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Panthers' Michael Oher passes first test at left tackle

Michael Oher (left) and the Panthers offensive line held their own against the Bills. Chuck Burton/AP Photo

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn’t sacked against a stout Buffalo defensive front in Friday night’s 25-24 preseason victory.

In other words, Michael Oher’s first game at left tackle for Carolina was a success.

Oher won’t face many better defensive ends than Buffalo’s Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes, who combined for 25.5 sacks in 2014.

That he held his own was a good sign as the 2009 first-round pick returns to the left side after struggling the past two seasons on the right side at Tennessee and Baltimore.

Oher gave Newton time to complete his final four pass attempts for 83 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin on Carolina’s third possession.

That’s what the Panthers were looking for when they signed Oher to replace Byron Bell. This helped solidify management’s decision to forego taking a tackle in the first two rounds of the draft.

“In the preseason, you want to end on a good note," Oher told reporters afterward. “You look clean out there, so it was good to score a touchdown and stuff like that. But I’m pretty sure once we see the film, there will be a lot of things we have to work on.

“It was a great test for us coming on the road, having to work on silent count, but naturally you’re going to be late off the ball and things like that. Then going up against those kind of guys. ... I think they led the league in sacks last year."

That they had none on Friday night was a good sign.