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Kuechly makes a big impression, so far

Luke Kuechly AP

Like many other franchises, the Panthers have a very good offense and a defense that needs to improve not by much to make the team into a serious contender.

Limited in free agency by the salary cap, the Panthers launched that process by using the ninth overall pick in the draft on former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly.

So far, Kuechly has been everything the Panthers had hoped.

According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, Kuechly has been making plays consistently.

He’s been as advertised,’’ tackle Jordan Gross said.  “He’s got a nose for the ball and he throws his body around, and that’s what you want out of a linebacker.  One thing that stands out is that when he blitzes, he rushes the passer, he doesn’t just blitz and stop if a lineman picks him up.  He’s got moves, and his effort is good.  If you get your hands on him, he wants to get off there and make a play.  He doesn’t really act like a rookie at all.’’

Kuechly, a middle linebacker at B.C., has embraced his new position on the outside, with Jon Beason in the middle.

Overall, the defense doesn’t need to do much to transform the Panthers into a playoff team.  If Kuechly can do for the defense this year what Cam Newton did for the offense last year, center Ryan Kalil’s full-page prediction could be coming to fruition.

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15 Responses to “Kuechly makes a big impression, so far”
  1. seanje says: Aug 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    “Overall, the defense doesn’t need to do much to transform the Panthers into a playoff team.”

    Mike, have you seen their DL (the most important element of a defense, one might argue), more specifically the DTs they have?

  2. kapooti says: Aug 7, 2012 8:49 PM

    “If Kuechly can do for the defense this year what Cam Newton did for the offense last year, center Ryan Kalil’s full-page prediction could be coming to fruition.”

    I think the defensive equivalent for what Cam did for that offense would be of Ed Reed caliber. just sayin.

  3. beckzhere says: Aug 7, 2012 8:57 PM

    As a Falcons fan, I was afraid of this.

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 7, 2012 9:02 PM

    Overrated.

  5. sb50 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:07 PM

    I’ve wanted the eagles to pick this kid up so bad on draft day but im still happy with fletcher cox

  6. bucrightoff says: Aug 7, 2012 9:22 PM

    I’m not saying he isn’t, but every guy at training camp always seems to be “blowing it up”. Amazing how good you can look when its not the actual game itself.

  7. pilot2011 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:27 PM

    I’m really liking what I have seen so far from him, and he is only 20 years old!

  8. hot97x says: Aug 7, 2012 9:58 PM

    he’s not 20, he’s 21. and if he’s anything like at boston college he’ll make a ton of plays 5-8 yards downfield.

  9. sixburghrules says: Aug 7, 2012 10:14 PM

    Great offense training against a great defense = a great team

    A crappy team against a crappy defense = looks awesome but still a crappy defense

  10. theandy59 says: Aug 7, 2012 10:25 PM

    Luke’s a player, Carolina is gonna be happy with this pick for years. By the way, it’s not B.C. – it’s BC. You wouldn’t write U.S.C., or L.S.U., would you?

  11. delhommed says: Aug 7, 2012 10:46 PM

    Have you people forgotten that Jon Beason was the second best linebacker in the NFC the last few years? He will have a Cam Newton type impact on the defense this year… everything else is icing on the cake.

  12. cuda1234 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:00 PM

    This team has a really good offense?

  13. samoanjungle says: Aug 8, 2012 12:47 AM

    I was really hoping the local kid would fall to the Bengals at 17.

  14. randallflagg52 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:11 AM

    Kuechly and Beason will combine to form a darn good LB corp. Not a Panther nor a NFC fan, but this team will be fun to watch for years to come. I hope Steve Smith can keep it up for a couple of more seasons since he is such a great player, albeit an older one.

  15. cpanthersfan says: Aug 8, 2012 10:28 PM

    This dude is gonna be so nasty, i cant wait!!

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