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Washington’ Brings A Physical Mentality To Panthers Defense

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Eric Washington, the new Panthers defensive coordinator, prides himself in physical aggressive defense that has guided Carolina’s front four to being one of the most productive units in the NFL since Washington arrived in 2012.
The Panthers defensive line has produced more sacks than any other defensive line in football since 2012. (219.0) The Panthers were third in sacks in 2017, second in 2016, and first in 2013. They have been in the top 10 for total sacks in five of the past six seasons.
The Panthers are a defensive-oriented team and they haven’t just excelled at getting to the quarterback, but have also been excellent at stopping the run. The Panthers run-defense has finished in the top six in the NFL four of the past 6 years, including the number 3 ranking in 2017 and the number two rush-defense in 2013. Carolina has produced a top 10 overall defense in five of the past 6 seasons.
The Panthers defensive line is also backed up by some outstanding linebackers. Keuchly, Davis and Thompson are one of the very best units in the NFL. Having a defensive line that can free up the backers and let them run free and make tackles are exactly what you want in a defensive line. Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, the Panthers defensive tackles, are one of the best duos in the league and are excellent at stopping the run.
The strength of this Panthers defense is the front seven, and it would not be what it has been the last few years without Eric Washington’s development and physical mindset that he instills in his players.
Washington and his defensive lines have always prided themselves on their ability to stop the run and rush the passer. Washington is a coach that gets the most out of his players and brings the intensity and attention to detail needed to be successful in the NFL.
Much of the Panthers success on defense the last few years can be reflected back to Washington, the man behind the curtains.
Washington will lead a talented, stout Carolina defense into the 2018 season.

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Panthers Sign Chris Clark

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The Carolina Panthers have signed tackle Chris Clark, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Jourdan Rodrigue.

The move to sign Clark comes in the aftermath of the Panthers placing starting right tackle Daryl Williams on injured reserve, after he was injured during their Week 1 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Clark spent the last three seasons playing for the Houston Texans, starting 26 games during that span.

 

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Panthers’ Greg Olsen To Return In A “Few Weeks”

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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who suffered a fracture in his foot earlier this week, says that he plans to rest his foot for a “few weeks” before returning to play out the rest of the season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It’s quite the reverse in fortune for both Olsen and the Panthers, who were facing the prospect of Olsen missing the majority, if not all, of the 2018 regular season, but Olsen is holding off on surgery until after the season to help get back to the field sooner.

 

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Panthers’ Greg Olsen Suffers Foot Fracture

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Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen will miss extensive time due to a foot fracture he suffered during Sunday’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, his second foot fracture in the past two seasons, according to a team announcement.

Olsen will be evaluated on a monthly basis and there are currently no plans for the veteran to undergo surgery. Olsen missed 9 games last season with a fracture to the same foot.

With Olsen on the shelf, the Panthers’ decision to let Ed Dickson walk in free agency looms larger as they only have rookie Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz in position to fill in as Olsen recovers from injury.

 

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