5 key observations from the Panthers preseason win vs. Steelers

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Brady Christensen looked great at Carolina Panthers LT

Even though the Carolina Panthers hadn’t used Brady Christensen at left tackle much during training camp, they were keen to give the former BYU stud plenty of reps protecting the blindside after the break.

It was evident Christensen wanted to make the most of it.

Much has been made about the third-round pick’s arm length and how it could potentially cause problems blocking the edge at the next level. This is despite Christensen gaining the highest-ever grade given to an offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus in 2020 in college.

Carolina’s offensive line struggled at times in the first half. So there were more than a few people watching Christensen’s progress closely during what was clearly an audition to man the left tackle spot if Cam Erving doesn’t reach expectations.

Simply put, it was hard not to be impressed by Christensen’s contribution.

Whether that changes the Panthers’ approach to their projected starting offensive line is another matter entirely. Deonte Brown also saw a ton of reps after the break, working at both guard positions and doing his chances no harm at all.

If Brown is the work in progress, Christensen is the player generating some real momentum at just the right time. The Panthers now have a huge decision to make regarding the promising first-year-pro.