Surprising Former All-Pro Makes Appearance at Bills Training Camp
The Buffalo Bills began their week with a pretty surprising guest appearance at training camp. Former seven-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was in attendance at practice on Monday, which started getting the football world buzzing.
Unfortunately for Bills fans, Kuechly is not coming out of retirement to play for Buffalo. The 30-year-old was visiting with head coach Sean McDermott, who was Kuechly's defensive coordinator on the Carolina Panthers during his first few years in the league.
Nevertheless, it was truly bizarre seeing the former linebacker in Bills colors after wearing the Panthers' uniform for eight seasons.
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While Kuechly showed up because of his relationship with McDermott, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year helped coach the Bills linebackers with some drills. According to Buffalo Plus' Jenna Cottrel, Kuechly was spending a lot of time with fourth-year ILB Tremaine Edmunds.
Edmunds has become a part of the Bills' defensive core over the last three seasons. During that span, the 23-year-old has recorded 355 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and a safety in 46 games.
He's also been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons. However, his 47.9 overall grade on ProFootballFocus shows that some improvements can be made. If Kuechly can help Edmunds take his game to the next level, you won't hear any complaints from Bills fans.
There's no news on whether or not Kuechly's appearance on Monday was just a one-off deal or if it'll lead to another collaboration down the line. Regardless, the Bills would probably like to bring him back if it helps strengthen their championship odds.
Buffalo has +1200 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which puts them in a tie with the Green Bay packers for the third-best odds leaguewide.
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