4 burning questions Carolina Panthers fans are asking ahead of Week 17

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Where Carolina Panthers OL stands among the league’s best

Where do we stand on offensive line rankings? – Austin

Great question, Austin. It’s crazy to believe that the Carolina Panthers had a bottom-five offensive line this time last season. The improvements made in the offseason are something that isn’t discussed enough among the national media.

Scott Fitterer – or Matt Rhule – worked to revamp the protection, signing Bradley Bozeman and Austin Corbett, and drafting left tackle Ikem Ekwonu. The hiring of offensive line coach James Campen was the icing on the cake.

Through 16 games, this front five has been one of the most improved units in the league. How do they stack up to the rest of the NFL, though?

I believe the Panthers have a top 8-10 unit up front. This is a group that will maul you in the run game and stays disciplined in pass protection. The communication at the line of scrimmage is worlds better than in 2021, too.

I don’t believe this group is on the level of elite lines such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. Those are the gold standard for what a good offensive line is supposed to look like.

The biggest thing is that there is continuity with Carolina’s front. This group has had just one change all season when Pat Elflein was placed on injured/reserve, which allowed Bozeman to come in and thrive.

Another season together could see this group being one of the best overall offensive lines in the NFL. Congratulations, Panthers fans. Your team finally has a unit to be proud of after so long.

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