5 key ways the Carolina Panthers won during 2022 offseason

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Ikem Ekwonu
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Carolina Panthers prioritized OL

This was priority No. 1 for the Carolina Panthers this offseason. And not one fan was moaning about it.

Things have been a complete disaster on the offensive line in recent years. Aside from the consistency of Taylor Moton, nobody reached even lowly targets in 2021 and those in power were right to overhaul this critical area of the field ahead of the new campaign.

Carolina got themselves two formidable figures on the interior when Bradley Bozeman and Austin Corbett joined the ranks. Both come with legitimate NFL production and will be a huge upgrade on anything the Panthers had at right guard or center last time around.

The Panthers also hit the jackpot in Las Vegas when Ikem Ekwonu fell out of the top five and into their grasp at No. 6 overall. This gives them the franchise left tackle they’ve been searching for and even though there could be some growing pains, the ceiling could not be higher where the former North Carolina State standout is concerned.

Providing second-year-pro Brady Christensen wins the starting left guard role as anticipated, then this has the scope to be a tremendous group. Being led by new offensive line coach James Campen is another feather in Carolina’s cap.

It’s been a long time coming, but there is real hope that things can get better on the protection thanks to some outstanding offseason moves.