The Panthers entered last season with a devastating interior line trio of center Ryan Kalil, left guard Andrew Norwell, and right guard Trae Turner. Fast forward a year and things look a little less promising; Norwell has moved on to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Ryan Kalil is one year from retirement and coming off a challenging 2017. With Norwell gone the Panthers have a sizable hole at guard which wasn’t solved via the draft (Carolina selected zero offensive linemen) or free agency.
All-Pro guard Trae Turner however is still around and remains a quality anchor for the line. The 24 year old played in 13 games last season and gave up just one sack. Turner gave up a lot of pressures despite that one allowed sack, and his five penalties were less than ideal. Still, Turner is one of the best guards – if not the best – in the entire division.
Center Ryan Kalil is set to retire next off-season, but thanks to an addition last off-season the team won’t be left without a Kalil. Left tackle Matt Kalil was signed by the Panthers in 2017 after spending the first four years of his career with the Vikings. Formerly a fourth overall pick in the draft, Kalil has had an up and down career with last year being a “down”. Kalil surrendered eight sacks, which is more than any other lineman in the South that we’ve gone over thus far. On top of that he had seven penalties.
Carolina got a pleasant surprise out of their right tackle last season when Daryl Williams, a former fourth round pick in 2015, broke out on to the scene. Williams was Pro Football Focus’s third ranked tackle in the entire league, and it appears that he’ll soon get a contract extension to pay off his efforts.