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September 05, 2018 at 1:08 am.

–Now it’s the other Kalil brother who is out of action. The Panthers placed left tackle Matt Kalil on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Last season, center Ryan Kalil missed considerable time with a neck injury. Either way, it’s another disruption for the offensive line.

Matt Kalil started all 16 regular-season games last year for a team that ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing. The Panthers are hoping he will be able to return this season.

“We’re putting Matt on injured reserve to give him time to fully rehab the knee,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “We decided to make the move now so he’s eligible to come back after eight games.”

–The Panthers added offensive tackle Corey Robinson in a trade with the Detroit Lions after the final preseason game.

Robinson arrives with considerable regional ties for a team that claims to be home for two states. Robinson played for Havelock High School in North Carolina, and he played his college football at South Carolina.

Robinson played in 23 games for the Lions across three seasons. That included eight starts.

–The Panthers kept offensive lineman Brendan Mahon on the roster as the only undrafted player on the 53-player list.

Mahon, who played at Penn State, is valued for his versatility because he is capable of playing at guard or tackle.

Mahon’s arrival has brought comparisons to another versatile lineman — Greg Van Roten. Van Roten was a surprise addition to the 2017 roster and now might be in line to start as the left guard. Van Roten’s versatility came in handy last year at center. With a rash of injuries in the preseason along the offensive front, players such as Van Roten have become more valuable to the Panthers.

“It has been a work in progress trying to find the answers to the guys that were injured,” head coach Ron Rivera said.

TEAM MVP

–Quarterback Cam Newton: He is still the one who makes the offense go, and he had a more normal preseason this year to prepare after his 2017 offseason was disrupted by surgery. Newton is a multi-threat quarterback, so he’s a bonus to the rushing attack. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2015, but he doesn’t have to return to that level to be one of the most dynamic players in the league. He still plays with a proverbial chip on his shoulder and that might serve him well this season.
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–Wide receiver DJ Moore: It’s not just because he was the first-round draft pick for the Panthers, but that certainly doesn’t hurt. There is ample opportunity for Moore in a receiving group that has been retooled and needs newcomers to step up. Moore gained early approval from the coaching staff for his preparation during the offseason and that should translate into the season.

 

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