Point Blank’s NFL Games of the Week: Week 2

Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers DET: Strengths – Electric offense headlined with the best WR in football (Calvin Johnson). Defense that played very well in week 1. Weaknesses – Rushing attack left something to be desired in week 1. Offensive line hobbled by a myriad of injuries. Secondary beat up as well. CAR: Strengths – QB Cam Newton is healthy and will play after missing...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Five one-on-one matchups to watch in Week 2

The NFL is a game of matchups. If your cornerback can’t cover my wide receiver, it’s going to be a long day for you. That is, unless you do something about it or my offensive tackle can’t block your edge rusher. Then I have to do something. Coaches will scheme and plan as much as they can, and then on Sunday it comes down to players executing their assignments, playing sound...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers restructure DE Charles Johnson contract; Free Up 5 million

Today the Carolina Panthers made a move to free up 5 million dollars in cap space.  This move was not expected, but what a great move for the team.  Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers have restructured the contract of DE Charles Johnson to free up some extra cap space. According to […] The post Panthers restructure DE Charles Johnson contract; Free...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers Restructure DE Charles Johnson’s Contract, Free Up $5M In Cap Space

  Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers have restructured the contract of DE Charles Johnson to free up some extra cap space. According to Person, Carolina dropped his base salary to $950,000 and converted the remaining $7.8 million to a signing bonus that is prorated over the remainder of the contract. This move frees up $5.2 million in available...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson expects to play vs. Chiefs

When Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson tweeted he made it through his eighth NFL training camp, his teammates and coaches had some good-natured ribbing for him. “And the guys said, ‘Oh you missed half of it,’” coach Ron Rivera said. Johnson returned to practice Thursday after recovering from a hamstring strain suffered at training camp in Spartanburg. Johnson...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Think They Can Break All-Time Sack Record

The Carolina Panthers defense can get after the passer with the best of them, but this season the goal is to do it better than any franchise ever has in a single season.  Carolina led the league in sacks last year with 60.  Defensive tackle Colin Cole believes this season that they can shatter the all-time record of 72 set by the 1984 Bears. “The goal is to surpass that and get...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Gone Camping: Who is this Philly Brown kid that’s turning heads?

It’s time for another Carolina Panthers’ training camp update. There was a lot of news from Wednesday’s practice to talk about, including the status of some key players for Friday’s preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills. That and more in Gone Camping: Cam very active today. Ran onto field, danced before stretching, jogged after breaking the huddle #PanthersTC — Jonathan...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers defense ranked 4th best in NFL…

… In fantasy that is, but maybe in real life as well. With training camps underway, the NFL season is right around the corner. And that can only mean one thing: Fantasy football drafts are about to start happening. In order to get a jump on the competition, it’s never to early to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking each position, with...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers’ Charles Johnson named top-10 underrated player in the NFL

Last week, I provided my annual list of the 10 most overrated players in the NFL. As expected, it caused an uproar, mostly from people who can’t take off their team-colored glasses and deal with the truth. For a good time, read the “Comments” section below the article; it’s pure gold and classic examples of denial. In the spirit of showing that it’s not all negative on...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson of the Carolina Panthers has been one of the most dominating defensive players in the NFL the last few years. Let's take a look at him when he was truly a man among boys at Hawkinsville High School in Georgia.
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers sign center Fernando Velasco

The Panthers have huge questions at offensive tackle entering training camp, but they added a little depth in the middle of the line Wednesday. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the Panthers have signed center Fernando Velasco. Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson sent out a photo of his former Georgia teammate at the stadium today.
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Sign Veteran C Fernando Velasco

  According to Panthers DE Charles Johnson, veteran C Fernando Velasco has signed a contract with Carolina on Wednesday. Velasco, 29, has found much interest as a free agent, although his name came up as a speculative option for the Dolphins after they lost Mike Pouncey for the season. Last year, he signed on with the Steelers and would go on to appear in 11 games for them before...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers DEs Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson named top-15 in NFL

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 defensive ends in the NFL today, there were some people angry about their favorite team’s top pass rusher not making the list. It made for a bit of spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. And it also begged another question: How close was Mr. Irate Fan’s DE to making the list? To provide an answer, the editors...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: The (defensive) end of the (offensive) line

Minicamp is over for the Carolina Panthers and the NFL and now begins the wait for the start of training camp and with it the start of the new NFL season. In past years the wait would seem like forever as NFL teams entered into oblivion until mid-July, hidden behind doubleheaders, warming divisional races and the mid-summer classic. That’s not the case anymore. The “boys of summer”...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Johnson wants out of Houston — could Carolina be a destination?

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson wants out — at least that’s what he’s saying. Johnson doesn’t plan to attend any of the team’s offseason activities and made some comments to the Houston Chronicle that should concern Texans fans. “I just look at my career…I’ve only been to the playoffs twice. I think we’ve only had three winning seasons. I don’t think...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

National Rewind: Did the Carolina Panthers draft any of the 10 biggest gems or busts?

With the draft completed it’s time to re-visit the best stories from the cover32 universe this past week to help pass the time before training camp arrives. National Columns - POWER RANKINGS: Grading the reliability of each NFL team’s front office. (READ) - The 10 dumbest answers from Roger Goodell during his Twitter Q&A. (READ) - Ten players who will ultimately be the class...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

How drafting Kony Ealy affects the future of Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy in Carolina

As the 2014 NFL Draft positions itself in the rearview mirror, it’s time to analyze the results. We can give grades out to draft classes all we want, but at this point, it’s impossible to say anything concrete about the quality of the players selected. However, by looking at who the Carolina Panthers selected, we can get a read on what Dave Gettleman and Ron Rivera think about...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers take a chance on dominant Canadian defensive end

The Carolina Panthers, already loaded at defensive end with Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, and Frank Alexander, have gone north of the border to try and further beef up the depth chart. On Friday, Carolina signed Alex Hall, who had 15 sacks in the Canadian Football League last year and is a Grey Cup champion. The 28-year old Hall played three NFL seasons from 2008-2010 mostly with...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: Man names dogs after Panthers players

We reported earlier on Tuesday that the Carolina Panthers will have close to $30 million this season invested in defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Hopefully this Panthers fan didn’t spend that much on his two new dogs, which he named after the dynamic defensive end duo. my new Mastiff foster pups. I've named them "CJ" & "Kraken" @randywattson...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Greg Hardy Looking To Best Charles Johnson’s Six-Year, $78M Contract?

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that Panthers impending free agent DE Greg Hardy will be targeting a deal that would surpass the six-year, $78 million contract Panthers signed Charles Johnson to a few years ago. Hardy has previously mentioned that he’s looking for a “crapload of money,” and given that he is set to be one of the best available players at a premium...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers: Greg Hardy wants contract bigger than Charles Johnson

Greg Hardy is the best pass rusher available in free agency and he wants to be paid that way reports Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. Hardy, 26, wants a bigger contract than the one that the Carolina Panthers gave Charles Johnson in 2011. Johnson landed a six-year deal worth $78 million, of which $32 million was guaranteed. While the Panthers could place the franchise tag...
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers DE Johnson will start against Jets

Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson will start Sunday against the New York Jets. Johnson, who leads the Panthers in sacks this season, was added to the injury report Saturday as questionable after developing an illness. Inactive for the Panthers are: running back Jonathan Stewart, wide receivers Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt, offensive tackle Travis Bond, defensive end Wes...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers DE Charles Johnson downgraded to questionable with flu

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Carolina Panthers have downgraded DE Charles Johnson on the injury report to questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets. Johnson has has flu-like symptoms, however, he is expected to play. Johnson didn't play in wins over the Dolphins and Buccaneers, but returned last week against the Saints.
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers injury report: DeAngelo Williams, Charles Johnson

The Panthers haven't lost since October 6 and they should be getting a few key pieces back this week, as they travel to New Orleans for a huge Sunday Night Football showdown for first place in the NFC South.The bad news for the Panthers is there are eleven players ailing this week. The good news is nine of them are considered probable to play Sunday night.DeAngelo Williams missed...
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December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers' Charles Johnson, DeAngelo Williams practice in full

On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers released word that defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams were back at practice. However both players were limited.DE Charles Johnson and RB DeAngelo Williams are participating in practice for the second straight day.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 5, 2013On Friday, the pair of Panthers got another boost when...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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