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KUECHLY EARNS DEFENSIVE CAPTAIN ROLE OVER BEASON - With the retirements of bone-crushing hitters Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, Carolina Panthers’ leading tackler Luke Kuechly is becoming the new model for the middle linebacker who can chase tailbacks, tight ends and even read-option quarterbacks out of the backfield. As NFL Network analyst Brian Billick recently pointed out, the position is evolving into one emphasizing athleticism and fluidity.
Just as swiftly as Jon Beason took the Panthers’ defensive leadership torch from Dan Morgan a half-decade ago, Kuechly is grabbing the reins from Beason this offseason.
“(Kuechly) is a student of the game,” wide receiver Steve Smith said, via WFNZ in Charlotte. “He is taking over that defense, he is composing that defense, which is neat to see. … He really is becoming the quarterback of the defense.”
It’s high praise from a veteran who typically likes young players to be seen and not heard. Smith is hardly alone in his high regard for Kuechly.
“He has a lot of natural ability,” coach Ron Rivera said of Kuechly. “Whoever coached him before he got here did a (heck) of a job.”
Beason willingly has ceded his leadership role because he believes the 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is already “the best in the league” at middle linebacker. “You look at Luke and you say this kid is exceptional — this kid can play,” Beason said last month. “So I’m like, well let’s get out there and be great together.”
Kuechly ranked No. 79 in NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2013.” By this time next year, he should be battling Sean Lee of the Dallas Cowboys and Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks for a spot in the top 30. (Article written by Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, photo via Zimbio.com)
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“The bottom line is, Luke Kuechly loves to play football, and it shows. He has outstanding character and great work habits, and he’s very smart. I expect him to be a dominant linebacker who should make many Pro Bowls over the next 12 years or so.” – NFL.com’s Senior Analyst Gil Brandt.
Do you think Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will end up in the same class as future Hall of Fame LB’s Brian Urlacher & Ray Lewis?
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“Megatron [Calvin Johnson] was impossible to cover. Randy Moss in his prime: nothing you can do. But to me, (the Carolina Panthers’) Steve Smith was the toughest guy I faced. When I played him, he was just like me. He chose to outwork everyone else out there every day. That was me.” – Recently retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB Ronde Barber, when ask about his toughest assignment during his NFL career.
ROOKIE WR TAVON AUSTIN SAYS PEOPLE ASKING FOR MONEY IS HARDEST THING ABOUT NFL RIGHT NOW -
St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin is finding out that when you become a first-round pick in the NFL draft, you start finding out how many friends you have that are wanting money.
“Everybody expects a lot of things from you as far as money,” Austin told the Rams official team website. “Everybody wants to be around you. My phone doesn’t stop ringing now. It feels like they’re counting my bank account now. So that’s probably the hardest thing for right now — just people.”
Austin says people are coming out of the woodwork, long lost relatives he never knew he had.
“Oh, I’ve got a lot of cousins now,” Austin said. “The whole (city of) Baltimore is my cousin now. We’re just gonna try to keep focused and let my mother and all them handle it.”
Austin, who is from Baltimore, already has changed his phone number.
“So hopefully, it doesn’t get out again or I’m going to change it again,” he said.
Unfortunately this is what happens each and every year. Some people seem to think they should benefit from draft pick’s hard work. But the sooner those players learn to say, “no,” the sooner they won’t end up being broke and “friendless.” (Photo: stlouisrams.com)
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- KICKER JOHN KASEY SIGNING ONE-DAY CONTRACT SO HE CAN RETIRE A CAROLINA PANTHER -According to Carolina Panthers team officials, longtime kicker John Kasey will be announcing his retirement from the NFL today. t
The team sent out a tweet …Tuesday morning on its official Twitter account saying the “franchise’s all-time leading scorer will sign a one-day contract to retire a Panther.”
Kasay, known as the “last of the original Carolina Panthers”, was signed to the Panthers as a free agent prior to the team’s debut in the 1995 NFL season.
He was a member of the Panthers organization for 16 seasons and was released in July 2011. At the time, he was the last original member of the team left.
Kasay departed as the team’s all-time leader with 351 field goals and 1,482 points, and ranked seventh in NFL history with 433 field goals and eighth in scoring with 1,823 points. He has 13 game-winners in his career, 11 with the Panthers.
One of his six 100-point scoring seasons with the Panthers came with the 2003 team that reached the Super Bowl. That season, Kasay tied an NFL record with five field goals in a postseason game, helping Carolina knock off the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs. (Photo: Associated Press)
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