Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu also goes by his nickname, “Ickey.” So, we all knew it’d only be a matter of time until he found an opening to break out “The Ickey Shuffle.”
That opening came on Thursday, during the team’s third and final outing of mandatory minicamp at Bank of America Stadium. During some red zone work, the 2022 sixth overall pick flashed a bit of that athleticism the organization drafted him for—just not how you might think he would . . .
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Ekwonu, of course, was asked about his touchdown catch when speaking with reporters following practice. He stated, quite humbly, it was all a matter of just doing what he had to do.
“Yeah, I was just doin’ my job,” Ekwonu said. “Had to reach a little bit. Reach by the guy, kinda make him think I was just blockin’ him. Then last second, kinda release for a route. I knew Sam was gonna put it on the money, so I just had to catch it and I’m glad I was able to do my job.”
Although his this type of job may not come along too often for the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder, he’s probably going to make Ickey Woods proud of those moves regardless.