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Last chance to vote Panthers to Pro Bowl


CHARLOTTE – Fan voting for the 2017 Pro Bowl closes Tuesday, and many deserving Panthers are still in the hunt for an NFC roster spot in Orlando this January.

Carolina fans can elect their favorite Panthers in two ways: 1) By submitting their ballot through this website and 2) through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #ProBowlVote and the players' first and last name.

TE Greg Olsen: 65 receptions? Most among NFC tight ends. 907 receiving yards? Most among NFC tight ends. A 78-yard receiving touchdown? Yep, that's the longest by a tight end this season.

Olsen's numbers are made even more impressive when compared to the top wide receivers in the NFL. Only 13 players have more receiving yards than the Panthers tight end, and only seven can claim a longer touchdown reception. Olsen has done more than enough to earn a roster spot in Orlando for his third straight Pro Bowl.

OLB Thomas Davis: This 12-year veteran finally earned his first Pro Bowl accolade a season ago, but the Panthers advancing to Super Bowl 50 prevented him from participating in the game. After waiting so long for his first invite, Davis might be a Pro Bowler two years in a row.

Davis' three interceptions tie him for the NFL lead among linebackers with Atlanta's Deion Jones and Baltimore's C.J. Mosley. He has recorded 84 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

ILB Luke Kuechly: Kuechly has earned Pro Bowl honors for the past three seasons, and he is certainly deserving of his fourth. Even though he has missed Carolina's past three games, he has already reached 100 tackles for the fifth consecutive season. He leads the league in tackles since entering the NFL in 2012.

Sometimes the best way to measure a player's impact is how his team performs with him not in the lineup. In the games Kuechly has missed, the Panthers have given up an average of 117.7 rushing yards per game, compared to their 81.8 average with him on the field.

G Trai Turner: On a Panthers offensive line that has been plagued by injuries, one of the constants this season has been Turner, who was named to the Pro Bowl last year. In only his third season, the guard has been called upon to not only act as a leader for a line that is short on NFL experience, but also transition to right tackle for the past two games after Daryl Williams' injury.

Since the Panthers allowed quarterback Cam Newton to be sacked 12 times in the opening three weeks of the season, Turner and the offensive line have allowed only nine sacks in the past nine games.

DE Mario Addison: The Panthers currently lead the NFL in sacks with 39, and Addison is a big reason why. His 7.5 quarterback sacks not only lead the squad, but also tie him for 11th in the NFC. His most recent sack was one of the most important of his career, as he brought down Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the end zone for a safety Sunday to effectively end any chance of a San Diego comeback.

Addison has only been in the NFL for six seasons, but this pass rush specialist is having a career year. After his breakout effort in 2014 when notched 23 total tackles and 6.5 sacks, he has already surpassed that sack total despite missing two games with a foot injury.

View the top photos from Panthers vs. Chargers by team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.

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