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I am the official writer about the Carolina Panthers for Sportsblog.com and will cover other teams and sports as well

Panthers have high hopes for Devon "Rockhead" Johnson

Devon Johnson
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers want to develop rookie running back Devon Johnson into a Mike Tolbert type. Johnson a running back out of Marshall went undrafted but the Panthers gave him a $20,000 singing bonus as an undrafted free agent.

Devon Johnson is nicknamed “Rockhead” for his bruising running style and blocking ability. Rockhead started his college career as a tight end but rushed for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior at Marshall.

I am pulling for Johnson to make the team because I love big running backs. But there are reasons he wasn't drafted and I don't think Mike Tolbert has to fear for his job, this year anyway.

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Shaq Thompson     Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Shaq Thompson the 2nd year linebacker of the Carolina Panthers was involved in a head on collision on Sunday. Thompson got charged with driving left of center. Thompson's car crossed the center line and hit former Duke Quarterback Anthony Boone to the hospital.

Police said alcohol was involved but not a factor in the wreck. Thomson was not charged for being drunk and driving so he apparently was under the limit. It is ironic that a NFL player hit a former college football player head on in the crash. Boone has serious injuries but is expected to recover, Shaq Thompson was not injured in the wreck. 

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Vic Beasley     Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons have switched the position of 2nd year player Vic Beasley. Last season Beasley was the a LEO pass rusher and has been switched to strongside linebacker. The hope is that Beasley can use his athleticism to keep free of blockers and to make plays.

Vic Beasley will be playing the same spot that Bruce Irvin did under Falcons coach Dan Quinn in Seattle. The Falcons pass rush was pretty bad last season and Irvin is already their best pass rusher. I do expect the Falcons defense to be better this season after Quinn has had a chance to get settled in.

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