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Luke Kuechly

25-Year-Old Linebacker – Carolina Panthers

2015 Defensive Stats

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2016 Defensive Projections

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2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Kuechly has safely established legendary status and will be the consensus top-ranked linebacker for the foreseeable future. This is for good reason, as Kuechly has 592 career tackles (371 solo), seven...

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2016 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  7

HT: 6' 3"   WT: 238   DOB: 4/20/1991  College: Boston College  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Luke Kuechly Contract Information:

Agreed to a five-year, $62 million extension with the Panthers in September of 2015.

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Kuechly (shoulder) has been cleared for practice, but head coach Ron Rivera indicated the star middle linebacker will be eased back into action, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

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Luke Kuechly NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2012 21 Car 16 165 103 62 1 8 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
2013 22 Car 16 156 93 63 2 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 23 Car 16 153 99 54 3 12 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2015 24 Car 13 118 76 42 1 10 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Luke Kuechly – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Luke Kuechly
  2. A.J. Klein
  3. Ben Jacobs
Carolina Panthers

Snap Count Stats

767

Defensive Snaps in 2015

Luke Kuechly was on the field for 767 of his team's snaps on defense in 2015.

49

Special Teams Snaps in 2015

Luke Kuechly was on the field for 49 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2015.

Year Def ST
2013 918 58
2014 989 77
2015 767 49
Luke Kuechly 2015 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @Jax 32 2 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Hou
3 NO
4 @TB
5 @Sea 61 6 14 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Phi 81 5 11 8 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Ind 86 7 14 9 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 GB 76 3 9 6 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 @Ten 46 2 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 Was 34 2 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
11 @Dal 51 2 7 2 5 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @NO 61 5 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Atl 47 1 5 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 @NYG 75 6 15 10 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Atl 62 6 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 TB 55 2 9 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Sea 0 0 11 3 8 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs Ari 0 0 8 3 5 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Den 0 0 10 7 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Luke Kuechly
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   238 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.58 sec
GREAT
Shuttle Time:   4.12 sec
GREAT
Cone Drill:   6.92 sec
GREAT
Arm Length:   31.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   38 in
GREAT
Broad Jump:   123 in
GREAT
Bench Press:   27 reps
GREAT
Carolina Panthers Team Injury Report
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Luke Kuechly: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Kuechly (shoulder) to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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Kuechly is on pace for a return after getting rid of the sling that aided in the immediate recovery from surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "It's going to be a gradual process," Kuechly said. "Once everybody gets back I'll be able to do some stuff, but they are going to alter and modify what I can do. We have time so we might as well use the time."

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Kuechly is expected to rid himself of the sling that has so far aided in his recovery from a February procedure to repair a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Charlotte Observe reports. At the NFL's annual meeting Monday, head coach Ron Rivera said, "He's progressing very nicely. I think [the sling] is coming off this week. I know when you walk by [the training room], you see him doing the exercises."

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Kuechly is slated for offseason surgery on a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the Charlotte Observer reports.

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2015

Kuechly might have NFL peers, but only a few, and he probably has no superiors. Since 2012, when the Panthers selected him ninth overall, Kuechly is the only player with 150-plus tackles each year. Only four others in that span have done it even once, none twice. His seven interceptions since 2012 are second among linebackers, as he earns elite marks in all IDP dimensions. He's proven durable, too, never missing a game. And it doesn't hurt that he has a fine duo of defensive tackles in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short to keep blockers off him.

2014

Kuechly's 2013 season was a slight disappointment in IDP terms, as he was expected to lead the league in tackles, but he finished fourth with 156. Vontaze Burfict, Paul Posluszny and Kiko Alonso all finished with higher totals, but what's amazing is that each of them played anywhere from 100 to 200 more snaps than Kuechly. In other words, Kuechly would project to an easy lead-league in tackles if he hadn't played for a defense that saw just 975 snaps the fourth-lowest total in the league. His floor couldn't be much higher, and there's reason to think his ceiling will rise in 2014. The Panthers offense lost two of its three best players in tackle Jordan Gross and receiver Steve Smith, so Carolina might not be able to extend offensive drives as reliably in 2014. That means more punts, which equates to more plays for the defense and more tackles for Kuechly. Thanks to his unparalleled tackle rate and his ability to consistently make plays in coverage (six interceptions in two years), Kuechly should probably be the first LB selected in most IDP formats.

2013

Selected with the ninth overall pick out of Boston College after he posted an absurd 532 tackles in 38 games Kuechly lived up to every bit of the hype during his rookie season. Despite seeing fewer than 50 snaps in four games, Kuechly finished with double-digit tackles in 10 games and at least eight in three more. The result was 165 tackles (103 solo), one sack, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries, making Kuechly the choice for top overall IDP as no one at any other position separates himself from the pack by the same margin, and high-volume tacklers are always the most consistent point producers on the defensive side of the ball.

2012

Its extremely rare for a rookie to warrant a lofty ranking as an IDP, but Kuechly is more than a slight exception to the rule. Everything about his game is blue chip hes extremely instinctive, possesses rare athleticism (4.58-second 40-yard dash at 242 pounds) and, more than anything else, is exceptionally productive. Kuechly was a three-year starter at Boston College and totaled 532 tackles (299 solo) in 38 games, which projects to 224 tackles (126 solo) over 16 games. Kuechly won't carry that hysterical production to the NFL level, of course, but its reasonable to expect 120-plus tackles from him as a rookie. His IDP upside is further aided by his rare coverage abilities Kuechly also finished his college career with seven interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. As a top prospect with a three-down skill set in an annually bad defense, Kuechly should see a big snap volume as a rookie, and its likely hell capitalize in a big way.