Panthers depth chart focus: How much can OL improve in 2022?

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The Left Guard Battle

With four core positions across the offensive line locked up, attention will turn to a highly competitive battle for the starting left guard spot in training camp. The Carolina Panthers have a wealth of options available, which could also improve depth across the board as a result.

Brady Christensen should be the favorite after displaying enough promise as a rookie and the Panthers valuing him higher on the interior than as an edge protector. This is a big offseason for the former third-round pick out of BYU, who has all the athletic intangibles needed to make noticeable strides under the guidance of James Campen.

There are plenty of other individuals who will fancy their chances. Pat Elflein and Cam Erving didn’t perform up to the required standard last season but still find themselves on the team, which is thanks in no small part to the money allocated to each player when the market was not going to be robust.

All eyes will also be on Deonte Brown after the mammoth presence could not earn many valuable starting reps as a rookie. The addition of Cade Mays in Round No. 6 also comes with some intrigue and this preparation period also represents the last chance saloon for Dennis Daley after the front office gave him another chance.

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Michael Jordan is another player who won’t be giving up his reps without a fight. So it promises to be a fiery battle that will only bring out the best in those competing.