Carolina Panthers right tackle Nate Chandler started the first 11 games last season and has 19 career starts, but feels a bit like an afterthought this following the offseason additions of tackles Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin.
It doesn’t help that trainers have held Chandler out of OTAs following toe and knee surgeries late last season. But Chandler says he’s expects to be a factor in the tackle competition at training camp at Wofford.
“I’m never going to throw in the towel. That’s not who I am,” Chandler said. “So when I come back, you can look forward to it.”
Chandler, rated among the 17 worst tackles in the league last year by Pro Football Focus, is eager to get back in the mix.
“It’s not my call. If it was, I would probably be out there,” he said. “But I listen to (the trainers) and they know more than I do. I’m just patiently waiting.”