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Friday, November 22, 2013
Panthers who merit Pro Bowl consideration

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The top 10 players in fan voting for the 2014 Pro Bowl were released this week and -- not a big surprise -- not one was a Carolina Panther. When it comes to household names, outside of quarterback Cam Newton, there aren't many on this roster.

But the hottest team in the league, with six straight wins and seven in the last eight games, has several players worthy of strong consideration as the Dec. 26 deadline for online voting gets closer.

Here are my Carolina candidates:
I won't get into whether Ron Rivera deserves consideration for coach of the year. He shook his head no adamantly early in the week at the mere suggestion. That will take care of itself if the Panthers (7-3) continue to win.

While Rivera doesn't get into self-promotion, he doesn't hesitate to say Davis deserves Pro Bowl consideration.

"I'm very biased," he said of the player who has overcome three ACL surgeries on his right knee. "I hope he gets the opportunity to go. He's playing at a very high level, as is Luke."