CHARLOTTE – Days after putting together arguably the best performance of his six-year career, defensive end
Johnson expects to produce at a high level, and he's not satisfied after one week of dominance.
"I feel the same as I did. I might have a little more stats, but I feel like I need to grind and work as hard as I can," Johnson said. "I need to be that playmaker for us to be a good defense.
"It was a good game, but I'm on to Seattle. I'm not worried about Atlanta anymore."
Johnson has turned his attention to quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks offense.
When asked if another stellar pass-rushing performance would help stifle Seattle's rookie quarterback, Johnson smiled.
"Yeah, that could help us out," Johnson said. "We're going to have to hit him, make him make some bad decisions, some mistakes."
But Johnson insisted the main focus for the Carolina defense will be slowing down Lynch, who leads the NFL in rushing with 423 yards.
"We have to stop Marshawn Lynch to win this game," Johnson said. "He's a tough runner. He breaks a lot of tackles and makes people look silly out there."
MULTIPLE TARGETS: Through four games, the Panthers have had three different players lead the team in receptions.
Smith's consistent productivity as a big-play, No. 1 wide receiver creates opportunities for LaFell and Olsen, and both have taken advantage early in the season.
"Steve is going to command doubles, and the guy that steps up has to be Brandon," head coach Ron Rivera said. "If they pay a little more attention to Brandon, the guy that also has to step up is the tight end, and that's what we've got."
Added offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski: "It's the type of situation where one week it might be Greg, one week Brandon has a good game, Steve has had good games, and as a coach, that's what you like to see. It's not always the same guy that you have to rely on all the time."
INJURY UPDATE: The following Panthers did not participate in Wednesday's practice: Linebacker
"Not overly concerned about Frank Alexander and Colin Jones," Rivera said. "The other ones I am concerned with."