Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 8/8/12
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera gets pretty excited when he thinks about the potential of this years group of linebackers. Injuries ravaged the unit a year ago, but with former All-Pro Jon Beason is healthy again, Thomas Davis is close to achieving the improbable, and rookie Luke Kuechly has impressive upside. Rivera cant hide his enthusiasm. Weve got experience and speed back, Rivera said. When youve got Jon Beason in there and when youve got Thomas Davis in there its a different thing because these guys have played five, six years in the league. When you watch Luke Kuechly and his athleticism and some of the things that he does, thats exciting. Beason went down in the teams opener last season and never returned. Davis has played in just nine games since the conclusion of the 2008 campaign and is attempting to become the first NFL player to return after three ACL injuries. Kuechly was a tackling machine at Boston College the last few years and can play any of the teams thre...
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