Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Hardy supplying Panthers with needed production, swagger

About the Author

Dan Parr
Associate editor

Recent posts by Dan Parr

Kuechly wins PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:06 p.m.

Are White-Jones NFL's best WR tandem?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Related Stories

SS Moore is staying with the Falcons

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m.

Panthers release CB Gamble

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 12:49 p.m.

Carolina Panthers: 2013 team needs

Posted March 05, 2013 @ 11:27 a.m.

Panthers cut DT Edwards

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m.

Gettleman: Panthers could keep Williams, Stewart

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 1:08 p.m.

Panthers to begin renovation after 2013 season

Posted Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:33 p.m.

Panthers add DT Cole

Posted Feb. 08, 2013 @ 12:34 p.m.

Ranking the NFL divisions for 2013

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m.

Panthers promote Shula to offensive coordinator

Posted Jan. 18, 2013 @ 4:38 p.m.

Panthers must tackle big defensive need inside

Posted Jan. 17, 2013 @ 6:39 p.m.
Posted Dec. 17, 2012 @ 5:04 p.m. ET
By Dan Parr

For much of the past decade, the Panthers’ pass rush has been a one-man show. DE Greg Hardy has not allowed that to be the case this season, though.

Hardy has blossomed into more than just a complementary pass rusher in his third season — in Week 15, he became the first Panthers player not named Julius Peppers or Charles Johnson to record double-digit sacks in a season since 2003.

Hardy, who had a combined seven sacks in his first two seasons, leads Carolina with 11 sacks. Johnson is a close second with 10½. Hardy has been productive rushing off the edge and the interior — he lines up at defensive tackle in certain packages.

He is versatile, and he brings a swagger that head coach Ron Rivera has welcomed, we hear. Hardy made news earlier this month when he said the Panthers, then 3-9, were a better team than the Falcons (then 11-1) ahead of the teams’ Week 14 meeting, which Carolina won. Hardy can be enigmatic, but we’re told Rivera is very happy with where Hardy is at physically and mentally this season.

Comments ()