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The Panthers are currently lacking depth at defensive tackle Christian McCaffrey Jersey 2019 , a position that requires a rotation of large men to eat blockers and collapse the pocket. Where’s the Love?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomCarolina Panthers free agency 2019All out of love? Why the Panthers should re-sign veteran DT Kyle LoveNew,44comments The Panthers are currently lacking depth at defensive tackle, a position that requires a rotation of large men to eat blockers and collapse the pocket. Where’s the Love?EDTShareTweetShareShareAll out of love? Why the Panthers should re-sign veteran DT Kyle LoveBill Streicher-USA TODAY SportsWhile general manager Marty Hurney has done a commendable job thus far in free agency shoring up the Panthers weak spots, there is one player from Carolina’s 2018 roster who is still a free agent and should probably be brought back into the fold. That man — and that marvelous belly — is defensive tackle Kyle Love.The Panthers defensive tackle situation today is less than ideal. Kawann Short is a beast and coming off his second Pro Bowl season, so no concerns there. Dontari Poe was a big-money free agent signing in 2018 but didn’t have the impact many of us had hoped for (17 tackles, one sack, three quarterback hits). Vernon Butler hasn’t lived up to his 2016 first round draft pick status with just 45 career tackles and two sacks in 38 largely ineffective games. The only other defensive tackles currently on the roster are Woodrow Hamilton and Elijah Qualls.Depth is always needed at defensive tackle because players are rotated out so frequently to catch their breath. The position is often a four-man rotation where even the third and fourth players on the depth chart play a lot of snaps. In 2018, for example, Kawann Short played in 59 percent of Carolina’s defensive snaps while fellow starter Dontari Poe played in 52 percent. Filling in the gaps were Love with 47 percent and Butler with 33 percent. The defensive tackle position normally requires four capable players, and as of today the Panthers only have two in Short and Poe. All eyes will be on Butler in 2019 with the hope he has a breakout season and avoids the “first round bust” label, but if that doesn’t happen then the Panthers are shockingly thin at defensive tackle.Kyle Love has proven to be a capable rotational player with a reasonable cap hit during his five season season in Carolina. He just completed a two-year, $2.2 million contract and remains a free agent so my assumption is he could be signed to a deal somewhere near the $1.1 million he made on his last last contract Jordan Scarlett Carolina Panthers Jersey , but that’s just speculation on my part. While the Panthers have limited cap space, that’s not a bad cap hit for a proven veteran who can be counted on to play nearly half of then team’s defensive snaps. And as far as the cap goes, there’s a certain wide receiver with a $5.0 million cap hit who can still be released before the season to free up some additional funds (Torrey Smith, I’m looking in your general direction.)It’s hard to assess how productive defensive tackles are by just looking at traditional stats like tackles and sacks so let’s look at how both Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Reference graded the Panthers defensive tackles in 2018. PFF was high on Love as his 77.3 grade ranked No. 31 among interior defensive linemen. This puts Love behind Short (83.7) but ahead of Poe (69.0) and Butler (63.5). On the other hand, Pro Football Reference gave Love an Approximate Value (AV) of 2 in 2018, which isn’t good.This trailed both Short (8) and Poe (6), but once again put him ahead of Butler (1). At age 32 Love’s best years are probably behind him, but the Panthers should be in win-now mode and can prioritize production over youth in some cases. Plus, Love has shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, PFF named him as the Panthers most improved player of 2018. The big guy still has some gas left in the tank.Because the Panthers have more pressing needs to address in the draft than defensive tackle, bringing Kyle Love back on a reasonable deal makes a lot of sense to me. He would provide capable depth at a position that will always need it, all without breaking the bank. What’s not to love about that? This week I spoke with Jeff Hartman of Behind the Steel Curtain. He gave us the fan’s perspective of James Conner’s ascendance Jordan Scarlett Jersey , the Steelers rebuilt defense, and how embarrassing it was to watch their team tie the Cleveland Browns. The last one is the bit that worries me. I can’t imagine a better way to motivate a team than to tell them early in a season that they are exactly as good as Cleveland. We have Hartman’s opinions on those subjects and more to get you ready for tonight’s game.Cat Scratch Reader: James Conner has kept y’all from missing Le’Veon Bell too much. Is the kid that skilled or is the Steelers’ offensive line having an all-time run blocking season?Behind the Steel Curtain: I would say it is definitely a combination of both. Conner has a burst, and other skill sets, Bell doesn’t have, but he has also shown he can do everything the Steelers asked Bell to do from a running and receiving perspective. On top of that, the Steelers’ offensive line has been playing out of their minds this season paving the way for Conner and keeping Ben Roethlisberger clean. CSR: Speaking of offensive lines, Bud Dupree is finally showing his potential to beat them and become a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. What changed?BTSC: The hope is Dupree is a late bloomer in regards to his technique. When drafted out of Kentucky he was extremely rough around the edges, and actually never had an outside linebacker coach until he came to the Steelers. It has taken time, but Dupree is starting to look more competent each week, and less like a first round bust.CSR: The Steelers’ new look secondary seems to be pulling it all together. What weaknesses still exist for the Panthers to take advantage of?BTSC: Opposite Joe Haden is a black hole which has yet to be filled. Former first round pick Artie Burns was supposed to be the guy opposite Haden, but hasn’t played a defensive snap since being benched for tardiness to a walkthrough prior to the team’s Week 8 game vs. the Browns. In his stead has been Coty Sensabaugh. Sensabaugh has played well, but is the weak link on the back end of the secondary. Other than Sensabaugh Jordan Scarlett Carolina Panthers Jersey , I would suggest targeting rookie safety Terrell Edmunds. He takes bad angles and is certainly a liability in coverage.CSR: How embarrassing was it for Steelers Nation to tie with the Browns?BTSC: It was more than embarrassing. Some would say humiliating. While the Browns, and their fans, rejoiced over not losing a game, the Steelers viewed it as a loss. A big, fat L.CSR: What’s your prediction for tonight?BTSC: The Steelers are tough at home, despite their early season woes, and it is always difficult for the visiting team on Thursday Night Football. When looking up some stats on these two teams, it is uncanny how similar they are... in all aspects. Nonetheless, I like the Steelers at home vs. the Panthers. It should be a close game, and a high scoring contest. Steelers - 34Panthers - 26
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