Byron Bell will get chance to play LT for Panthers

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

If necessity is the mother if invention, what's desperation?

The Carolina Panthers see something in offensive tackle Byron Bell that most fans don't. Ron Rivera is calling the possibility of Bell playing left tackle a "good thing," despite the fact he allowed a team-high 31 pressures in 2013.

Bell has over performed since being an undrafted free agent in 2011, but there's a far cry between that and being a team's left tackle. The 25-year-old still has plenty of room to grow, but we've seen frustrating inconsistency since he entered the league. There have been flashes, particularly as a run blocker -- which makes the decision to move him to left all the more strange.

Rivera said that both Nate Chandler and Garry Williams will be part of the picture at right tackle, but ideally the team will find a way to patch the line through the draft and with a little luck combing through other team's cuts during training camp. If Carolina enter the 2014 season with a tackle combination or Bell and Chandler/Williams it's a good thing Cam Newton is one of the best running quarterbacks in the league, because he'll need it.

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