The Carolina Panthers are expecting another big season out of veteran defensive end Charles Johnson, which is why he has been working very hard in the offseason to improve his game.
The Panthers know that they need Johnson to explode off the snap and get after the quarterback if they want any chance of competing in the NFC South. The good news is Johnson is determined to take his game to the next level, with the preparation starting earlier this year.
“I’m working on that first step, just trying to get better on that get-off,” Johnson told Panthers.com. “This summer I was working on that a lot. In the fourth quarter, I want to be coming off (the ball) as fast as possible, especially in third-down situations.”
There is no question opposing offenses are going to be fully aware of where Johnson is on the field at all times. The 27-year-old posted a career-high 12.5 sacks last season and 33 over his last three seasons. He also recorded 41 total tackles, a career-high seven forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four passes defended.
Johnson is the heart and soul of the defensive line. He understands that his hard work in training camp will filter down to the other players and make them want to go the extra mile to get better.
“I just stay working. I just let my play on the field do the talking. I just keep my head down and keep grinding. There’s nothing necessary to say until you get those wins going,” Johnson said, according to Panthers.com.