Carolina Panthers Position Analysis: Offensive Guard

The future is bright for the guard position on the Carolina Panthers as third-year Andrew Norwell and Trai Turner will look to build off an impressive year in 2015.

Carolina Panthers Offensive Guards

Name Height Weight College
Reese Dismukes 6-3 300 Auburn
Tyler Larsen 6-4 335 Utah State
Andrew Norwell 6-6 325 Ohio State
Chris Scott 6-4 340 Tennessee
Trai Turner 6-3 310 LSU
David Yankey 6-6 310 Stanford

Training Camp Battles

There really aren't much in terms of training camp battles for the offensive guard positions. The duo of Andrew Norwell and Trai Turner have played well in their positions since their rookie season of 2014. Both players have improved and Turner was even recognized with a Pro Bowl selection last year.

After these two players, the first person off the bench would most likely be Chris Scott, who was been with the team since 2013. That year, Scott started eight games for the Panthers but has been more of a backup since that season. The versatility he brings to the offensive line is a big plus for this group.

Player to Watch

David Yankey

A player worth watching during training camp is former Minnesota Viking guard David Yankey. The Panthers signed the guard this offseason to a futures contract and he should compete for one of the final spots on the roster or a spot on the team's practice squad.

Yankey was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Stanford University. He had success at the college level earning All-American honors his last two seasons at Stanford. However, he failed to find success at the NFL level with the Vikings.

At only 24 years of age, signing a player like Yankey is a good gamble for the Panthers and they hope they can tap into that potential he showed at the college level.

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