Could almost see them counting him a CB at this point. Unless I'm forgetting someone, he's the reason Carolina only carried 4 CBs into the playoffs (White, Norman, Bene, Byndom), though they could view him as a safety again now that CB depth has improved.
I think it's a fair point in this context because there is a lot of continuity across the offensive and defensive units from last season. With so few new starters, one would think that the on-field results are pretty indicative of what we'll see in-season since there isn't much of a learning curve to travel. Last year Carolina had a brand new OL, a new set of WRs, DA at QB, a new secondary... very little of that this year.
Google says that is Mychal Kendricks, drafted in the same class as Luke. He has 209 fewer tackles, 4 fewer interceptions and 11 fewer pass breakups than Luke but 3 more sacks and 4 more forced fumbles. Clear superiority.