Carolina Panthers

‘Hodgepodge’ offensive line effective for Carolina Panthers vs. Bucs

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera called his offensive line a “hodgepodge of players” after rotating the linemen in Sunday’s 20-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Along with his starting linemen, Rivera used rookie guard Trai Turner and veteran tackle Garry Williams on his offensive line against Tampa Bay to help the team rush for 113 yards and allow just one sack of quarterback Derek Anderson.

“These are all guys that have played with us at one time or another, and most of those guys have started at one time or another,” Rivera said. “I’m very pleased with what they’ve done.”

Left tackle Byron Bell, guard Amini Silatolu, center Ryan Kalil, guard Fernando Velasco and right tackle Nate Chandler got the starts for the Panthers. Turner rotated with Velasco and Williams spelled Chandler.

Brian Folkerts came in for two plays when Kalil had a problem with his shoulder pads.

Rivera said the sack came on a miscommunication between Anderson and his teammates. Anderson took the blame for the audible after Gerald McCoy went by Velasco to sack Anderson in the fourth quarter.