Carolina Panthers OL starting to take shape
After chopping and changing the offensive line throughout a large portion of the team’s training camp, things looked a little more settled on Monday. The Carolina Panthers implemented most of what should be the starting lineup in Week 1, with Ikem Ekwonu taking plenty of reps at left tackle and Brady Christensen occupying the spot alongside him on the interior.
The right-hand side looks set with Austin Corbett and Taylor Moton. There was some bemusement about Pat Elflein continuing to get starting reps at the center position, which saw free-agent signing Bradley Bozeman working with the second unit as he continues to adjust to new surroundings.
Although Elflein looked far better at center last season than he’s ever done at guard, it would be a massive shock if Bozeman wasn’t snapping the football to Baker Mayfield when competitive games commence.
Ekwonu is getting a crash course in what to expect throughout his rookie season from Brian Burns, one of the most dynamic edge rushers in the league. The defensive end beat him twice with separate spin moves throughout the session, which is a fantastic learning curve for the North Carolina State product ahead of some tough challenges in 2022.
All signs point to Carolina’s protection being much improved next season. Hopefully, the first-team unit can generate enough continuity in the coming weeks to hit the ground running.