Posted July 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says second-year player Byron Bell will be the team's starting right tackle when training camp begins Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C. That news comes one day after the Panthers traded former first-round draft pick Jeff Otah to the New York Jets for a conditional late-round 2013 pick. Otah had missed 31 of the last 35 games with knee injuries. Bell, an undrafted rookie from New Mexico, stepped in last season and started 12 games, helping quarterback Cam Newton earn AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. Bell struggled with penalties but still earned Rivera's respect. Rivera says that despite being thrust into a tough situation Bell ''played pretty doggone well'' and ''we were one of the top scoring teams in the league with him in there.''

Panthers' Kalil predicts Super Bowl win

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Kalil guarantees Panthers' Super Bowl win

Ryan Kalil declares Panthers' Super Bowl win
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