Cam Newton had a sense of what the Panthers were getting when they drafted Kuechly, having seen him up close at the IMG academy. In training camp, Newton says Kuechly’s play recognition has forced the quarterback to throw passes into the ground because the rookie has destroyed the play.
"Luke is a wonderful person. Secondly, he’s an unbelievable football player," Newton says.
"Looking at him, you don’t think he has that fierce attitude on the field but looks may be deceiving."
Beason says he and Kuechly have had several long conversations, not just about football, but about other things.
"Some guys could be real shut off to you. Jon and all the guys have been very helpful and willing to help me out," Kuechly says. For me, it’s just go in and listen and do what I’m told at this point. I’m the young guy. You’ve got to earn the respect.
The veterans still make the rookie carry their shoulder pads as is NFL tradition -- Kuechly could be seen trudging up the hill from practice Thursday night, carrying Beason and Anderson’s equipment in the muggy heat -- but they’ve brought him into their circle.
"He is a rookie but we’ve opened the door and said you’re one of us," Beason says. "We don’t treat him like a rookie and we don’t expect him to play like that, either."
just out of curiosity, what is The Golden Calf of Bristol?
69. There's a virginity joke in there somewhere.
The Golden Calf of Bristol is an excellent athlete with good size and adequate arm strength. He is a better athlete than a pure quarterback. He is an outstanding runner and can improvise effectively out of the pocket. His accuracy has been inconsistent, but he is an instinctive player who can make plays with both his legs and his arm when protection breaks down. The Golden Calf of Bristol has outstanding leadership qualities but is still a work in progress.
Newton silenced his critics with a great rookie season. He has all the physical tools you want in a quarterback: size, speed, arm strength, escape ability and physical strength. He is huge and has the kind of foot speed and quickness to avoid the rush, extend the pocket and make a good throw on the move. He needs some work on refining his mechanics when he does not have time to set his feet under him, but he has enough of an arm to make all the throws without getting set. He needs to work on going through all of his progressions and hitting the most open receiver; he will tend to force the ball now and then. With normal progression he should develop into an elite quarterback who can carry a team.
By comparison, Aaron Rodgers is rated a 97, Payton Manning is 90, Tony Romo is 85, and Matt Stafford is also at 84. Matty Ice is 83 along with Vick.
1.) I doubt anyone here knows how to grade tackles. There's more to the position than sacks and pressures given up, and the QB is primarily responsible for being sacked. Notice how Peyton Manning is a statue but avoids sacks incredibly well.
2.) Otah was never all that good of a pass-blocker, anyways. His monster run blocking covered his weakness in pass protection.
3.) Bell improved as the season went on, and considering the fact that he went from laying carpet to starting on a top five offense shows he can handle the work it takes to improve.
How is this even remotely related to Charlotte being or not being a major city?
Many of the residents I know of Charlotte simultaneously want to talk up Charlotte as being on the level of cities like Atlanta and New York and then lament it "losing its small-town charm." Pick a damn side and stick with it. Fowler's attitude of being OK with Cam charging for autographs anywhere but Charlotte is an example of this retarded attitude. He's a big boy in a major city, charge the hell out of 'em.