5 critical Carolina Panthers observations at the 2022 midseason point

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Carolina Panthers OL has been magnificent

After a dismal 2021 season, the Carolina Panthers made strengthening their offensive line a top priority this offseason. Something that’s brought incredible improvements in consistency over the first half of the campaign.

The Panthers stuck to their draft board when Ikem Ekwonu fell out of the top five and into their laps at No. 6 overall. It was a rocky start as expected for the former North Carolina State product, but his performance levels in recent weeks have been astonishing and the organization now has a franchise left tackle for the first time since Jordan Gross.

Austin Corbett’s arrival in free agency was a tremendous move by the Panthers. Brady Christensen’s transition to the left guard spot has gone smoothly and right tackle Taylor Moton remains a dominant presence on the edge despite the odd mistake.

Between Pat Elflein and Bradley Bozeman, Carolina’s production at center has also been far better than anything Matt Paradis managed in 2021. Of course, having the personnel means nothing if the coach cannot make an impact, which James Campen has done in no uncertain terms after his appointment earlier this year.

Carolina’s offensive line has been the least of their concerns this season. It’s one of the league’s most improved groups and a sight for sore eyes after so much turmoil.