Carolina Panthers’ offensive line
- Ikem Ekwonu, Brady Christensen, Bradley Bozeman, Austin Corbett, Taylor Moton, Pat Elflein, Cam Erving, Cade Mays, Deonte Brown.
After another pathetic season from the offensive line, it was a busy offseason period that consisted of significantly strengthening this area of the field. The Carolina Panthers got their hands on three guaranteed starters, which could see this unit become one of the league’s most improved if everything clicks into place.
Ikem Ekwonu is the franchise left tackle fans have been craving since Jordan Gross retired. There will be some bumps in the road initially, but the Panthers must remain patient and provide the North Carolina State product with the best possible chance to succeed.
Carolina’s interior should also be night and day from last season. Austin Corbett and Bradley Bozeman joined in free agency and Brady Christensen could become the long-term left guard despite seeing plenty of blindside work over the offseason so far.
One thing the Panthers haven’t had to worry about is Taylor Moton, who remains a consistent force at right tackle and someone that could even raise his contribution further with better options around him.
These moves have rightfully relegated Cam Erving and Pat Elflein to backup roles, which is where they are best suited. Cade Mays’ versatility could come in handy if injury strikes and a chance is also taken on Deonte Brown to finally start fulfilling his clear promise.