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Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy leaner, just as mean in 2013

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:37 PM


By Joseph Person — jperson@charlotteobserver.com

Greg Hardy was in midseason form Thursday – playing and talking.

The Carolina Panthers' trash-talking defensive end got leaner during the offseason, dropping nearly 15 pounds. He’s hoping to improve his speed-rush and prove his breakthrough 2012 season was not a fluke.

Hardy might have lost weight, but he hasn't lost his gift of gab.

In a five-minute interview, Hardy referenced a fictitious NASCAR driver, invited critics to kiss his backside, said he's more interested in winning than money and that he plans to rank among the league leaders in sacks.

“I'm just trying to get more,” Hardy said. “I talk a lot of trash, so I'm just making sure I step my game up this year from what it was and try not to make as many mistakes.”

Hardy, a sixth-round pick in 2010, collected 11 sacks in 2012 after finishing with seven his first two seasons combined. Hardy's emergence, combined with another strong season by defensive end Charles Johnson, gave the Panthers one of the league's top pass-rushing tandems.

Now a lot of critics want to see Hardy do it again.





I love Hardy, definitely my favorite Panther of the new generation that's been drafted since 2010.

You know... Besides Cam of course. lol

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:43 PM

I fugin' love Hardy.


I hope he kills this season and we resign him.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:45 PM

He could afford to slim down a little with legit DT's.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:47 PM

I would definitely like to see Hardy have a break out year, and definitely take his place as one of the up and coming premier pass rushers in the NFL. If he does that, I have no problem with Gettleman giving him his money.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:47 PM


But he didn't put it all together until last season, when he became a pass-rushing force despite breaking his thumb in Week 3 and wearing a “big black cast” on his hand for much of the season.


They just weren't able to handle Hardy's BBC... 


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:49 PM

What's he down to now? Didnt he do this last year?

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:59 PM

Last year he gained weight, up to 290+

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:01 PM

People are about to eat more Crow this year. Sign the man, Gettleman...

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:04 PM


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:04 PM

What's he down to now? Didnt he do this last year?

Actually I think he bulked up last year... let me see.


Yep, went from 280 to 299 according to this


Probably realized he over-corrected a bit. Kraken is going all Goldilocks on us.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:22 PM


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:41 PM

Lean mean brees grilling machine.



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:04 PM

He will destroy Matt Ryan this season..cannot wait for his punk azz to feel the pain.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:12 PM

Yeah last season when he gained the weight I questioned it, but it ended up paying off for him. Hopefully he keeps the strength with a better burst this year to keep the offensive lineman off balance... You know Hardy actually plays the tougher side of the defensive front. He plays against the franchise left tackles while big money usually lines up against the right tackles. Interesting when you think about who gets paid the big dollars.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:15 PM



This picture always makes me think he's about to pull his own finger and squeeze out a fart. He just has that look on his face. 

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