Defending Defensive Rookie of the Year, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, has been a freak of nature since stepping foot onto the field last year, and so far this year, it looks like he’s getting better. Kuechly has a prototypical frame for a linebacker standing 6-foot-3 and being a ripped 242 pounds. What was impressive about his award-winning year last season is that he made a case for himself to be not only the DROY, but the Defensive Player of the Year outright as well as he lead the entire NFL with 164 tackles, while deflecting eight passes, intercepting two passes and recording a sack.
As observed with those 164 tackles, Kuechly has a tremendous nose for the ball seemingly no matter where it is. He will engage up the gut instead of waiting for the play to come to him, and also he will go sideline-to-sideline, which shows off the highly coveted non-stop motor that coaches salivate over. What also makes him extremely valuable is that he is a three-down linebacker as he doesn’t have to be taken out in obvious passing situations.
The Buffalo Bills certainly have the firepower if used properly to test Kuechly’s coverage skills, including running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, not to mention an extremely large-framed tight end in Scott Chandler who has sure hands and is deceptively elusive despite his size of 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds.
All in all, this should be one of the hardest tests on either side of the ball versus the Panthers as Kuechly is an absolute monster linebacker who is young and seemingly getting hungrier week to week.