Panthers Notebook: Kuechly Flourishes in Beason's Absence

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Panthers Notebook: Kuechly Flourishes in Beason's Absence
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After Carolina drafted linebacker Luke Kuechly with the ninth pick last April, coach Ron Rivera tap-danced around the issue of whether Kuechly would play outside or in the middle, where the Panthers had a three-time Pro Bowler in Jon Beason. Rivera ended up keeping veteran Beason in the middle, and Kuechly began the year on the weak side. But after Beason went down with shoulder and knee injuries in Week 5, Kuechly moved to the middle and has taken off.

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