Who has the best defensive ends in the NFC South?

In modern football the most important players on the field are in some order: the quarterback (definitely the most important), offensive line and the pass rushers. And historically the best pass rushers are officially known as defensive ends. Interestingly, in the NFC South, very few of the best pass rushers, though, are defensive ends. The Falcons’ best pass rusher in 2015 figures...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Power Rankings: How Good are the Panthers?

Once a month, TopSportsReport releases an NFL power rankings article.  Our power rankings serve as a way to measure where each NFL team’s talent level is in relation to the others.  We have just released the June edition of our NFL power rankings article. To find out where Devereaux Frazier ranks Cam Newton, Charles Johnson, Luke Kuechly and the Carolina Panthers, click the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Panthers Defense?

View image | The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Could the Carolina Panthers Trade Up in the 2014 Draft?

With exactly three weeks to go until the annual NFL Draft, teams are finishing up their prospect visits and workouts, putting the finishing touches on their big boards and possibly discussing draft day strategy. The Carolina Panthers are no different.One potential move Carolina could make is to trade up. The team has nine selections in the draft after being awarded two compensatory...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson calls out Alan Ball for not signing with the Carolina Panthers

A couple of weeks ago we passed along a report that said free agent cornerback Alan Ball was signing with the Carolina Panthers. As it turns out those reports were premature and yesterday Ball wound up signing with the Chicago Bears. The decision was a confusing one on a number of fronts and a lot of Panthers fans are not too happy about it, and they’re not the only ones… AROUND...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys Get Their Guy in Former Carolina Sack Machine Greg Hardy

Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is sacked by Greg Hardy #76 and Charles Johnson #95 of the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mandatory Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy signed a one-year deal Wednesday afternoon with the Dallas Cowboys. A team that desperately needed a premier...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Carolina Panthers Have the Best Defense in the NFL?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write a defensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss each teams’ current...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson needs to take a big time pay cut

After leading his team to a third-consecutive AFC West title, a 12-4 record and the No. 2 seed in the conference, Peyton Manning was asked to take a pay cut; that’s a huge piece of humble pie for a quarterback who is 38-10 since taking over in Denver. But the Broncos needed salary cap help, so their highest-paid player was the leading candidate to provide them some much-needed...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Carolina Panthers Season Evaluations: Defensive Line

They call themselves "Monsterz Inc." They come in all different shapes and sizes, but all of them are big, fast and intimidating. They’re the strength of the Carolina Panthers: the defensive line.Led by Greg Hardy, the man they call “The Kraken,” the defensive line helped Carolina lead the NFL in sacks with 60 in 2013. Hardy spearheaded the onslaught on opposing quarterbacks...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers Free Agency: Defensive Line

A giant cloud of confusion and doubt is over the entire relationship between the Panthers and former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy this offseason.On July 15th, Hardy was given a guilty verdict by a Mecklenburg County judge. He has since appealed and his jury trial will start on Feb. 9. He is set to become a free agent on March 10.Hardy has told several players that he wants to...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Panthers Primer: Divisional Round vs. Seahawks

Postseason Divisional Round: (4) Carolina Panthers (8-8-1) vs. (1) Seattle Seahawks (12-4)Saturday, January 10th, 2015CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WATime: 8:15 PM ETTV: FOXWeather: (Cloudy) 45° F with 20% chance of precipitation and 5 MPH winds at kickoffLast Week’s Results:Carolina- Win vs. Arizona Cardinals (27-16)Seattle- ByeInjury Report:Carolina-Questionable: Philly Brown...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Panthers Handle Cardinals, Move to Divisional Round

For the first time since 2005, the Carolina Panthers have won a playoff game.After going up 10-0 early, a pair of turnovers gave the Cardinals two touchdowns to go up 14-10. Graham Gano's second field goal made it a 14-13 game at halftime.The Panthers opened the second half perfectly. A screen pass to Fozzy Whittaker went for 39 yards and a touchdown to make it a 20-14 game. On the...
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January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Defensive resurgence keys playoff-bound Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are back in the playoffs, thanks in large part to the resurgence of their defense. The Panthers clinched the NFC South with a 34-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, a win punctuated by a pair of interception returns for touchdowns by safeties Roman Harper and Tre Boston. They'll host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in an NFC...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Week 15 Review: Fantasy Crib Notes

Chris Johnson’s lackluster outing against his former team was one of several fantasy disappointments this weekend (Photo: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images). When you’re tasked with assessing the relative value of some 400 players on a weekly basis, you make a lot of mistakes. In general though, I’ve done well enough that the big mistakes have been few and far between this season...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Adrian Peterson, Broncos, Panthers, Texans, & Vikings

Adrian Peterson Pro Football Talk is reporting that there has been no settlement in Adrian Peterson‘s appeal, and the hearing has resumed. Broncos Rookie WR Cody Latimer left Thursday’s practice with concussion-like symptoms. (Andrew Mason) Panthers HC Ron Rivera said that they have all but ruled out RB DeAngelo Williams and G Amini Silatolu for Week 14’s game...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers-Saints Capsule

CAROLINA (3-8-1) at NEW ORLEANS (5-7) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE - New Orleans by 9 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 5-7, New Orleans 5-7 SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 20-19 LAST MEETING - Saints beat Panthers 28-10, Oct. 30, 2014 LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Vikings 31-13; Saints beat Steelers 35-32 AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 25, Saints No. 20 PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 14 Wide Receivers

Welcome to Wide Receiver Wednesday at the Daily Fix! Each Wednesday of the NFL regular season @RyNoonan will provide you with several receiving options that are strong plays that week at DraftKings. Monday through Friday the Fix writers will provide you with a Daily Fix that covers each position, with a weekly roundup on Friday. Not into the ‘Daily‘ thing yet? Let’s talk....
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings report card: Special teams makes big plays

Which team was fighting for a playoff berth Sunday in Minnesota? It wasn't the team that looked better prepared and started fast. The Minnesota Vikings entered the day three games out of a Wild Card spot and four games away from the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers with five games to play. The Carolina Panthers were inexplicably a half-game out in the NFC South with a 3-7-1 record...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Lotulelei out, Johnson in for Panthers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is out for the second straight game with an ankle injury. Lotulelei was originally expected back after the team's bye week. Defensive end Charles Johnson is active for the game at Minnesota, though. He was listed as questionable with an illness. Fullback Mike Tolbert returns to the lineup, too, after an eight-game...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Injury Report: Mike Tolbert, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei

The 3-7-1 Panthers face the Minnesota Vikings today, as they fight for a playoff spot in the NFC South. They'll do this with RB/FB Mike Tolbert (knee) potentially returning, albeit without star defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (ankle) and maybe fellow lineman Charles Johnson (illness) #455934444 / RB/FB Mike Tolbert practiced in full all week and is set to...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 13 Gold Mine

Jarvis LandrySource: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America Thanksgiving, the time of the year to give and receive thanks. Family, friends, food and football, the four “f’s” on turkey day that can make anyone excited for the holidays to come. As we have been accustomed to for a few years now, Thanksgiving also brings us three games on Thursday with the Lions and the Cowboys...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 13 bullet points for WR/TEs

Our bullet point articles are written to help better explain our weekly rankings, which you can find here. Start of the Week DeAndre Hopkins v. Tennessee Titans #20 Weekly Rankings Hopkins owners were probably starting to get a little bit nervous about the talented second year wide receiver, but this is the week I expect him to bounce back. After a torn pectoral muscle landed...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football Daily Fix: Week 13 Wide Receivers

Welcome to Wide Receiver Wednesday at the Daily Fix! Each Wednesday of the NFL regular season @RyNoonan will provide you with several receiving options that are strong plays that week at DraftKings. Monday through Friday the Fix writers will provide you with a Daily Fix that covers each position, with a weekly roundup on Friday. Not into the ‘Daily‘ thing yet? Let’s talk....
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Hall's Nov. 26 Vikings mailbag

The Minnesota Vikings were disappointed with last week's 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The fans seem to appreciate slowing Green Bay's offense and coming close in the rivalry game. There was far less vitriol than following the previous week's loss at Chicago. When it comes to asking for players or coaches to lose their jobs, there was only one target this week -- left tackle...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the NFC North: Week 7

Three of the four NFC North teams are at home this week, including the Green Bay Packers, who pulled out a dazzling comeback win on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.  The Packers welcome the Carolina Panthers this week.  The Chicago Bears got back on track with a win over the Atlanta Falcons and will host the Dolphins.  The Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings and will host...
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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