When NFL coaches and players are asked to describe Cam Newton as a football player, you’ll most likely hear phrases like “high ceiling” and “limitless upside.”
There’s another Carolina Panther who has inspired the same type of praise – except he plays defense…and he’s a rookie.
Linebacker is not only having one of the best rookie seasons in the NFL, he’s having one of the best seasons, period.
Kuechly has been one of the few consistently bright spots throughout the Panthers’ rollercoaster ride of a season. He led the NCAA in tackles for two straight years at Boston College, and now the former Butkus Award winner has emerged as the NFL’s leader in stops through Week 16.
Kuechly is a fundamentally sound tackler, takes great angles to the ball, has deceptive closing speed and sheds blocks well. He’s also solid in pass coverage.
He possesses all the physical skills to be a Pro Bowl middle linebacker, but it’s his intangibles that make him such a unique talent. Kuechly has incredibly ra