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Wes Horton
DE #96
Height:
6-5
Weight:
265
Age:
28
College:
Southern California
Hometown:
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
17
SCK
5.5
FF
3
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 69 36 33 14.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 6 2
2017 CAR 16 0 17 11 6 5.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 3 --
2016 CAR 11 10 11 3 8 2.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 2
2015 CAR 8 2 7 4 3 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 CAR 16 15 26 12 14 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2013 CAR 10 0 8 6 2 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF W 23-3 2 1 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2 BUF W 9-3 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 NO L 13-34 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @NE W 33-30 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @DET W 27-24 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 PHI L 23-28 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @CHI L 3-17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @TB W 17-3 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 ATL W 20-17 1 1 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 MIA W 45-21 -- 0 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @NYJ W 35-27 4 1 3 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
13 @NO L 21-31 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 MIN W 31-24 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 GB W 31-24 1 1 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 TB W 22-19 2 1 1 1.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
17 @ATL L 10-22 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

PRO CAREER
• Helped Carolina's defense finish seventh in the league in total yards allowed while posting 50 sacks, good for third in the NFL and fourth-most in franchise history.
• Played in all 16 games for Carolina in 2017...Recorded 5.5 sacks, 17 total tackles, and 10 quarterback pressures.
• Led the team with three forced fumbles in 2017, ranking fifth among defensive ends in the NFL.
• Recorded a strip-sack on Jets Quarterback Josh McCown in Week 12 at New York (11/26/17), resulting in a 34-yard go-ahead touchdown by linebacker Luke Kuechly. •
• Played in 11 games with 10 starts for Carolina in 2016...Posted 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
• Recorded first career fumble recovery vs. San Diego (12/11/16)...Contributed to a defensive unit that recorded five takeaways, the most takeaways for the defense since forcing five vs. Washington (11/22/15).
• Tallied a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on a single play at Washington (12/19/16), knocking the ball out of quarterback Kirk Cousins' hands and falling on the loose ball.
• Played in eight games with two starts for Carolina in 2015...Posted one sack and six quarterback pressures.
• Played in 16 games for Carolina in 2014, starting the last 15 and both postseason contests...Posted career highs of 26 tackles, three sacks and eight quarterback pressures along with one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
• Contributed to a defense that finshed 2014 ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense and set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed in a postseason game with 78.
• Made first NFL start vs. Detroit (9/14/14).
• Played in 10 games for Carolina as a rookie in 2013...Posted eight tackles, two sacks and one quarterback pressure.
• Contributed to Carolina unit in 2013 that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.
• Notched first two career sacks vs. Tampa Bay (12/1/13), dropping quarterback Mike Glennon for losses of four and five yards...Only undrafted rookie in the NFL to have two or more sacks in a game in 2013.

TRANSACTIONS: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Carolina (5/10/13)...Waived by Carolina (10/3/15)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (10/6/15)...Suspended for violating policy on performance enhancing substances by NFL (11/23/15)...Suspension lifted by NFL (12/21/15)...Placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list by Carolina (12/21/15)...Waived from the exempt/commissioner’s permission list by Carolina (12/28/15)...Signed to practice squad by Carolina (1/6/16)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (2/16/16)...Waived by Carolina (9/4/16)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (10/14/16)...Signed to contract extension by Carolina (2/27/17).

GP/GS: Career (61/30) [3/2]; 2017 (16/0) [1/0]; 2016 (11/10) [0/0]; 2015 (8/2) [0/0]; 2014 (16/15) [2/2]; 2013 (10/0) [0/0].

2017: Played in all 16 games for Carolina...Recorded 5.5 sacks, 17 total tackles, 10 quarterback pressures, and led the team with three forced fumbles...At San Francisco (9/10): Saw action as a reserve defensive end…Tallied two tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback pressure…Recorded a strip-sack on 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first quarter, setting the Panthers up for a touchdown on the ensuing drive…Vs. Atlanta (11/5): Saw action as a reserve defensive end and tallied one tackle and one sack...Notched second sack of the season in the third quarter, dropping Quarterback Matt Ryan for a five-yard loss…At New York Jets (11/26): Recorded four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble...Tallied a strip-sack on Jets Quarterback Josh McCown in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Luke Kuechly...Vs. Green Bay (12/17): Recorded one tackle, one sack and one quarterback pressure...Brought down Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Saw action as a reserve defensive end...Tallied a season-high 1.5 sacks...Credited with a strip-sack on Quarterback Jameis Winston on the Buccaneers’ opening drive of the game...Defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. recovered the fumble and returned it to the Tampa Bay 33-yard line..
POSTSEASON: At New Orleans (1/7): Saw action as a reserve defensive end.

COLLEGE: Played in 47 games with 32 starts at Southern California...Produced 117 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, five quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed...All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention in 2012 as a senior...Played in 12 games with 10 starts...Finished third on the Trojans with 5.5 sacks...Recorded 43 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed...Second-team All-Pac-12 Conference choice as a junior in 2011... Played in 12 games with seven starts...Posted 22 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and two passes defensed...Played in 10 games with six starts as a sophomore in 2010...Tied for second on the team with four sacks...Notched 29 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback pressure, one forced fumble and four passes defensed...As a freshman in 2009, played in 13 games with nine starts...Logged 23 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed...Redshirted as a true freshman in 2008.

PERSONAL: Attended Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, Calif....Majored in human performance at Southern California.

PRO CAREER
• Helped Carolina's defense finish seventh in the league in total yards allowed while posting 50 sacks, good for third in the NFL and fourth-most in franchise history.
• Played in all 16 games for Carolina in 2017...Recorded 5.5 sacks, 17 total tackles, and 10 quarterback pressures.
• Led the team with three forced fumbles in 2017, ranking fifth among defensive ends in the NFL.
• Recorded a strip-sack on Jets Quarterback Josh McCown in Week 12 at New York (11/26/17), resulting in a 34-yard go-ahead touchdown by linebacker Luke Kuechly. •
• Played in 11 games with 10 starts for Carolina in 2016...Posted 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
• Recorded first career fumble recovery vs. San Diego (12/11/16)...Contributed to a defensive unit that recorded five takeaways, the most takeaways for the defense since forcing five vs. Washington (11/22/15).
• Tallied a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on a single play at Washington (12/19/16), knocking the ball out of quarterback Kirk Cousins' hands and falling on the loose ball.
• Played in eight games with two starts for Carolina in 2015...Posted one sack and six quarterback pressures.
• Played in 16 games for Carolina in 2014, starting the last 15 and both postseason contests...Posted career highs of 26 tackles, three sacks and eight quarterback pressures along with one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
• Contributed to a defense that finshed 2014 ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense and set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed in a postseason game with 78.
• Made first NFL start vs. Detroit (9/14/14).
• Played in 10 games for Carolina as a rookie in 2013...Posted eight tackles, two sacks and one quarterback pressure.
• Contributed to Carolina unit in 2013 that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.
• Notched first two career sacks vs. Tampa Bay (12/1/13), dropping quarterback Mike Glennon for losses of four and five yards...Only undrafted rookie in the NFL to have two or more sacks in a game in 2013.

TRANSACTIONS: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Carolina (5/10/13)...Waived by Carolina (10/3/15)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (10/6/15)...Suspended for violating policy on performance enhancing substances by NFL (11/23/15)...Suspension lifted by NFL (12/21/15)...Placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list by Carolina (12/21/15)...Waived from the exempt/commissioner’s permission list by Carolina (12/28/15)...Signed to practice squad by Carolina (1/6/16)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (2/16/16)...Waived by Carolina (9/4/16)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (10/14/16)...Signed to contract extension by Carolina (2/27/17).

GP/GS: Career (61/30) [3/2]; 2017 (16/0) [1/0]; 2016 (11/10) [0/0]; 2015 (8/2) [0/0]; 2014 (16/15) [2/2]; 2013 (10/0) [0/0].

2017: Played in all 16 games for Carolina...Recorded 5.5 sacks, 17 total tackles, 10 quarterback pressures, and led the team with three forced fumbles...At San Francisco (9/10): Saw action as a reserve defensive end…Tallied two tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback pressure…Recorded a strip-sack on 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first quarter, setting the Panthers up for a touchdown on the ensuing drive…Vs. Atlanta (11/5): Saw action as a reserve defensive end and tallied one tackle and one sack...Notched second sack of the season in the third quarter, dropping Quarterback Matt Ryan for a five-yard loss…At New York Jets (11/26): Recorded four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble...Tallied a strip-sack on Jets Quarterback Josh McCown in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Luke Kuechly...Vs. Green Bay (12/17): Recorded one tackle, one sack and one quarterback pressure...Brought down Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Saw action as a reserve defensive end...Tallied a season-high 1.5 sacks...Credited with a strip-sack on Quarterback Jameis Winston on the Buccaneers’ opening drive of the game...Defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. recovered the fumble and returned it to the Tampa Bay 33-yard line..
POSTSEASON: At New Orleans (1/7): Saw action as a reserve defensive end.

COLLEGE: Played in 47 games with 32 starts at Southern California...Produced 117 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, five quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed...All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention in 2012 as a senior...Played in 12 games with 10 starts...Finished third on the Trojans with 5.5 sacks...Recorded 43 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed...Second-team All-Pac-12 Conference choice as a junior in 2011... Played in 12 games with seven starts...Posted 22 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and two passes defensed...Played in 10 games with six starts as a sophomore in 2010...Tied for second on the team with four sacks...Notched 29 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback pressure, one forced fumble and four passes defensed...As a freshman in 2009, played in 13 games with nine starts...Logged 23 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed...Redshirted as a true freshman in 2008.

PERSONAL: Attended Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, Calif....Majored in human performance at Southern California.