The NFL announced the final results from the fan voting portion of the Pro Bowl and the Carolina Panthers were well represented with 12 players finishing either first or second at their respective position. The leading vote getter on the team shouldn't be a surprise, as Cam Newton finished second in the entire NFL with 701,086 votes. He finished less than 500,000 votes behind the league leader, Tom Brady.
Below is a full breakdown of how many votes each Panthers' player got and where he ranks at his position.
|Position||Name||Place at Position||Votes|
|Tight End||Greg Olsen||Second||408,290|
|Left Tackle||Michael Oher||Second||159,702|
|Defensive Tackle||Kawann Short||Second||258,068|
|Outside Linebacker||Thomas Davis||First||241,719|
|Inside Linebacker||Luke Kuechly||First||282,162|
|Free Safety||Kurt Coleman||First||195,397|
|Special Teams||Joe Webb||First||126,068|
There are plenty of storylines from this round of voting but probably none bigger than the fact that outside linebacker Thomas Davis is going to earn his first trip to the Pro Bowl. The 11-year veteran has been one of the top tacklers at his position however seems to just miss the honor of being selected to the Pro Bowl. Last year, tight end Greg Olsen earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl and Davis certainly looks to be on his way to joining him.
Another interesting storyline is the fact that two of the free agents the Panthers signed in the offseason, Michael Oher and Kurt Coleman, look to be destined to be selected to the Pro Bowl. This is certainly a testiment to general manager Dave Gettleman and what he is able to do in free agency finding players like this.
The last storyline from this is the Panthers right now would be sending three of their starting five offensive linemen, a starting line that a year ago was consider one of the worst. The improvements of Trai Turner alongside Ryan Kalil, who has always been one of the top centers in the league, and the addition of Oher has helped turn this line around quickly. Newton now has time in the pocket and has helped him have the season he has.
The fan voting is only one third of the voting for the Pro Bowl though, as the players and the coaches will cast their vote on Friday, December 18th with each accounting for one third of the total vote. The NFL will announce the final results on Tuesday, December 22nd during the Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.