5 key observations from Panthers first practice back in Charlotte

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More first-team reps for Carolina Panthers OLB Frankie Luvu

With Haason Reddick sitting out this particular practice session, the Carolina Panthers gave Frankie Luvu the opportunity to build on some real momentum with first-team reps on Monday. The outside linebacker has been an exceptional contributor over the opening two preseason games and throughout camp, leaving many to suspect he’ll have a key part to play on the rotation in 2021.

Luvu was brought in from the New York Jets in free agency and seems to be thriving in a new environment. Not exactly new for anyone unfortunate enough to work under Adam Gase in recent years.

It’s hard not to love the way Luvu goes about his business on the field. The Washington State product plays every down as if it’s his last, bringing a sense of energy that his teammates can build off in pursuit of the same goal.

Getting meaningful reps with the starting unit is another huge step in the right direction for Luvu. There were few expectations on his shoulders upon arriving in free agency, so his rise to prominence has been especially welcome considering the lack of depth at the second level overall.

Luvu has gone from a bubble guy to a roster lock in double-quick time. Hopefully, for the player and the Panthers, this can continue when the regular season gets here.