4 key observations from Panthers 2022 training camp practice Day 1

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Carolina Panthers OL experiments

The Carolina Panthers made some welcome improvements to their offensive line via free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft. Something that leaves reasons for hope after so much failure in this key area of play.

Day 1 of the team’s training camp was a good chance for the Panthers to experiment with various options. Chopping and changing the lineup plenty to see where each option is best suited.

As expected, Brady Christensen and No. 6 overall selection Ikem Ekwonu shared responsibilities at the left tackle and left guard positions. The only real constant was Taylor Moton, who remains a foundational piece at right tackle and should benefit considerably from the vast changes across the protection in 2022.

This was also evident at the center spot. Pat Elflein took work with the first-team unit along with free-agent signing Bradley Bozeman, integrating the Alabama product in slowly before assuming charge of the role.

According to Darin Gantt from Panthers.com, Michael Jordan and Dennis Daley were also used in multiple positions throughout the first practice. Versatility has always been important to head coach Matt Rhule, but expect the starting unit to become more prominent as camp progresses.