Bridgewater on Charles Johnson: “He’s going to be big for us”

Mike Wallace is the most recognizable Minnesota Vikings receiver, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater believes a little-known target out of Grand Valley State is going to make a big impact. Charles Johnson, who tallied four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, received a healthy bit of praise from Bridgewater....
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers Position Preview: Defensive Line

This article projects the outlook for the Carolina Panthers’ defensive line for the 2015 season. Who will be the starters? How will the unit perform? What are the biggest concerns for the unit? What we know Collectively, the Carolina Panthers’ defensive unit is one of the best in the NFL. But rather than consistently enhance the defense as a whole, the defensive line often...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers DE Johnson Leaves Practice with Sore Calf

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was carted off the field on Monday during training camp, according to multiple accounts. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters Johnson felt soreness in his left calf, the same issue that has kept him inactive for the last week.The ninth-year end returned to the practice field this afternoon after sitting out Carolina’s preseason opener...
Via Pro Football Spot
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson has his eyes set on becoming a world-class golfer

Charles Johnson returns for his ninth season with the Carolina Panthers as the go-to and most reliable defensive end. During preseason press conferences, Johnson fans got to learn more about the Georgia native, as he revealed some surprising things about himself. Most importantly, he is an avid golfer and wants to take his game to the next level. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches and 282...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson on Greg Hardy: 'I miss him'

With Greg Hardy now long gone and spending training camp with his new team, the Dallas Cowboys, not many Panthers are talking about him. One who is? Charles Johnson. According to David Newton of ESPN, Johnson has no problem admitting that he misses his former teammates. "I don't ask him nothing about his team or anything," Johnson told ESPN during lunch on Sunday. "I ask him about...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers DE Johnson carted off field early with ankle injury

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was carted off the practice field with a left ankle injury. Coach Ron Rivera didn't know the specifics, but said Sunday that he doesn't believe the injury is serious. Rivera says ''until they get a chance to take a look I really couldn't tell you what it was.'' Johnson is the team's top pass rusher and a key cog in a...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFC South Positional Groups: Defensive Line/Pass Rushers

Some of the players listed as outside linebackers don’t do very much in the way playing the linebacker position, so primary pass rushers will be grouped with the defensive line. #1 Carolina: A big reason for the success of the Panther’s defense has been the guys upfront. The combination of Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short is one of the best in the league. Charles Johnson is...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Charles Johnson rewarded with key to his hometown

Charles Johnson has done some great things in the community, and he's receiving some well-deserved recognition according to"Johnson was awarded the key to the city during his fourth annual Sports Academy & Community Weekend recently held at Hawkinsville High School. During the free camp, Johnson rewarded a pair of students with $20,000 scholarships from the Charles...
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July 14, 2015  |  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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June 24, 2015  |  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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September 13, 2014  |  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...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Carolina Panthers break the single-season sack record?

In 2013, the Carolina Panthers became only the third team this century to record 60 team sacks in a season. Now, defensive tackle Colin Cole is thinking that they can make a run at the all-time record of 72, which is held by the 1984 Chicago Bears. “The goal is to surpass that and get up there with the big dogs of the past years,” Cole said, according to’s David Newton...
Via This Given Sunday
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Carolina Panthers break the single-season sack record?

In 2013, the Carolina Panthers became only the third team this century to record 60 team sacks in a season. Now, defensive tackle Colin Cole is thinking that they can make a run at the all-time record of 72, which is held by the 1984 Chicago Bears. “The goal is to surpass that and get up there with the big dogs of the past years,” Cole said, according to’s David Newton...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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