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Keuchly Told He Will Start At Wlb


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Rivera:

On first-round draft choice Luke Kuechlyicon-article-link.gif: He's exactly what we thought he is. He's an athletic, big guy that runs well, a very smart football player, very sharp. He handled things very well for us, and I'm pretty excited about what we got from him today. He's going to learn and grow within our defense, and we feel very confident about his abilities.

On how Kuechly looked: He looked good. We put a little bit of pressure on him, stressed him a little bit having to learn both positions (weakside and middle linebacker). But we think he's that kind of football player, that kind of athlete - a very sharp, heady guy but very athletic and physical. So we're pretty excited about what he can do.

On the key factors in determining what position Kuechly plays: How he works with the other 10 guys on the defensive unit. It will be interesting to see how he meshes with them. He was meshing with a couple of guys that are part of the group right now. (Safety) Jonathan Nelsonicon-article-link.gif, who knows what we're doing, was helping with the calls; that really helped Kuech a little bit. I think it's good to see how he's going to interact with these guys. Then once we get him back here, we'll see how he handles things with the veterans.

On if he has a plan for what position Kuechly will play: We'll start him on the outside and then we'll rotate him inside. But he'll start on the outside, and Jon (Beason) will be in the inside. I've talked with Jon about him playing inside and outside as well. It's going to be an interesting experiment as we go through this, because we want to make sure we put the best unit on the football field and the best combination of players.

On Kuechly wearing the same number, 59, that Rivera wore in the NFL: There's no legacy for him to worry about there, so he'll be fine.

On how confident he is that linebackers Jon Beasonicon-article-link.gif and Thomas Davisicon-article-link.gif will be 100 percent: I'm pretty confident. Based on what I've seen, it's just a matter of time before they are 100 percent and on the football field doing things that we need them to do. With the combination of linebackers that we have, there's probably going to be five or six guys that will rotate and play in certain packages and give us some diversity as far as what we want to do on the defensive side of the football.

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Nice to see Jonathan Nelson get a nice plug in from Rivera on helping Kuechly out at rookie camp today. Nelson might be a surprising player if he could possibly beat out D.J. Campbell and Jordan Pugh for a fifth safety position.

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Panthers.com video "Luke Kuechly takes the field" ----> http://www.panthers....43-158c36640890

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BROTHERS OF THE SUN TOUR!!!!

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BROTHERS OF THE SUN TOUR!!!!

I fuging HATE that ad..... when the fug is that thing going to end.... Can't even mute the video.... FUG

/rant

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BROTHERS OF THE SUN TOUR!!!!

lol beat me

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Ron Rivera "We're pretty excited on what he can and can't do"

Oh Ron, you know Kuechly can do everything lol

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Pretty much exactly where I said he would play. Outside while rotating into the middle. Keuchly will be the long term MLB going into the future.

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lol beat me

Well I had my speakers up and it startled me. All I know about it is that there are 2 muscle t-shirt cowboy hat wearing d-bags coming to Charlotte to "sing" to girls who have the hots for them.

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That is all you have to do to fix this pass rush? The Giants are dumb for spending all those 1-3 round picks on D-Lineman. With smarts like that, Hurney WILL get us a championship this year.

Did I say that's all you have to do? Nope. I asked a question. If you're implying that you need a pass rush from D-lineman to win a super bowl, then say so. Don't need the condescending tone at all.

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I've felt that this Kuechly rotating with Davis mainly would be best for both players, especially Davis b/c it wil make him less injury prone. Actually both Davis and Beason, but as I said before, I'm more concerned about Davis coming off 3 than I am Beason. Our LB core is tight, I love it!

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