Panthers looking in-house to fill interior line jobs

The Panthers were able to check off a number of Baseball Jerseys Cheap boxes with their draft, but there’s still a good bit of work to do — especially up the middle of their offense.

But coach Ron Rivera suggested they like some of the reserves they have on hand, and will rely on “competition” to fill some key roles.

They lost All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell in free agency, and center Ryan Kalil is entering his final season. But the Panthers spent none of their eight draft picks on an interior linemen.

They’re filling in the roster blanks with undrafted rookies for now, but it’s possible they’ll sign a veteran later. They’re not going to sign any unrestricted free agents before the second week of May, because they want to preserve their compensatory picks for 2019. But it’s definitely a position they’re going to continue to work on, among others. They didn’t draft a running back to pair with Christian McCaffrey either, and that’s another spot where a free agent addition seems likely.

“To be honest with you, he grew up in the area that I grew up,” Williams recently said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I know more about him than a lot of folks have known about him. And Cheap NFL Jerseys when you think about this kid from where he comes from and to be in the position that he’s in, you’ve got to applaud the kid, and you know sometimes people will misunderstand a kid that comes out of where he comes out of. There’s an area down in Baton Rouge they call ‘The Bottom.’ Very few young men come out of ‘The Bottom.’”

As far as Williams is concerned, there’s no reason to be concerned about Guice.

“For this kid, who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, hasn’t been arrested, no failed drug tests,” Williams said. “He’s a happy-go-lucky kid.”

Moving to the next level of football requires a great degree of gravity. Williams thinks Guice will be fine with that.

“His world has just changed,” Williams said. “It’s all about business. And I don’t think he’s going to have a problem with that.”