Close Article Return to stream X
NFL

Luke Kuechly will start at Outside Linebacker, but will also play the Middle

+Read full article

Rookie training camp has started for the Carolina Panthers, and so the coaching staff will get their first chance to see their 7 draft picks at work, while also looking at players who could fill out their practice squad. A focused microscope will be on Luke Kuechly, who has handled his interviews professionally and already impressed the coaching staff.

“He’s exactly what we thought he is. He’s an athletic, big guy that runs well, a very smart football player, very sharp. He handled things very well for us, and I’m pretty excited about what we got from him today. He’s going to learn and grow within our defense, and we feel very confident about his abilities,” Ron Rivera said.

“He looked good. We put a little bit of pressure on him, stressed him a little bit having to learn both positions (weakside and middle linebacker). But we think he’s that kind of football player, that kind of athlete – a very sharp, heady guy but very athletic and physical. So we’re pretty excited about what he can do.”

Kuechly led college football in tackles the last two seasons, and will help out a defense that was woefully outperformed by the Panthers offense last year.

When asked what position Kuechly will be starting the year at, Rivera responded, “We’ll start him on the outside and then we’ll rotate him inside. But he’ll start on the outside, and Jon (Beason) will be in the inside. I’ve talked with Jon about him playing inside and outside as well. It’s going to be an interesting experiment as we go through this, because we want to make sure we put the best unit on the football field and the best combination of players.”

It will be a different ball-game when the rookies join the veterans, and that will be when Kuechly has to prove himself the most, against veteran, stronger, smarter competition.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Von Miller Expertly Trolls Cam Newton On 'Saturday Night Live'

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been a certified savage since winning Super Bowl MVP last Sunday. On 'Saturday Night Live', Miller expertly trolled Cam Newton during his short skit. Considering how much celebrating Newton did all season, he's going to continue to be on the wrong end of jokes all offseason, and deservedly so.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Panthers' OT Michael Oher Slide On Levi's Stadium Turf

The condition of the turf at Levi's Stadium during Super Bowl 50 is a popular topic, and for one play Carolina Panthers' left tackle Michael Oher looked like he was on an ice rink as he protected Cam Newton's blind side.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NFL Videos

Watch Cam Newton Put His Own Interests Above The Team

Millions of things have been said about Cam Newton, but this one instance in particular fires me up as a Carolina Panthers fan. With the score 16-10 Broncos, Von Miller knocks the ball out of Newton's hands which leads to a mad scramble. Newton has the opportunity to jump on the ball in the pile, but he decides to back away to protect himself from injury. In a one-possession game in the Super Bowl, Newton should've sacrificed every limb he has to get that ball back for his team, and it's extremely unnerving to me as a fan that he didn't jump in there.

Comment 0 Comments