The Panthers have not been shy about bringing guys onto the team who have history with Ron Rivera in San Diego. First it was secondary coach Steve Wilks and then Antwan Applewhite. Jyles Tucker, the free agent defensive end, became the next on Friday. Tucker joins Ron Edwards, who will be returning from injury, and both these guys will improve the Panthers. Ron Rivera infused life into the Chargers while Tucker was there, and now Rivera hopes Tucker will do the same for this Panthers’ defense.
Some fans are worried Tucker might be rusty, because he only has one sack in the last three years. His last time having excellent production was in 2008 when he played in 12 games and had 5.5 sacks. He is, however, quite versatile and can play either defensive end or linebacker.
Tucker was undrafterd, but fought his way onto the Chargers practice squad, and once Shawn Merriman went down, had a chance to start.
Tucker played his college ball at the ACC’s Wake Forest University. He played quarterback and defensive end for his high school football team, and was also a 4 year basketball starter. He was born in Morristown, New Jersey and is no doubt excited to return to the East Coast after spending his last 5 years in San Diego. Ron Rivera and his number 28th ranked defense are definitely happy he is.