Thomas Davis announced that 2018 will be his final season in the NFL, first reported by Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Media. 2018 will be Davis’ 14th season in the NFL.
Davis is one of the crucial pieces in Carolina’s phenomal linebacking core. Davis, Keuchly and Thompson are regarded by much of the NFL as the top linebacking core in football.
Davis was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2005 and was actually drafted as a safety rather than a linebacker.
Thomas Davis is the first player in NFL history to comeback from 3 ACL tears. Amazingly all three of those tears were on the same knee, showing the type of resilient player that he’s been throughout his career.
Thomas Davis is the Panthers franchise leader in tackles with 282. Davis has 28 career sacks, 18 forced fumbles and 13 interceptions.
Thomas Davis has been selected to two pro bowls and was a first team all-pro in 2015.
Davis has played in 11 career playoff games recording 38 tackles and two sacks. Davis participated in Super bowl 50 after breaking his forearm two weeks previous in the NFC Championship game. He also helped the Panthers reach the NFC Championship in 2005, his rookie season.
Panthers Sign Tre Boston
Once again, Boston has had to endure a lengthy stay on the free agent market before landing with a new team, as he had to do last season prior to signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
Boston return to the Panthers, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft.
Panthers’ Gerald McCoy Looking to do Big Things with Carolina Defense
Carolina Panthers new defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has his eyes on doing some big things in his new defense during the upcoming season.
“Greatness” McCoy said, during an appearance on WFNZ Radio. “I didn’t come for anything less .This defense, as a whole, can be so incredible. And if you add me, it just puts it over the top with what I’ve been able to do in my career. Little tricks of the trade, and things I have and see that a lot of people don’t see that I can help these guys up front see.”
McCoy is confident that his addition will bring Carolina’s defense to the next level.
“I know what I’m capable of. I know what I still have left in the tank, and I truly believe not only can I that same type of production, but I can go even higher than what people have seen over the past few years.”
Panthers’ Luke Kuechly Not Concerned for Scheme Change
Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Luke Kuechly isn’t too concerned about a defensive scheme change which will have him taking on a different role on the defense moving forward.
Carolina will employ more 3-4 looks into their defense for the 2019 season which will move Kuechly around from his traditional spots on the defense, but he isn’t too worried about it.
“It’s just football. There’s been certain looks that we’ve run in the past that mimic what we do now. So it’s not completely foreign,” Kuechly said, according to Joseph Person of The Athletic. “There’s just a couple new things here and there that are different, but pretty straightforward.”
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