Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
I literally yelled out loud when I read the Panthers signed Travelle Wharton. Ok, I admit that is a bit weird, but it goes to show how bad our offensive line has been in the preseason,
Pro Football Focus ranks them 32nd in pass blocking and 30th in run blocking in the exhibition campaign. Cam has been pressured 39 percent of the time he has dropped back to pass and Thursday night vs Baltimore, the ball carrier was hit after running for an average of 1.4 yards. Those are reasons why the First Team Offense has just one TD in 14 series.
And, those are the reasons why I got a wee bit too fired up when I read that the Panthers are bringing back Wharton. After all, he is 32 years old and hasn’t played since 2010. He has blown out both knees in successive years and hasn’t played since. But, he brings versatility. He has played guard and tackle for the Panthers and might very well be better than Garry Williams or Byron Bell at their spots on the right side right now.
My guess would be that he plugs in at Right Guard for Williams. But, he could play RT or slide over to LG and they could bump Amini Silatolu to the right side. I personally hope the Panthers bring in another vet O-Lineman after Final cuts. But, this is a good start. After all, if the Line doesn’t get better, Cam and the offense will struggle and Ron RIvera can pack his bags.