Out of shape Scott hurting his chances

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Scott isn't doing himself any favors in the battle to win the starting right guard position by not being in shape.

He left practice last Wednesday because he was overheated, and he spent most of Wednesday's two-hour session running sprints and doing other conditioning drills on a separate field.

This is the same player who failed conditioning tests at Buffalo last summer, making him available for the Carolina Panthers to sign.

Coach Ron Rivera admitted there was concern with Scott, who looks much heavier than the 315 pounds he listed. But Scott, who started eight games last season, has no one to blame but himself.

There's no excuse for not reporting to offseason workouts in shape in an era when conditioning is a year around job.

That this is Scott's sixth team since the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the fifth round out of Tennessee in 2010 also is a red flag.

Scott began the organized portion of Carolina's offseason workouts with the first team at right guard last week. That honor went to third-round pick Trai Turner on Wednesday.

There's a good chance Scott will lose the battle to Turner anyway. The Panthers were high on the 6-foot-3, 315-pound 20-year-old out of LSU when they drafted him, and he reported in good shape.

For those keeping score, Amini Silatulu, coming off an ACL injury, began practice working as the first-team left guard. Byron Bell lined up at left tackle with Nate Chandler at right.

Chandler also played some at left tackle as the Panthers continue to find a replacement for the retired Jordan Gross.

The good news for Scott is the Panthers aren't close to deciding what their revamped offensive line will look like outside of Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil.

"It's much too early,'' Rivera said. "The thing you're really looking for is the academic side, to make sure they're learning and growing and getting smarter as football players. That's the only thing you can really judge.''

The bad news for Scott is he can't be judged when he's not in shape.