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Panthers' OTA takeaways: Xavier Legette sits; Ikem Ekwonu in 'great system' for tackles

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From the moment the Carolina Panthers’ new coach arrived in Charlotte, the focus has been on what he can do for the team’s quarterback. However, there’s another key player on the offensive line who could benefit from the coach’s arrival - left tackle Ikem Ekwonu. Ekwonu had a tough season in 2023, but with the new coach’s system, there is hope for a bounce-back season. Canales’ run-heavy system and focus on the rushing attack could help improve Ekwonu’s pass-blocking and overall performance. Ekwonu acknowledges that he could have done more last season and is seeking to make improvements this year. Establishing a strong running game early on will be crucial for the Panthers’ success.