Davis should be on Pro Bowl wish list

December, 26, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Barring a last-minute Christmas vote rush, there will be at least one travesty as far as the Carolina Panthers are concerned when the Pro Bowl selections are announced on Friday.

Outside linebacker Thomas Davis won't be mentioned.

Davis ranks second on the NFL's second-ranked defense in tackles with a career-best 142. He has a career-best four sacks and is tied for his career best in interceptions with two.

He's having a career year.

And he's not ranked in the top 10 at his position. You'd think whoever organized the vote to get Carolina's all-black uniforms selected as the NFL's greatest uniform ever -- a combination that had been worn only once at the time, by the way -- could have gotten behind Davis.

It's a shame.

Defensive end Greg Hardy, with a team-best 11 sacks, left tackle Jordan Gross and punter Brad Nortman deserve recognition, too, but they aren't getting it. None rank in the top 10 in the fan vote that ends on Thursday.

Some Panthers are getting recognition, though. Here's a look at where they rank in the voting:

Quarterback: No. 9 Cam Newton.

Fullback: No. 1 Mike Tolbert.

Tight end: No. 10 Greg Olsen.

Center: No. 3 Ryan Kalil.

Defensive end: No. 9 Charles Johnson.

Middle linebacker: No. 3 Luke Kuechly.

Free safety: No. 4 Mike Mitchell.

Punt returner: No. 8 Ted Ginn Jr.

Special teamer: No. No. 7 Jordan Senn.

David Newton | email

ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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