylvester or Mitchell. There’s no doubt that the Panthers have a boatload of talent at linebacker, so whoever they sign would have their work cut out for them.