Otahs' return could help Panthers run

September, 21, 2011
9/21/11
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There was good news out of the Carolina Panthers' practice Wednesday. Right tackle Jeff Otah took part and expects to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Otah missed the Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers after suffering a concussion in the season opener. Otah’s return could help Carolina’s running game, which has been non-existent this season.

Although the Panthers have been thrilled with the early results from rookie quarterback Cam Newton and the passing game, they want more balance in the offense. So far, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have combined for 30 carries and 74 yards without a rushing touchdown.

Williams and Stewart are too good to be unused. Otah is one of the top run-blocking right tackles in the league. With him back in the lineup, the Panthers may make a stronger effort to run more often.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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