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Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers, Agree to Contract
The Carolina Panthers drafted Taylor Moton in the second round in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Western Michigan. Despite not starting any games in the 2017 season, Moton appeared in all 16 games. Moton sat behind starting right tackle Daryl Williams.
The next season, Taylor Moton earned his time to shine. With Daryl Williams getting season-ending knee surgery early in the season, Moton started all 16 games for the Panthers at right tackle. He played 1,054 snaps, allowing two sacks and 28 total pressures. Despite his solid sophomore season, the Panthers finished 7-9 in 2018. The Panthers’ offensive line allowed 32 sacks, ranking 6th best in the NFL.
After a stellar 2019 season, Moton got the nod at right tackle once again. He allowed five sacks. Despite his success, the Panthers as a team, let alone their offensive line struggled in 2019. Free-agent signing Matt Paradis allowed the most pressures in the league among centers. As a result of the unit’s struggles, they allowed a league-high 58 sacks.
The organization fired Ron Rivera 12 games into the season. Defensive backs coach Perry Fewell coached the remaining four games of the season. The Panthers finished 5-11 in 2019.
The Carolina Panthers hired Matt Rhule as their next coach in 2020, which meant that a new offensive line coach would head the group. Rhule hired Los Angeles Chargers run-game coordinator and offensive line coach to succeed John Matsko.
Once again, Moton had another solid season as the Panthers starting right tackle. He allowed only six sacks and 20 pressures. Paradis and Moton were the only starters on the offensive line that started all 16 games. Rhule and the Panthers finished 2020 with the same record as the team finished in 2019. The unit as a whole allowed 33 sacks, which ranked 17th in the NFL.
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