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Why 3 Is The Most Important Number In Football

Many teams have two good wide receivers or corners but it’s that third depth player that has been the difference maker in squads’ playoff runs.

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San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) is brought down by Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina: DL Kawann Short

Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson are the marquee pass-rushers in Carolina, but the second-round pick, reserve defensive lineman Short finished with a +3.4 pass-rush grade by Pro Football Focus. By the end of the 2013 season, Short earned a +16.5 grade, 16th-best by defensive tackles.

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