Beneath the Surface, a Look at the Panthers’ Depth in 2009

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Published: July 12, 2009

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... he did.  Although he wasn't first anywhere on the depth chart, he still started eight games at right guard and center. 

Along with the Hangman, Frank Omiyale got a start at tackle.  Jeremy Bridges made four starts at right tackle.  The offensive line missed thirteen games in all from their starting five. 

Last year Jordan Gross missed one game, Travelle Wharton missed two, Ryan Kalil missed four, Keydrick Vincent missed two, and Jeff Otah missed four.  Fortunately for the Panthers, quality backup play made it all but unnoticeable.

Compare that to 2006, when the team lost two starters in week one, but after that the regular starters missed seven games.  A lot of people place the blame for a poor season on that unit's performance.  But even with the shake-ups at the beginning of the year, they still had more stability on the line than last year's unit.

The key was having more talent in 2008.  If an...

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