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On the Prowl 11/14: Kuechly Wins PFF Coverage Defender Award

Posted Jan 14, 2016

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KUECHLY WINS NIGHT TRAIN LANE AWARD: Pro Football Focus senior analyst Sam Monson reveals linebacker Luke Kuechly as the 2015 winner of the Dick "Night Train" Lane Award, given to the best pass coverage defender in the NFL. Max Henson noted that Kuechly set the goal of improving his pass defense prior to the season. Needless to say, Luke delivered. Monson writes that Kuechly played on another level in 2015, proving to be a mismatch for both tight ends and wide receivers. Kuechly allowed a passer rating of just 57.8 in 2015; the league average among linebackers was 102.5. READ MORE

KEY TRIO RETURNS: Running back Jonathan Stewart, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and safety Kurt Coleman all returned to practice on Wednesday and appear to be ready to play against Seattle. READ MORE

NEWTON READY FOR PLAYOFF MOMENT: Sunday's divisional playoff game is the kind of emotional, intense challenge that quarterback Cam Newton embraces, writes Max Henson. READ MORE

PERSPECTIVE ON THE PANTHERS: Charlotte Magazine offers five different perspectives on the Panthers exciting 2015 season. READ MORE

OHER UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Panthers Insider Mike Craft caught up with left tackle Michael Oher, who is excited about the challenge of playing the defending NFC Champs. Watch the video below.

NO EXCUSES FOR D-LINE: Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer writes that the Panthers' defensive ends are focused on making a difference in Sunday's divisional playoff game vs. the elusive Russell Wilson. READ MORE

REVIEWING THE RUN GAME: SB Nation's Cat Scratch Reader takes an in-depth look at the Panthers' multi-dimensional rushing attack. READ MORE

PANTHER PRIDE MONTH: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts signed a proclamation declaring January Panthers Pride Month. READ MORE