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Could Carolina Panthers’ Brady Christen improve in second NFL season?


The eyes of many NFL observers might be on former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson this fall to see if he could make big improvements in his second season with the Recent York Jets after a reasonably tough rookie 12 months.

But earlier this week, Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus writing for ESPN identified one other former Cougar entering his second season as a player who could have a breakout campaign in 2022. That might be Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Brady Christensen, who was the seventieth pick within the 2021 draft (Wilson was taken second overall).

On Renner’s list of 15 players, Christensen got here in at No. 14. Perhaps it should come as little surprise, as he was a favourite of PFF’s coming out of school.

“The Panthers’ coaching staff did Christensen’s development no favors last season,” Renner wrote. “After lining up at left tackle for two,490 of his 2,522 profession snaps at BYU, Christensen played 4 different positions for Carolina as a rookie. You would possibly not be surprised to seek out out that he earned a 69.2 overall grade at left tackle and a 46.5 overall mark when lined up elsewhere.

“After the team’s offseason additions of Ikem Ekwonu, Bradley Bozeman and Austin Corbett to the offensive line, Christensen finally gets to focus his attention to at least one spot: left guard. Expect to see a way more consistent player due to it.”

Although Wilson was not formally on the list, he’ll impact the third player listed on it: Jets receiver Elijah Moore, the thirty fourth player taken in 2021.

“Flip on the tape, and it’s clear Moore can get open,” Renner wrote. “Fellow rookie Zach Wilson simply couldn’t find him in rhythm enough. For the opposite Jets quarterbacks who filled in when Wilson went down for 4 weeks with a posterior cruciate ligament injury, finding Moore wasn’t an issue.”

Renner continued, “While that obviously means Moore’s breakout hinges heavily on Wilson showing considerably improved mastery of the offense in Yr 2, it also means the breakout is imminent if Wilson does make that leap.”

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the primary pick within the 2021 draft ahead of Wilson, topped Renner’s list.

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