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Carolina Panthers OT Michael Oher on time with Titans: ‘Wasn’t their kind of guy’

Carolina tackle Michael Oher, left, has played well with the Panthers after a lost season with the Tennessee Titans.
Carolina tackle Michael Oher, left, has played well with the Panthers after a lost season with the Tennessee Titans. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher had little to say this week about the one injury-plagued season he spent with Tennessee in 2014.

Oher, 29, ranked among the 10 worst tackles in the NFL last season with the Titans, according to Pro Football Focus. The former first-round pick by Baltimore allowed six sacks and 26 quarterback hurries in 11 games at right tackle before going on injured reserve with a toe injury that required surgery after the season.

The Titans cut him in February, one year into a four-year, $20 million contract. Oher said he’s not sure why it didn’t work out in Tennessee.

“I just wasn’t their kind of guy. I wasn’t the guy for the job, I guess,” he said. “It just doesn’t work out sometimes.”

Oher has been solid while starting every game at left tackle for the Panthers, especially in pass protection. Tight end Greg Olsen said Oher has brought an edge to the offensive line with his toughness and athleticism.

Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey, who was the tight ends coach when Oher was in Nashville, said he thinks Oher’s toe injury played a part in his struggles last season.

“I know he’s playing pretty well for them,” Mularkey said. “I know he was not healthy here all the time. I know his foot was constantly giving him problems, so maybe the healthy part of it has helped him play better this year.”

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