Carolina Panthers 2022 end of season superlatives: Who made the cut?

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  • Honorable Mention: D’Onta Foreman, D.J. Moore, Chuba Hubbard.

Words can’t describe how happy and relieved I am that the Carolina Panthers finally have a good offensive line. Ikem Ekwonu, Brady Christensen, Bradley Bozeman, Austin Corbett, and Taylor Moton produced one of the best seasons by any unit in franchise history.

The Panthers allowed 36 sacks this season, which was the 11th-fewest anywhere in the league. This represents a massive improvement after allowing the fifth most sacks in 2021. The team also ranked No. 10 in rush yards to further enhance their influence.

With the revolving door at quarterback, in-season trades of key players, and coaching changes, the only addendum to the front line was Bradley Bozeman replacing an injured Pat Elflein. This group gave the team extra versatility to lean heavily on the run game late in the season.

According to ESPN, the 2022 rendition of the Panthers’ offensive line ranked No. 11 in pass block win rate at 62 percent, and No. 15 in run block win rate at 72%. In 2021, the crew ranked No. 29 and No. 26 respectively.

I started to give this award to running back D’Onta Foreman, who was more than deserving. But the stability of the line and consistency all season long, in addition to being the best unit the Panthers have had in years gave them the advantage.

Everything about this group just feels right.