5 exciting Carolina Panthers storylines to watch in 2022 training camp

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Carolina Panthers OL development

The major downfall of last season was the lackluster play of the offensive line. This unit allowed 52 sacks, numerous pressures, and failed to develop holes for a sustained running game.

To help remedy the situation, Scott Fitterer and company hit the free agent market bringing in Bradley Bozeman and Austin Corbett. They also drafted left tackle Ikem Ekwonu out of North Carolina State with the No. 6 overall selection.

Bozeman, a two-time college football champion with the Alabama Crimson Tide, brings toughness to the center position after four years with the Baltimore Ravens. Corbett won a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams in 2021, has a winning pedigree, and will solidify the right side of the line alongside stud tackle Taylor Moton.

With Ekownu expected to slot in as the blindside starter, the only question mark is at left guard. This could be filled by Brady Christensen if Matt Rhule elects to move him inside, Dennis Daley, Michael Jordan, or Pat Elflein.

For the first time in a few seasons, this unit not only has a decent starting five but actual depth and versatility to keep the rotation fresh during games. The Carolina Panthers expect progress compared to the 2021 season, which will account for better quarterback protection and wider, more sustained running room for the backfield.