Carolina’s quietest defensive lineman and a Panthers backup were first in line to cash in the checks the line wrote this preseason.
Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and defensive end Wes Horton set the tone of the Panthers’ 23-3 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.
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Lotulelei had already shed his block and scooped up the ball. The defensive tackle also made a fourth-down stop late in the second quarter that gave Carolina the ball back at its 45.
“There were some really good things up front,” said Rivera. “Probably one of the things we talked about was how the tackles had to play. And Star does this thing that people don’t quite understand, your linebackers get to run., and that’s when you’re a space-eater
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And they ran wild. The three linebackers combined for 16 tackles, two sacks for 15 yards, three quarterback hurries and a pass defensed., an interception for 23 yards
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And Davis certainly didn’t look like a 34-year-old linebacker. He made two of Carolina’s fourth down stops – the first of which was a sack on Hoyer for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter.
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