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Chase Blackburn
Assistant Special Teams
College:
Akron
Experience:
2

Bio

PLAYING
A former NFL linebacker and special teams standout, Chase Blackburn returns for his second season as assistant special teams coach with Carolina in 2017. He made his coaching debut in 2016 after serving as a coaching intern with the Panthers during the 2016 offseason.

Blackburn and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey oversaw one of the top kickoff coverage units in the NFL. Carolina allowed an NFL-low 18.1-yards per kickoff return and finished fifth in the league with an opponents' average drive start of the 23.7-yard line. In addition, the Panthers led the NFL and tied a team record with three blocked field goals. Rookie defensive tackle Vernon Butler was responsible for two of them, equaling Julius Peppers' team record for the most blocked field goals in a season.

In 10 seasons from 2005-14, Blackburn recorded 265 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, 10 passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 132 games with 45 starts. On special teams, he posted 123 tackles, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New York Giants in 2005, Blackburn played eight seasons with the Giants and led the team in special teams tackles for six consecutive years from 2005-10. In 2008, Blackburn was named a Pro Bowl alternate as a cover specialist. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, contributing to their victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

Blackburn played his final two seasons with the Panthers. In 2013, he was part of special teams units that improved to 13th in The Dallas Morning News special teams rankings.

COLLEGE AND PERSONAL
A three-year starter at linebacker and defensive end for Akron, Blackburn played in 45 games with 34 starts and totaled 293 tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and three interceptions. He earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a junior in 2003 and played in the Senior Bowl in 2004. Blackburn attended Marysville (Ohio) HS and graduated from Akron with a degree in mathematics.

HISTORY
Linebacker: Akron 2001-04. Pro linebacker: New York Giants 2005-12, Carolina Panthers 2013-14. Pro coach: Joined Panthers in 2016.
PLAYING
A former NFL linebacker and special teams standout, Chase Blackburn returns for his second season as assistant special teams coach with Carolina in 2017. He made his coaching debut in 2016 after serving as a coaching intern with the Panthers during the 2016 offseason.

Blackburn and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey oversaw one of the top kickoff coverage units in the NFL. Carolina allowed an NFL-low 18.1-yards per kickoff return and finished fifth in the league with an opponents' average drive start of the 23.7-yard line. In addition, the Panthers led the NFL and tied a team record with three blocked field goals. Rookie defensive tackle Vernon Butler was responsible for two of them, equaling Julius Peppers' team record for the most blocked field goals in a season.

In 10 seasons from 2005-14, Blackburn recorded 265 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, 10 passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 132 games with 45 starts. On special teams, he posted 123 tackles, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New York Giants in 2005, Blackburn played eight seasons with the Giants and led the team in special teams tackles for six consecutive years from 2005-10. In 2008, Blackburn was named a Pro Bowl alternate as a cover specialist. He earned two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, contributing to their victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

Blackburn played his final two seasons with the Panthers. In 2013, he was part of special teams units that improved to 13th in The Dallas Morning News special teams rankings.

COLLEGE AND PERSONAL
A three-year starter at linebacker and defensive end for Akron, Blackburn played in 45 games with 34 starts and totaled 293 tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and three interceptions. He earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a junior in 2003 and played in the Senior Bowl in 2004. Blackburn attended Marysville (Ohio) HS and graduated from Akron with a degree in mathematics.

HISTORY
Linebacker: Akron 2001-04. Pro linebacker: New York Giants 2005-12, Carolina Panthers 2013-14. Pro coach: Joined Panthers in 2016.
 

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