Cameron Erving
Erving with the Cleveland Browns in 2016
No. 75 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1992-08-23) August 23, 1992 (age 29)
Moultrie, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Colquitt County
(Norman Park, Georgia)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2021
Games played:82
Games started:54
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Cameron Drew Erving (born August 23, 1992) is an American football offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Florida State University.

Early years

Erving attended Colquitt County High School, where he played as a defensive tackle. He had 98 tackles (48 solo) as a senior.

College career

Erving playing for Florida State in 2014
Erving playing for Florida State in 2014

Erving played in three games as a defensive tackle as a true freshman in 2010. He recorded one tackle before a back injury caused him to have a medical redshirt. He was a backup defensive tackle and played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He finished the season with 20 tackles and one sack.

Erving was moved to offensive tackle as a sophomore in 2012.[1][2] He started all 14 games at left tackle, protecting quarterback EJ Manuel's blind side.

As a junior in 2013, Erving was a first-team All-ACC selection at left tackle, after protecting quarterback Jameis Winston's blind side, who became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.[3] He was also named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.

He began his senior season in 2014 as the starting left tackle, but was moved to center after Austin Barron suffered an arm injury in the fifth game against Wake Forest University.[4]

Erving made 42 consecutive starts on the offensive line during his college career. He is a member of the Florida State chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.[5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+12 in
(1.97 m)
313 lb
(142 kg)
34+18 in
(0.87 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
5.15 s 1.87 s 3.03 s 4.63 s 7.48 s 30+12 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
30 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Cleveland Browns

On April 30, 2015, Erving was selected with the 19th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 NFL draft.[6] Erving signed a four-year contract worth roughly $10 million, with a signing bonus of about $5 million.[7] As a rookie, he spent time at right guard and left tackle during training camp. He appeared in 16 games with 4 starts at left guard.

In 2016, after long-time starting center, Alex Mack, left the Browns via free agency, the coaching staff switched Erving from guard to center as his replacement.[8][9] He sat out three games after suffering a bruised lung in the second game against the Baltimore Ravens. He started 12 games at center, but struggled with his level of play and with his shotgun snaps. He was moved to the right tackle position for the season finale in place of Austin Pasztor, but suffered an MCL injury during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 2017, he was competing for the right tackle starting position with Shon Coleman. He struggled during training camp and also suffered a calf injury.

Kansas City Chiefs

Cameron Erving in 2019
Cameron Erving in 2019

On August 30, 2017, Erving was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2018 fifth-round pick (#159-Daurice Fountain).[10] He played in 13 games, making four starts (three at right guard and one at left tackle).

On May 2, 2018, the Chiefs declined the fifth-year option on Erving's contract.[11] On September 4, 2018, Erving signed a two-year contract extension with the Chiefs.[12] Although he was considered to be at risk of making the team, he earned the starting left guard position during training camp. He appeared in 14 games with 13 starts.

In 2019, he started eight games at left tackle, while Eric Fisher recovered from a sports-hernia surgery. Erving won his first championship when the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV.[13]

The Chiefs declined the 2020 option on Erving's contract, making him a free agent.[14]

Dallas Cowboys

On May 6, 2020, Erving signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, to compete for the swing tackle position.[15] He missed most of training camp with an undisclosed injury, returning to activity until August 27.[16] Because of the season-ending hip injury to La'el Collins, he competed for the starting right tackle position, but was passed on the depth chart by rookie Terence Steele. In the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee while blocking for a field goal attempt. On September 15, he was placed on injured reserve with a sprained knee.[17] He was designated to return from injured reserve on October 7, and began practicing with the team again.[18] He was activated on October 24.[19]

In the seventh game against the Washington Football Team, he was named the starter at left tackle, replacing Brandon Knight who had a knee injury. In the eleventh game against the Washington Football Team, he suffered a sprained right knee injury on the opening series and was replaced with Knight. On December 11, 2020, he was placed back on injured reserve, making him ineligible to return during the season.[20] He appeared in 6 games with 5 starts at left tackle.

Carolina Panthers

On March 17, 2021, Erving signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.[21] He was named the Panthers starting left tackle for 2021. He suffered a calf injury in Week 9 and was placed on injured reserve on November 8, 2021.[22] He was activated on December 11.

References

  1. ^ "FSU leaning on fresh faces on offensive line". Fox Sports. August 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Patrik Nohe (August 18, 2012). "Cameron Erving flourishing in new role on FSU's O-Line". Miami Herald.
  3. ^ "2013 All-ACC Teams Announced". TheACC.com. December 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Chase Goodbread (November 17, 2014). "FSU OL Cameron Erving's move to center permanent". NFL.com. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta" (PDF). 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Gribble, Andrew (April 30, 2015). "Cleveland Browns draft Florida State OL Cameron Erving in 1st round". ClevelandBrowns.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (May 15, 2015). "Cleveland Browns sign 1st-round picks Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Orr, Conor (April 10, 2016). "Browns O-line gives Cam Erving vote of confidence". NFL.com. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Florjancic, Matthew (July 14, 2016). "Cameron Erving focused on being Cleveland Browns' center". WKYC. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  10. ^ Sessler, Marc (August 30, 2017). "Browns ship Cameron Erving to Chiefs for fifth-rounder". NFL.com. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  11. ^ Gantt, Darin (May 2, 2018). "Chiefs won't pick up option on Cameron Erving". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  12. ^ Teicher, Adam (September 4, 2018). "Source: Cameron Erving signs 2-year extension with Chiefs". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  13. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV". NFL.com. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (March 1, 2020). "Report: Chiefs not expected to exercise option on Cam Erving's contract". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  15. ^ Phillips, Rob (May 6, 2020). "Veteran Lineman Cameron Erving Agrees To Terms". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "Top 3 Tackles Practice Together For First Time". DallasCowboys.com. August 27, 2020. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  17. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 15, 2020). "Brandon Carr, LB, OT Signed To Roster; 3 To IR". DallasCowboys.com.
  18. ^ Phillips, Rob (October 7, 2020). "Practice Report: Gregory Returns; LVE Closer?". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  19. ^ "Cowboys LT Cam Erving activated from injured reserve, expected to start vs. Washington". DallasNews.com. October 24, 2020. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  20. ^ Williams, Charean (December 11, 2020). "Cowboys place Cameron Erving on IR for a second time". NBCSports.com. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  21. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 18, 2021). "Panthers bolster defense on first official day of free agency". Panthers.com.
  22. ^ Gantt, Darin (November 8, 2021). "Panthers place two starting linemen on injured reserve". Panthers.com.