4 reasons to be positive about Carolina Panthers long-term future

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Carolina Panthers have potential in the trenches

The hallmark of any good football team aside from having a productive quarterback is strength in the trenches. This has been an ongoing complication for the Carolina Panthers in recent years – especially on offense – but things are definitely looking up in 2022 after solid recruitment and outstanding development from those already on the roster.

Providing defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis and center Bradley Bozeman are extended this offseason, there are very few holes. Perhaps another edge rusher and improved depth would be welcome, but there is plenty of reasons for encouragement about these key areas.

Players such as Ikem Ekwonu, Brian Burns, Derrick Brown, and Brady Christensen are core foundational pieces. When one mixes in Taylor Moton, Austin Corbett, Bozeman, and Ioannidis, it’s not hard to see why the offensive and defensive lines can provide the anchors for a successful future.

David Tepper must realize his time as owner hasn’t been well perceived so far. Therefore, the billionaire has to alter his own approach and allow the football people to make football decisions, taking more of a back seat than he’s done previously.

The spine of the team is in place. If Ioannidis and Bozeman stick around, then expect the Panthers to continue thriving in the trenches long-term.

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