Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers' New Defensive Leader

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Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers' New Defensive Leader
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With the retirements of bone-crushing hitters Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, Carolina Panthers' leading tackler Luke Kuechly is becoming the new model for the middle linebacker who can chase tailbacks, tight ends and even read-option quarterbacks out of the backfield. As NFL Network analyst Brian Billick recently pointed out, the position is evolving into one emphasizing athleticism and fluidity. ...

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