Carolina Panthers: 3 most important players on defense
“Superman” as they call Luke Kuechly is set to enter 2019 in a different role. Gone are the days when he can rely on other veteran players to help him out. Now, he is a veteran player helping the younger guys out. Even still, he should prove to be an effective player, as he has been his entire career.
In 2018, Kuechly was selected to the Pro Bowl and was a First-Team All-Pro. He played in 16 games starting all of them and recorded 130 tackles and two sacks. The 130 tackles were his most since the 2014 season when he recorded 171. With 977 tackles in his career, this guy has been playing well for years. Although injuries may have slowed him down, they have not slowed down his passion for the game of football. I can certainly see him making another Pro Bowl next year.
He is going to be the glue that holds the unit together. He has been playing at a high level for years, and he will undoubtedly be the bridge between the veteran defensive line and the younger linebacking unit. I’m excited to see what he can do as he adjusts to his new role.