The Carolina Panthers released Charles Johnson in a cap cutting move this past offseason but the veteran pass rusher decided to return on a one-year deal. It appears this is great news for the Panthers, as Johnson is in 'tremendous shape', according to the Panthers' head coach.
"He is one of the leaders out there and for him to be in the condition and shape he is in right now, it's exciting."
The 10-year veteran is coming off the worst regular season of his career with only one sack in nine games after being placed on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury in the middle of the season. He did have a strong postseason though with three sacks.
This training camp was important for Johnson, who has dealt with injuries during training camp the past two seasons. In 2014, Johnson dealt with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss a majority of training camp and play in only one preseason game. This past season, Johnson suffered a calf strain as well as a trapezius injury that forced him to miss some practice time.
Johnson talked prior to practice on Sunday about how he entered camp lighter than in year's past, losing about 10 pounds. This is something that Rivera believes could help him.
"Charles, in this size and condition, could be good for us."