Dec 23, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) stands on the field during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Named 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year

Remember when we drafted LB Melvin Ingram and thought that he could get the chance for the defensive rookie of the year award? That disappeared when he was stuck on the sideline behind Jarret Johnson and Shaun Phillips and couldn’t get the reps to get any rhythm.

Will Melvin Ingram turn out to be a stud in this league? We should find out this coming season. Shaun Phillips is a free agent and the Chargers may not bring him back. If Phillips does return, Ingram should benefit from getting work in the offseason and should also benefit with the change in the coaching staff. The previous head coach didn’t like to send out young players onto the field.

This year’s defensive rookie of the year is Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly. He led the league in tackles as a rookie and he started all 16 games. The award was well deserved. Congrats to Kuechly. Hopefully our boy Melvin will make some good things happen for us next season.

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