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NFL Top 100 Recap


A franchise-best seven Panthers made the "Top 100 Players of 2016" list, an NFL Network ranking determined by player votes that began in 2011.

Take a look back at the video segments for each player.

86. RB Jonathan Stewart

Despite missing the final three games of the regular season to heal a foot injury, Stewart had the second-highest rushing total of his eight-year career with 989 yards on the ground. He was a catalyst for the league's highest scoring offense in his first season as the undisputed starter since the Panthers picked him 13th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.

79. C Ryan Kalil

Kalil, a second-round draft pick in 2007, made the Pro Bowl for the fifth time this past season after helping the Panthers lead the NFL and set a franchise record with 500 points in the regular season. Kalil anchored an offensive line that helped Carolina rank second in the league with 142.6 rushing yards per game.

58. DT Kawann Short

Short's career-high 11 sacks were the most by a defensive tackle in team history. He also posted career-highs with 51 tackles and six passes defensed.

54. LB Thomas Davis

Davis, who finished second on the team with 123 tackles, recorded career highs with 5.5 sacks and four interceptions and was the only player in the NFL in 2015 to record five or more sacks and four or more interceptions.

38. TE Greg Olsen

Olsen racked up a career-high 1,104 receiving yards last season, marking the third time in the last four seasons he has established a new franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end. He is now the franchise's all-time leader in catches (348) and receiving yards (4,311) by a tight end.

7. LB Luke Kuechly

Kuechly led the Panthers with 137 tackles in 2015 – something he's done every year since coming to Carolina as a first-round pick in 2012. He recorded four interceptions during the regular season and returned two interceptions for touchdowns during the postseason.

1. QB Cam Newton

Newton led the Panthers to a 15-1 record in the regular season and an appearance in Super Bowl 50. He became the first player in NFL history with 30-plus passing touchdowns and 10-plus rushing touchdowns in a season, tossing 35 touchdown passes and rushing for 10 more scores. He helped Carolina pace the NFL with a franchise-record 500 points and shared the league lead by directing four game-winning drives.

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