/Ranking NFL linebackers by team: Panthers, Broncos lead the way

Ranking NFL linebackers by team: Panthers, Broncos lead the way


USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes ranks and discusses the best defensive units in football.

NFL rosters are essentially set until training camps open later this month. In the meantime, USA TODAY Sports has analyzed each team’s depth chart and is ranking units throughout the league.

Today’s positional group: Linebackers

1. Carolina Panthers:┬áNothing has stopped Luke Kuechly save injuries, which have cost him nine games since 2015. But when he’s healthy, the man in the middle of Carolina’s D is the current standard bearer at the position. Thomas Davis, 34, continues to do it all on the weak side, while youngster Shaq Thompson began showing why the Panthers spent a surprise first-round pick on him in 2015.

2. Denver Broncos: Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller was recently voted the league’s premier defensive player by his peers in an NFL Network survey. Managing double-digit sacks in five of his six seasons is a major reason, but Miller can do much more than rush passers. OLB Shane Ray doubled his…

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