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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2 days ago  |  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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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers will have fierce defense, running game in ’14

The talent is definitely there for the Carolina Panthers on D. However, it seems that everyone else in the NFC NASCAR division improved, or at least they addressed their weaknesses this offseason. The Panthers tried but got worse. The Atlanta Falcons should leapfrog Carolina this year. And the Saints are a notch or two above both of the teams. That said, I would not be surprised...
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3 days ago  |  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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25 days ago  |  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

What was the best and worst draft pick the Carolina Panthers made this year?

Let me open by saying I was not a huge fan of the Carolina Panthers draft. Maybe I’m just a pessimist, but I thought they could have made some different selections at various points in the draft, namely, a left tackle. Still, I will try and look past that at find the best pick in this class. With their first two picks, they went with Kelvin Benjamin, the hulking receiver from Florida...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Reacting to the draft and Greg Hardy’s potentially devastating arrest

We thought it was going to be a slow week for the Carolina Panthers. We’d react to the 2014 NFL Draft and what Carolina did. Then Greg Hardy got arrested and things do not look good for him. There were members of the national media that thought Carolina would take a dip before that arrest. Of course, there was a good chance neither he nor Charles Johnson would still be with...
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May 17, 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

Grading the Carolina Panthers’ draft class

The Carolina Panthers just completed their annual acquisition of a bunch of players that have yet to play an NFL snap. It’s too early to tell which, if any, of Carolina’s draft picks will pan out but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to try any way. So without further ado, here are the grades for the Carolina Panthers’ 2014 draft class: -First Round, Wide Receiver Kelvin...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 Worst Contract Situations in the NFC South

The NFL salary cap, which this year stands at $133million makes free agency and contract negotiations all the more exciting, as managers look to bolster their team’s playoff aspirations without hindering their long term vision. Below is a list of the worst contracts in the NFC South which have left fans scratching their heads wondering how something so promising went so horribly...
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May 04, 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

49ers-Panthers Playoff Live Blog, Second Half

Lots of sad FOX injury music early in this one. Charles Johnson blew up Frank Gore on opening play but was immediately shaken up. Michael Crabtree was injured on the second play after a short gain. Just as it looked like the 49ers opening drive, would sputter out quickly, Kaepernick hit Quinton Patton for 23 yards. On a following third down, Kaep initially tucked the ball in and...
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January 12, 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...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson expected to play this week against the Saints

    According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer,  Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (knee) is expected to play in this week’s against the Saints. Barring a setback, I'm told #Panthers DE Charles Johnson will be back vs. #Saints. Probably could've played last wk, didn't want to risk it. — Joe Person (@josephperson) December...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson says he'll play vs. Saints

Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson's sprained knee isn't yet 100 percent, but Johnson expects to play Sunday against New Orleans. "I'm still building up to (100 percent), but I'll be good to go on Sunday," Johnson said Wednesday. "It's feeling good. It's getting stronger. I'm just ready for Sunday." Johnson missed two games with...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson Expected To Return vs. Saints

Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson will return from a sprained MCL Sunday night against New Orleans. SOURCE: Joe Person, Charlotte ObserverFantasy Spin:The Panthers' vaunted defense didn't miss a beat without him. A win over the Saints would put Carolina in great position to secure a first round bye.
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers' Charles Johnson expects to play Sunday

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson hasn't been able to play for the last two weeks, after he suffered a sprained MCL against the Patriots in Week 11. Via his Twitter, Johnson expressed a belief that this week, when the Panthers travel to New Orleans, will be the week he is able to rejoin his teammates on the field.Great game! Who's ready for the Sunday night...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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