Found June 17, 2012 on
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Greg Hardy is one of the hidden gems of the Panthers’ team, leading the defensive line in snaps played last season and accumulating 4 sacks, 8 quarterback hits, and 33 quarterback pressures. Hardy’s 8 batted passes also ranked 1st at his position, even ahead of the freakishly long armed Jason Pierre Paul. The 2010 6th round pick played last season at around 280 pounds, but he has reportedly bulked up to 300 pounds this offseason.
According to the Charlotte Observer, GM Marty Hurney says this is all “good weight” and that the organization is fine with him playing at that weight, but 300 pounds is awfully large for a 4-3 defensive end, even if it is muscle. Perhaps the Panthers are planning on having Hardy play defensive tackle in sub packages or using him as a 3-4 defensive end if they chose to run the scheme that Head Coach Ron Rivera actually has his foundation in. We’ll have to see what they do with the now 6-4 300 pounder.
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