4 intriguing Panthers position battles to watch during 2022 offseason

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What are some intriguing position battles to watch closely throughout what’s going to be a fascinating preparation period for the Carolina Panthers?

Now that the main period of recruitment has concluded, the Carolina Panthers can now begin putting their players to the test as preparations gather pace for the 2022 season.

Getting back down to business on the practice field is probably a relief for players young and old after so much time away. The roster is also arguably stronger now than it was when the 2021 campaign came to a conclusion after good signings in free agency and the draft.

The Panthers have plenty at stake next time around. Simply put, Matt Rhule and his revamped staff will be hoping the extra competition for places improves matters when the real action begins later this year.

With this in mind, here are four intriguing Panthers position battles to watch during the 2022 offseason.

Position Battle No. 1

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Ikem Ekwonu falling down to No. 6 overall could be the final piece of the puzzle across the offensive line. The Carolina Panthers were wise to take advantage of such an opportunity despite the need for quarterback improvements, but the North Carolina State product coming as the team’s franchise blindside protector opens up a fascinating competition for the left guard spot.

There are multiple candidates who will fancy their chances. of attaining the role. Brady Christensen is probably the favorite, but the likes of Deonte Brown, Cam Erving, Pat Elflein, Cade Mays, and Dennis Daley are likely to see this as a potential starting gig in 2022.

Offensive line coach James Campen will be putting them all through their paces and his opinion should hold a significant amount of weight when it’s time for the Panthers to make a final decision.