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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:33:08 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will have his fifth-year option picked up by the team, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Kuechly is starting the final year of his rookie deal that gives him a 2015 salary cap number of around $4 million. Kuechly will be tied to the team through the 2016 season, and his salary next year will be the average of the 10 highest-paid middle linebackers, which currently is around $7.5 million. Carolina has until May to exercise the option, and it doesn't preclude them from working out a long-term deal with Kuechly.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:02:35 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will not be fined after being ejected in the team's Week 7 game for making contact with an official. The NFL informed head coach Ron Rivera that Kuechly should not have been ejected for the incident.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:46:26 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly was ejected from the game Sunday, Oct. 19, for making contact with an official. He is likely to face a fine but isn't likely to be suspended, per a league source.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:39:51 -0800
There were no new developments in the contract situation with the Carolina Panthers and DE Greg Hardy. The team has two weeks to decide whether to use the franchise tag, which would buy the team another year to negotiate with Hardy. However, if they do tag him, it would consume nearly all of the team's unused cap space, which is a hefty price considering the team is looking to lock up franchise cornerstones QB Cam Newton and LB Luke Kuechly with huge deals in the next two years.
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:19:46 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly was named the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press Saturday, Feb. 1. He was the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year last season.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:02:29 -0800
Carolina Panthers C Ryan Kalil, LB Luke Kuechly and FB Mike Tolbert were named first-team All-Pro Friday, Jan. 3, while DE Greg Hardy was named to the second team.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:28:00 -0800
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy, C Ryan Kalil, LB Luke Kuechly, QB Cam Newton and FB Mike Tolbert were announced as Pro Bowl selections Friday, Dec. 27.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:58:26 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly was credited with 24 tackles in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints, including nine solo stops, one tackle for loss and a pass defensed. "I mean, 24 tackles in an NFL game? That's like a created play in Madden. That's not supposed to happen," SS Michael Mitchell said Sunday, Dec. 22.
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 09:59:21 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Chase Blackburn praised LB Luke Kuechly's football instincts and strength. Blackburn said Kuechly is very motivated even after a big year in 2012.
Wed, 01 May 2013 16:38:12 -0700
The drafting of Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei and DT Kawann Short will help keep blockers off LB Luke Kuechly, and head coach Ron Rivera emphasized their presence will assist the secondary as well. "They're going to help with the pass rush because the quarterback is not going to be able to step up," Rivera said. "A good front helps the back, and that's part of it."
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:21:33 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason said LB Luke Kuechly played well enough this season to remain as the team's starting middle linebacker.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:37:15 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (knee) said Wednesday, April 3, in a radio interview that he has the ability to play outside linebacker after spending nearly his career with the Panthers in the middle. "I've done great things, but things but I also know I have the ability to play outside. Watching (LB Luke Kuechly), watching him mature and make plays and seeing how dynamic he is, I just want to get out there and do the same thing." Beason said he believes he'll be ready for training camp.
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:37:05 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason is willing to play outside linebacker after the emergence of LB Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker this past season. "I was drafted as an outside linebacker. I can play the position. I am familiar with the position. Some people may think I'm built for the position," Beason said. "But what we did not know before moving to the MIKE, was that my personality is geared toward being a MIKE linebacker."
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:35:25 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has been named the 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:08:52 -0800
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said that Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o does not have the same abilites that Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly had a year ago. "Kuechly was a tackling machine. Kuechly was set for today's NFL," said Mayock. "If you could match up a prototype inside linebacker with today's NFL, it is Luke Kuechly. With his speed he's a pass first linebacker. He can play three downs. You don't have to take him off the field in nickel; in fact, he's going to be better in nickel, so to me Kuechly is made for today's NFL. Te'o struggles a little bit more because he isn't naturally built that way. He isn't as naturally quick or the natural explosion or the change of direction like Luke. But that doesn't mean he isn't tough, instinctive and smart."
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 08:52:56 -0800
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has been named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for December.
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:05:11 -0800
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera indicated LB Luke Kuechly could be the starting middle linebacker next season if he returns. He said Kuechly's skills indicate he is more of an inside linebacker while LB Jon Beason's skill sets allows him to play either inside or outside linebacker.
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:23:34 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (knee) will need surgery to fix his season-ending injury to his knee. LB Luke Kuechly will take over the starting middle linebacker duties for Beason.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:15:02 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said the team is still evaluating whether LB Jon Beason or LB Luke Kuechly will play at middle linebacker when Beason returns.
Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:23:35 -0700
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said he will have to talk with head coach Ron Rivera about keeping LB Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker or moving him when LB Jon Beason (knee) returns. Beason has said he would like to come back to the middle linebacker spot when he returns. Kuechly said he does not have a preference as to which position he plays.
Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:50:32 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly had a game-high 11 tackles and an interception while moving to middle linebacker in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks with LB Jon Beason (knee) sidelined. The team could decide to keep Kuechly at middle linebacker even when Beason returns.
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:23:47 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said LB Luke Kuechly could start at middle linebacker in Week 5 if LB Jon Beason (knee) is not able to play. The team has been reluctant to move Kuechly this early in the season.
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:43:43 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said the team will not consider moving LB Luke Kuechly to middle linebacker if LB Jon Beason (shoulder, knee) is not able to play Week 4 because the team does not want him to change positions this early in the season. Rivera indicated the team could use Kuechly as a middle linebacker in the nickel package if Beason is out an extended period of time.
Mon, 06 Aug 2012 15:13:09 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has performed well in pass coverage so far during training camp. Some believed it would take Kuechly some time before making an impact in that area.
Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:09:04 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason said he is willing to move to outside linebacker if the team asks him to this season. Beason has been working at middle linebacker during organized team activities but may have to move to outside linebacker if the team wants LB Luke Kuechly to be the middle linebacker.
Sat, 12 May 2012 07:09:18 -0700
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly will wear jersey No. 59.
Fri, 11 May 2012 14:56:57 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said LB Luke Kuechly will begin at weakside linebacker, but Kuechly saw time at middle linebacker in addition to weakside linebacker during practice Friday, May 11.
Thu, 10 May 2012 17:20:57 -0700
The Carolina Panthers signed LB Luke Kuechly to a four-year, $12.58 million deal Thursday, May 10, with all of the money guaranteed.
Thu, 10 May 2012 16:34:47 -0700
The Carolina Panthers are close to a contract agreement with first-round draft choice LB Luke Kuechly.
Thu, 10 May 2012 10:35:28 -0700
The Carolina Panthers have not decided which linebacker position LB Luke Kuechly will be playing this season because of the injuries to LBs Jon Beason (Achilles') and LB Thomas Davis (knee). The team may decide to use Kuechly at middle linebacker and move Beason to outside linebacker.
Sat, 05 May 2012 08:24:56 -0700
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix said the team would not have taken Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly over CB Stephon Gilmore if both were available in the 2012 NFL Draft because it is harder to find cornerbacks than it is to find linebackers.
Wed, 02 May 2012 12:21:43 -0700
The Carolina Panthers believe LB Luke Kuechly can play all three linebacker positions in the 4-3 defensive alignment.
Wed, 02 May 2012 07:23:24 -0700
The Seattle Seahawks were in the hunt for a quick and explosive defender with their first-round pick in the NFL Draft. In addition to LB Bruce Irvin, who the team selected No. 15 overall, Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly and Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron were also on the team's wish list, according to general manager John Schneider. "Obviously we felt strongly about Barron, we felt strongly about Kuechly as well, but we really wanted to address our pass rush. And it just fell to a spot where we said, maybe if we could move back a little bit, we could still acquire (Irvin)," Schneider said.
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:02:06 -0700
The Carolina Panthers will have a competition at linebacker after selecting Luke Kuechly from Boston College in the first round. Middle linebacker is his specialty, but that spot has been held down by Jon Beason (Achilles'), who is returning from injury. It's tough to see Kuechly sitting. LBs Thomas Davis (knee) and James Anderson hold down the other two backer spots; Davis is coming off yet another devastating knee injury and Anderson set a single-season record for tackles with the team last year.
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:06:53 -0700
The Carolina Panthers selected Boston College LB Luke Kuechly with the ninth overall selection in the NFL Draft.
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Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:07:48 -0700
The Buffalo Bills are attempting to drum up interest in the No. 10 pick overall in the NFL Draft by leaking information that they are considering taking a defensive player, such as Boston College LB Luke Kuechly or Alabama SS Mark Barron. However, a source indicated that is false, and the club will be taking an offensive player if they are unable to trade out of the spot.
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:15:24 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may consider taking Boston College LB Luke Kuechly with their first-round draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft because they could use him at either middle linebacker or outside linebacker.
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:58:01 -0700
The Buffalo Bills met with Boston College LB Luke Kuechly earlier this week. General manager Buddy Nix said he believes Kuechly can play all three linebacker positions in a 4-3 defensive alignment.
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 05:50:07 -0700
The Kansas City Chiefs could target Boston College LB Luke Kuechly in the NFL Draft should they remain with the No. 11 pick.
Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:29:21 -0700
The Buffalo Bills may consider taking Boston College LB Luke Kuechly in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:59:37 -0700
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly is expected to attend the Cincinnati Bengals' local Pro Day Tuesday, April 17.
Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:39:10 -0700
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly said that he plans to sit on his NFL Scouting Combine numbers with his Pro Day coming up. "I'm just going to do the position drills and be solid in those and go from there," Kuechly said. "I'm working out down here getting ready for my Pro Day. The first step was the Combine. The second step is your Pro Day, and the third step is the different interviews and business stuff you have to do. Right now the Pro Day is on my mind. I'll head up there. I have to go there and run well and be fluid. I'll go from there."
Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:37:35 -0700
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly is scheduled to visit the Tennessee Titans prior to the NFL Draft.
Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:36:07 -0700
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers prior to the NFL Draft.
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:22:58 -0800
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly could be a player the Philadelphia Eagles target in the NFL Draft. He made a great impression at the NFL Scouting Combine, and fits the team's need for a playmaking middle linebacker.
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:31:55 -0800
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly had times in the 4.5-second range for both of his attempts in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Tuesday, Feb. 28. He also posted 38 inches in the vertical leap and 10-feet, 3-inches in the broad jump. Kuechly impressed scouts the most opening his hips in coverage drills, while getting great depth on pass drops. However, he did not display a smooth change of direction.
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:10:52 -0800
Nevada LB Brandon M. Marshall posted the fastest short shuttle out of linebackers in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a result of 4.09 seconds. Those that followed included Southern California LB Chris Galippo (4.10), Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (4.12), Texas Christian LB Tank Carder (4.18) and California LB Mychal Kendricks (4.19).
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:02:46 -0800
Penn State LB Nathan Stupar posted the fasted three-cone drill out of linebackers in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a result of 6.84 seconds. Those that followed included Texas Christian LB Tank Carder (6.89), Southern California LB Chris Galippo (6.90), Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (6.92) and North Carolina State LB Audie Cole (6.96).
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:58:10 -0800
Texas LB Keenan Robinson posted the best broad jump out of linebackers at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a jump of 10 feet. Those that followed included Texas Christian LB Ricky Carder (10-foot-1), San Diego State LB Miles Burris (10-foot-1), Florida State LB Nigel Bradham (10-foot-1), Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis (10-foot-2), Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (10-foot-2), Temple LB Tahir Whitehead (10-foot-4), Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson (10-foot-4), Arkansas State LB DeMario Davis (10-foot-4) and California LB Mychal Kendricks (10-foot-7).
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:45:23 -0800
Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis posted the best vertical jump out of linebackers at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a jump of 36 inches. Those that followed included Kansas LB Steven Johnson (36), Nebraska LB Lavonte David (36.5), Temple LB Tahir Whitehead (37), Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson (37), Florida State LB Nigel Bradham (37), San Diego State LB Miles Burris (37.5), Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (38), Arkansas State LB DeMario Davis (38.5) and California LB Mychal Kendricks (39.5).