Defensive tackle Ron Edwards arrived at Carolina Panthers training camp with one thing on his mind: ''I just wanted to hit something.''
You can't blame him.
Edwards' first season in Carolina lasted all of about two-and-a-half hours. He tore his triceps in Carolina's first training camp practice last summer. The Panthers quickly placed him on injured reserve, ending his 2011 season.
Now healthy, the Panthers are counting on Edwards to bounce back this year and be a key ingredient on defense.
The 12-year NFL veteran will be asked to take on double teams up front and allow the linebackers to run to the football. It's a thankless job, but his teammates realize just how important it is to have the 325-pound space eater on the field.