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Panthers’ Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line

Part 6 of a position-by-position Panthers’ training camp preview. Who’s a lock, who will be in a battle and who’s a long shot?

With Greg Hardy in Dallas (see you on Thanksgiving, Greg), a pass- rushing partner for defensive end Charles Johnson remains up for grabs. Looking for someone to stand out among Frank Alexander, Kony Ealy, Wes Horton, and Mario Addison will be the most interesting camp battle on a line that has more than half of its roster spots decided.

PositionNameYearGames/StartsAgeHeightWeight
DEMario Addison551/3276-3260
DEFrank Alexander329/6256-4270
DERakim Cox30246-4260
DEKony Ealy115/0236-4275
DEWes Horton326/15256-5270
DECharles Johnson9109/81286-2282
DEArthur MileyR0226-6265
DESteve MillerR0236-3260
DTChas Alecxih10266-4295
DTColin Cole11115/57356-2325
DTDwan Edwards12124/64346-3305
DTStar Lotulelei330/29256-2320
DTKyle Love443/25286-1315
DTTerry ReddenR0216-2295
DTMicanor Regis10256-3330
DTKawann Short332/9266-3315

Locked In

Johnson, Alexander, Horton, Ealy, Addison, Dwan Edwards, Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Colin ColeThrough 15 games, the postseason and this spring, the Panthers are still waiting for someone to emerge from the group of Alexander, Ealy, Horton and Addison. If there’s a favorite, it’s Alexander. Ealy, who flashed at the end of his rookie year with three sacks in as many games, also has a shot. But when camp kicks off, this will be a platoon situation.On the inside, Lotulelei, Short, Edwards, and Cole give the Panthers arguably the deepest rotation in the league.

Facing a Fight

Kyle Love, Micanor RegisLove’s experience, including two seasons as a starter with the Patriots, should help him earn a spot on the final roster. But Regis, who had a good spring, could push love through camp.

Long Shots

Chas Alecxih, Terry Redden, Rakim Cox, Steve Miller, Arthur MileyMt. Everest-level climbs are ahead for these guys. The ends (Cox, Miller, and Miley) could just be fighting for a spot on the practice squad.


Coming Thursday: Linebackers

Part 1: Running backs

Part 2: Tight ends

Part 3: Quarterbacks

Part 4: Wide receivers

Part 5: Offensive line

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2 thoughts on “Panthers’ Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line”

  1. The roster crunch may limit the Panthers to carrying only 9 D-Linemen, but with the age of Cole and Edwards, they really need a 5th DT, most likely Love, if they can fit him in.

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