Jon Beason says he’s coming back better than ever

Even after undergoing three surgeries over the past 17 months, Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Jon Beason told the Charlotte Observer that he believes he’s going to be better than ever in 2013.

“I’ll be better,” Beason said. “I can’t even fathom not being better than I previously was. Especially, when you get to this stage of your career, mentally you know how to prepare and those are the things that you’re focusing on more.”

Beason was one of the NFL’s best linebackers before suffering a series of injuries over the past few seasons. If he can stay healthy, the Panthers defense will be a lot better.