Carolina Panthers Position Analysis: Offensive Tackle

The Carolina Panthers saw improved play at offensive tackle but this group struggled in the Super Bowl. Brandon Croce takes a look at the position and what to expect heading into the season, including a key training camp battle.

Carolina Panthers Offensive Tackles

Name Height Weight College
David Foucalt 6-8 315 Montreal
Donald Hawkins 6-4 310 Texas
Michael Oher 6-4 315 Ole Miss
Mike Remmers 6-4 315 Oregon State
Jordan Rigsbee 6-4 315 California
Daryl Williams 6-6 335 Oklahoma

Training Camp Battles

Mike Remmers vs. Daryl Williams

This was a training camp battle that was expected to take place last year after the Panthers draft Daryl Williams in the 2015 NFL Draft. However, Williams didn't really challenge Remmers for the spot and after an injury early in the 2015 season, Williams was relegated to the sidelines for a majority of the year.

It is a new season and there is no question of Williams talent, especially as a run blocker. This is one area that the second-year tackle has a clear advantage over Remmers and the fact that the Panthers rely on the run as much as they do, it is big advantage. 

While Williams will push Remmers, he is still a good tackle and has started the last 26 games for this offense dating back to the 2014 season. He did struggle in the Super Bowl against Von Miller but it isn't fair to throw out a year and half of strong play over one game. This will be a very competitive battle at training camp and will be fun to watch.

Player to Watch

David Foucault

This is a make or break training camp for the tackle from Montreal. Foucault will be entering his third offseason with the Panthers and will need to show he is continuing to improve if he wants to be considered for the backup job behind Michael Oher.

In 2014, as a rookie, Foucault got a start at left tackle against the New Orleans Saints and struggled. That game, Cam Newton was sacked four times and Foucault has not started a game since.

The left tackle position is pretty secure with Oher as the starter however he does have an injury history and the Panthers will need to have a strong player in place to step in at a moment's notice. If Foucault is not able to give the coaching staff confidence, the team could turn to Donald Hawkins or undrafted rookie Jordan Rigsbee.

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