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