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Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis Named NFC Defensive Player of Month
November 28th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
For Thomas Davis, the biggest challenges reap the biggest rewards. The Panthers linebacker rewrote history last season by becoming the first NFL player to recover and return from three ACL tears, which he suffered in consecutive years from 2009 to 2011. But Davis' inspirational comeback is more than a feel-good story; He's...

Carolina Panthers Midseason Report Card: Defensive Line and Linebackers
November 6th, 2013 at 10:05 AM
After an 0-2 start, the Carolina Panthers have won four straight and five of six to improve to 5-3 and pull within one game of the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South lead. With 2013 NFL regular season officially halfway over, Panthers 101 is dishing out its midseason report card. Today,...

A Panthers 101 Farewell to Linebacker Jon Beason
October 8th, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Many players have worn a Carolina Panthers uniform; only a few have transcended it. Throughout its 19-year history, only a handful of players have truly left an indelible mark on the franchise: Sam Mills, Kevin Greene, Wesley Walls, Mushin Muhammad, Mike Minter, Julius Peppers, John Kasay, Jake Delhomme, Steve Smith. The recently traded Jon Beason belongs on...

Carolina Panthers Send LB Jon Beason to New York Giants for Late-Round Draft Pick
October 4th, 2013 at 7:35 PM
The Carolina Panthers traded linebacker Jon Beason to the New York Giants on Friday, according to multiple sources. The Panthers will reportedly receive a late-round draft in exchange for the three-time Pro Bowler, whose career has been derailed by injuries over the last few seasons. For Beason, the writing was on the...

Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason Restructures Contract
July 29th, 2013 at 7:01 AM
Jon Beason agreed to rework his contract to help give the cap-strapped Carolina Panthers additional wiggle room in the team's air-tight budget. ***PHOTO1*** According to the Charlotte Observer, the seventh-year linebacker - who was slated to make $5.5 million this season with a $9.5 million cap number - declined to disclose the...

Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly Earning High Praise from Coaches, Teammates
May 29th, 2013 at 7:15 AM
***PHOTO1***Luke Kuechly might be the most overlooked young player in the NFL. With 164 tackles last season, the Carolina Panthers linebacker became the first rookie to lead the league in stops since the 49ers' Patrick Willis in 2007. While the Associated Press voters recognized Kuechly's exploits by naming him Defensive Rookie of...

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Ranks 79th on NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ List
May 10th, 2013 at 2:31 PM
Linebacker Luke Kuechly became the second Carolina Panther to be featured on the NFL Network's annual 'Top 100' list. Last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year was named the 79th best player in the NFL on Thursday's episode of "The Top 100 Players of 2013," which unveiled the players ranked 71st...

Carolina Panthers Restructure Jordan Gross’ Contract, Sign LB Chase Blackburn
March 30th, 2013 at 6:05 AM
Panthers, Gross rework deal Jordan Gross finally came around. After a few weeks of uncertainty, the veteran left tackle finally agreed to restructure his contract, the Charlotte Observer reported on Wednesday. The move dropped his salary cap figure by close to $7 million. Gross, 32, was slated to make $8.7 million this season...

Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly Wins Defensive Rookie of Year
February 3rd, 2013 at 12:25 AM
The future is bright for the Carolina Panthers. For the second consecutive year, a first-year Panther took home Rookie of the Year honors. One year after quarterback Cam Newton won Offensive Rookie of the Year, linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the top defensive rookie at the NFL Honors awards program at the...

Carolina Panthers Found Gem in Linebacker Luke Kuechly
January 26th, 2013 at 7:53 PM
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 Luke Kuechly not only had...

Carolina Panthers Hire Al Holcomb as Linebackers Coach
January 25th, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Continuity on the coaching staff has been the theme of the Carolina Panthers' brief but busy offseason. Over the past two weeks, the team has filled four vacant positions with in-house candidates.   On Friday, the Panthers finally elected to hire an outsider. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, New York Giants assistant...

Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly Named NFC Defensive Rookie of Month
January 5th, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Panthers rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December on Thursday. ***PHOTO1*** The former Boston College standout recorded a sack, interception and league-best 59 tackles during a month where Carolina went 4-1. Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was the only other player to record at least 50...

Carolina Panthers Latest News and Notes: Kuechly Honored; Nakamura Shut Down; Hardy Heckles Falcons Kicker
December 12th, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Kuechly Named NFC Defensive Player of Week Rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly is undoubtedly the brightest part of the Carolina Panthers' disappointing 4-9 season. ***PHOTO1*** The ninth overall pick recorded 16 tackles in last Sunday's win against the Atlanta Falcons, propelling him to number one in the NFL with 130 stops on the season. "It's...

Carolina Panthers Latest News and Notes
August 9th, 2012 at 9:15 PM
Beason and Davis to miss preseason opener After pulling his hamstring on Wednesday and missing practice on Thursday, Panthers linebacker Jon Beason will not play in the team’s first preseason game against the Houston Texans on Saturday. The sixth-year pro ruptured his Achilles in last year’s season opener, and head coach...

Jon Beason Would Move to Outside LB for Luke Kuechly
July 19th, 2012 at 10:24 PM
With a resume that includes three first-team All-American honors, a Butkus Award, a Lombardi Award and a myriad of other accolades, rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly's reputation precedes him. ***PHOTO1*** Consequently, it would only be natural for middle linebacker Jon Beason, whose durability is now being questioned after missing all of last...

Carolina Panthers First-Round Pick Luke Kuechly Embraces Rookie Role at OTAs
June 4th, 2012 at 6:09 PM
The Carolina Panthers selected linebacker Luke Kuechly in April's draft with hopes that he would become a staple in the team's defense for years to come. However, the former Boston College standout must first go through an important rite of passage. At OTAs, Kuechly has been carrying the helmets of his fellow...

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis Brimming with Confidence About His Recovery, Next Season
June 1st, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Although many fans are skeptical that he can even make it through the whole season, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has little doubt that he will not only make a successful return, but also help lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. “I am looking forward to playing the full...

Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason Held Out of OTAs
May 24th, 2012 at 9:32 PM
After a litany of injuries decimated the Carolina Panthers defense last season, the team has decided to err on the side of caution with linebacker Jon Beason. Beason had surgery last September to repair a torn Achilles he suffered in last year's season opener. While confident about his recovery, the 27-year-old...

Carolina Panthers First-Round Pick Luke Kuechly Will Play Outside Linebacker
May 12th, 2012 at 9:53 AM
When the Carolina Panthers drafted linebacker Luke Kuechly with the ninth overall pick, many wondered how exactly he would fit into the defense. Now we know. After Friday's rookie minicamp, head coach Ron Rivera tentatively declared that Kuechly will play weak-side linebacker, keeping Jon Beason in the middle. “We’ll start him on the...

Carolina Panthers Sign Top Draft Pick Luke Kuechly, According to Reports
May 10th, 2012 at 9:08 PM
Exactly two weeks after they drafted him ninth overall, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with Luke Kuechly. The former Boston College Eagle agreed to a four-year deal, worth $12.58 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. According to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, Kuechly was one of the best players...