Panthers finally bulk up middle of D-line

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

It’s coming about two months too late, but the Panthers finally have added the wide body they’ve been missing since Maake Kemoeatu went down with an injury on the first day of training camp.

Charles Chandler reports the Panthers have signed veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas and have release Ra’Shon Harris. At 340 pounds, Thomas gives the Panthers the run-stuffing presence they’ve been missing since Kemoeatu went down.

Thomas is nearing the end of his career and won’t be able to play every down, but he’s about 40 pounds heavier than the rest of Carolina’s defensive tackles. The Panthers should have found someone of Thomas’ size as soon as Kemoeatu was injured. Instead, they’ve been starting Nick Hayden and Damione Lewis at defensive tackle and that’s left them susceptible to the run.