In a cost cutting move, the Panthers decided to release left guard/tackle Travelle Wharton a few weeks ago. He was due a $7.6 mil. roster bonus this year and with the Panthers having barely any cap room, they decided it was best to release him. Wharton has always been a solid run blocker but he was not worth the $7.6 mil. he was due this year, especially with the team having other needs. However, it is hard not to be a little concerned about the Panthers' offensive line when you look at how Wharton has helped Carolina's running game.
The Panthers have attempted to soften the blow of losing Wharton by re-signing Geoff Hangartner at a low-cost and picking up former Indianapolis Colt, Mike Pollak. Pollak is a former 2nd round pick from the 2008 draft and is very versatile. He has spent most of his time with the Colts as a right guard but he has alos played right tackle and the left guard position, so the Panthers have some options as to what they can do with him. Assuming that Jeff Otah stays healthy, it is likely that Pollak will be playing left guard here but can he be as effective as Wharton was? More importantly, can Pollak be a starter in this offense?
Finding out how good Pollak is will be important to know before hand, because this will let us know if we have another position to fill going into the draft. As it stands right now, the depth at guard for Carolina appears to be him, Hangartner, Byron Bell, Roger Allen and Bryant Browning. Certainly room for improvement there if Pollak isn't up to standards.
After the jump, we are going to take a look at some offensive line data from Football Outsiders along with other stats that will give us an idea of Pollak's performance and whether or not he is a good replacement for Wharton.no comments
The Panthers were expected to deal one of their running backs this off-season and earlier today they did just that by trading Mike Goodson to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell.
Goodson was the most expandable running back on the roster because while he's a solid player, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert have more value to the team right now. Aside from kickoff returns, Goodson would not get much playing time in Carolina next season, so trading him now makes perfect sense, especially with the team having other needs.
The question is who is Bruce Campbell and how can he help the Panthers? We'll explore that after the jump.no comments
Hello everyone and welcome to Panther Rules, Bloguin's new Carolina Panthers blog. My co-writer and I are very excited to launch this new project as we are both huge Panthers fans and always have a lot to say about them. This blog will feature many different types of articles including in-depth game breakdowns, scouting reports and thorough coverage of the NFL Draft, which is just around the corner.
The Panthers have been very active the last few days, so you can expect there to be plenty of content uploaded soon. We are looking forward to writing this blog and bringing you the latest details of the happenings of the Carolina Panthers.no comments