5 Panthers who boosted their stock during Patriots joint practices

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Frankie Luvu
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Frankie Luvu – Carolina Panthers OLB

There is growing momentum surrounding Frankie Luvu and his potential for a significant leap in 2022. The outside linebacker was rewarded with a two-year deal from the Carolina Panthers this offseason after a standout first year with the franchise and his performance levels throughout the summer indicate he’ll be a key cog in whatever success comes their way.

Luvu’s ability to motivate and inspire has come across an untold amount during the preparation period. The Washington State product is also making the most of starting responsibilities after Haason Reddick left in free agency for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Last year’s free-agent signing from the New York Jets has been a revelation. Something that continued throughout Carolina’s joint practices with the New England Patriots.

One thing that sets Luvu apart is his ability to react. He also boasts enough short-area quickness to reach his target and make a play more often than not.

The Panthers are expected to slot Luvu in opposite fellow outside linebacker Shaq Thompson at the second level. Although there are some concerns about the interior for the third straight season since Luke Kuechly’s shock retirement, Matt Rhule and his staff can relax safe in the knowledge they have a productive tandem operating on the edge.

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