Kuechly Ready To Make Real Tackles

Luke Kuechly To Make Preseason Debut, Start Against Patriots

The wait is almost over for Luke Kuechly. On Thursday night, the Panthers middle linebacker will finally get to make “real” tackles when he makes his preseason debut in week 3 against the Patriots.

The third game of the preseason is considered the dress rehearsal for the regular season. That’s why head coach Ron Rivera wants to see all of his starters play against the defending Super Bowl champions, including Cam Newton.

Rivera didn’t say exactly how long Newton would play against New England, but the head coach was clear on what he wanted to see from his starting quarterback on Thursday night.