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some Panthers notes and updates in this article

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The Panthers are on the lookout for a veteran edge rusher, but the team has plans for the recently extended Frankie Luvu. The fifth-year linebacker is on a new Carolina deal because the coaching staff believes he can contribute on the edge, according to Newton. In his first Panthers season, Luvu started four games but worked mostly as a backup. Among players who saw the bulk of their snaps as off-ball linebackers, Luvu graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2-ranked pass rusher — behind only Micah Parsons — last season. Granted, this came on just 249 snaps and produced just 1.5 sacks, but the American Samoa native earned a two-year, $9MM deal to stay.


Panthers defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon is not expected to be full-go when training camp starts, Joe Person of The Athletic notes (subscription required). The former Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year-turned-Carolina fifth-rounder is still recovering from the knee injury that ended his rookie season. With Matt Ioannidis in the fold alongside Derrick Brown, Nixon is in line to be a rotational presence in his second season.



also notes after Saints Penning may not be ready to start... "it does not appear he has seized the job for which he’s ultimately ticketed just yet. If Penning is on the bench to start the season, swingman James Hurst would be in line to get the call."

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I like Luvu but not really looking forward to getting run over on the edges once again, or it being obvious we switch our whole D-line when we suspect a team is going to run the ball, and they then proceed to carve up our shitty LB's in the middle of the field. I knew Snow couldn't adjust mid game but was hoping for some offseason progress. Not sure the 90 year old guy coaching the D-line has any fresh ideas either. 

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Penning was an obvious project, zero surprise there.

Very weird that Luvu has been so quiet anywhere else in the Pantherverse till this. Breakout player or quality backup is a big swing for a guy I  his 5th year. 

We ate going to need Nixon so heal up young man.

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Really hoping for Nixon, he needs more development but he has the length and athleticism to push the pocket. Hopefully he recovers soon and can further his craft!

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