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Jon Beason willing to move to outside linebacker

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Linebacker Jon Beason has made his biggest impact anchoring the middle of the Carolina Panthers defense during his first six seasons in the NFL.

Beason has been named to the Pro Bowl three times and is a two-time All-Pro playing middle linebacker for the Panthers. However, Beason has played just five games over the last two seasons due to injury and Luke Kuechly thrived on his way to defensive rookie of the year honors after taking over for Beason at middle linebacker mid-season.

Kuechly led the league with 164 tackles in his rookie season.

Beason is still very fond of playing in the middle. He racked up a staggering 540 tackles over his first four seasons before injuries have kept him off the field the majority of the last two years.

“I was drafted as an outside linebacker. I can play the position. I am familiar with the position. Some people may think I’m built for the position,”┬áBeason said, per the Panthers official website. “But what we did not know before moving to the (middle), was that my personality is geared toward being a (middle) linebacker.”

With Kuechly’s emergence, the Panthers will likely ask Beason to move outside next season. While he still feels that he’s best on the inside, Beason is willing to shift outside to help out the team.

“Playing on the outside is no biggie for me,”┬áBeason said. “I’ll have the same approach to how I play the game. I think if anything, it’s going to make me more motivated, because now I have to fight a little harder to make more plays.”

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4 Responses to “Jon Beason willing to move to outside linebacker”
  1. madenatewell says: Feb 13, 2013 4:58 AM

    This is a good sign…with Carolina being north of $16M over the cap, as a fan I hope they keep this guy.

  2. damayan5 says: Feb 13, 2013 5:04 AM

    To be honest though a healthy Beason is a better MLB then Kuechly. It’s just been the healthy part that hasn’t worked out the last couple of seasons.

  3. ak18346 says: Feb 13, 2013 6:00 AM

    I wouldn’t expect anything else from Jon he is a class act and a team player. Jon has given it all to the Panthers and another solid draft pick for Marty. Thanks Jon for all that you do for the team!

  4. mustbechris says: Feb 13, 2013 6:44 AM

    They should trade him to the Eagles. He’d look good next to DeMeco Ryans in the middle of their new 3-4 that Chip Kelly won’t say is a 3-4.

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