CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Luke Kuechly spent most of his prolific college career chasing down anyone holding a football from the middle linebacker position.
He played some outside, but was mostly an iron-clad mainstay in the heart of Boston Colleges defense for three seasons. So when the Carolina Panthers selected him with the ninth overall pick in Aprils NFL draft, the question loomed that with Jon Beasons likely return to full health, could Kuechly see time on the edge, as Beason has made a nice living from the middle.
A day into minicamp and the answer was clear: Yes, Kuechly will play some on the outside.
Well start him on the outside and then well rotate him into the inside, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this weekend at Bank of America Stadium. Jon will be on the inside.
Rivera said Beason will also see time outside.
Ive talked with Jon about him playing inside and outside, as well, the second-year head coach said. Its going to be an interesting experiment as we go through t...