4 offseason moves already paying off for the Carolina Panthers in 2022
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers OL revamp
General manager Scott Fitterer made no secret of his desire to completely revamp the offensive line this offseason. It’s been an area of lackluster production and real concern over the last two years, but a strong period of recruitment’s come with some notable strides through the early stages in 2022.
Not only did the Carolina Panthers bolster problem positions with good signings, but the presence of offensive line coach James Campen is something else that’s been a significant asset to date. The veteran coach is one of the best around and has got this unit on the same page quickly despite some chopping and changing to the starting lineup throughout training camp.
Carolina’s consistency on the interior is especially pleasing. Brady Christensen looks the part at left guard, Austin Corbett’s wasted no time in making an impact on the right-hand side, with Pat Elflein’s form also taking a hugely positive step forward at the center position to keep Bradley Bozeman on the sidelines.
Taylor Moton is no problem at right tackle. Rookie Ikem Ekwonu is going through some growing pains as expected, but the No. 6 overall selection is coming on with every passing week and remains a player with franchise cornerstone potential if improvements keep coming.
The offense hasn’t clicked as yet. However, one cannot place much blame on the offensive line, which is a refreshing change.