5 important observations from Carolina Panthers first preseason game

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Carolina Panthers OL Brady Christensen looked the part

There was a real sense of intrigue regarding Brady Christensen finally taking his first reps on an NFL field. The Carolina Panthers slotted the third-round pick at right tackle from the outset, which resulted in an encouraging debut for the lineman.

Christensen was a flawless edge protector at BYU at left tackle, although the Panthers aren’t contemplating using him there at the present time. That being said, they might move Taylor Moton over to the blindside if things remain a concern in this area, which puts the rookie in play for a starting job sooner rather than later.

Everything seemed to be there for Christensen against Indianapolis’ second string. His footwork and athleticism were eye-catching, as was the player’s technique to keep opposing pass-rushers in front of him more often than not.

His partnership with sixth-rounder Deonte Brown was very pleasing in the first half. It was on the other side of the line where the problems emerged.

This was a good start for Christensen. But what comes next is equally if not more important.

The Panthers would be wise to get plenty of reps into Christensen between now and Week 1. If he continues to catch the eye, then it might come with an opening day start ahead of others with more experience.