4 Carolina Panthers players who excelled under Steve Wilks in 2022

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  • 2022 stats under Matt Rhule: 0 offensive snaps played, 18 special teams snaps played
  • 2022 stats under Steve Wilks: 679 offensive snaps played, 3 special teams snaps played

Truthfully, any one of our standout offensive linemen deserves recognition for a great season. This was a stark contrast to the inept production across the protection in 2021.

In the brief history of the Carolina Panthers franchise, the big guys up front seem to always have been a step behind whatever talent they had on offense in years past. But in 2022, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

However, Bradley Bozeman gets the nod here simply because he was the one change the Panthers made on the offensive line all season. Following an injury to a much improved Pat Elflein, the former Baltimore Raven shined in his new role as starting center.

Since taking over the job, Bozeman missed zero snaps and committed just three penalties. He ranked No. 6 among centers in the entire NFL with a pass block win rate of 96 percent, which is elite production not seen in Carolina since the great Ryan Kalil manned the center position.

When it comes to off-season priorities, re-signing Bozeman should be relatively near the top of the list. And it’s clear the player wants to remain part of what Steve Wilks or someone else will attempt to build in the coming years.

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