No. 84: Luke Kuechly

The Panthers last year were one of just 14 teams in NFL history to win their first 14 games. Unfortunately, they lost their last game, Super Bowl 50. Will the 2015 Panthers ultimately be remembered as a flash in the pan? Or will they be remembered as the first in a quasi-dynasty for a franchise built around a stifling defense and MVP quarterback? That all depends on how the team does in 2016. In order for the defense to maintain its level of dominance, Kuechly, its captain and most dynamic player, must continue building on his excellence.

— Andy Benoit

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