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Love The Depth

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As the offseason progresses, teams make trades and cuts, and this sees a little roster shuffling from the 32 NFL franchises. One of those shuffles brought DT Kyle Love to Tampa, from the rival Carolina Panthers, Although Carolina was just the latest stop on what has been a nomadic career.

Tampa is the fifth team that has contracted the services of the former undrafted player from Mississippi State, with the Jaguars and Chiefs signing Love twice. During this time.
Originally picked up by the New England Patriots after the 2010 draft. Finding his home for a time but seeing very limited playing time, it wouldn’t be until 2011 that Love would become a fixture of the Patriots defensive line, alongside Vince Wilfork.

The 2012 season would see Kyle Love play in all 16 games and record 1.5 sacks and 25 tackles before being waived by the Patriots when he was diagnosed with Diabetes. After being waived, Kyle Love bounced between the Jags and the Chiefs without being signed long term and would have to wait until December 2013 to play in a regular NFL game, during his second stint with Jacksonville. Love would again be waived by the Jags and would see himself back in Kansas, although he was released two months later on August 30th, 2014.

Finally, in December of 2014, Love stuck to a team. Although again he would be cut in Carolina in 2016 before being re-signed by the team and appearing in rotation throughout the next 3 seasons, playing a total of 72 games over 6 seasons in Carolina.

Love might not have gaudy stats but fans can expect a reliable player who has experience of playing in the 3-4 defense as a nose tackle and at 310 lbs is capable of plugging the middle with his size and will no-doubt use the experience he’s gained playing in different situations. While he isn’t a contender for serious playing time, Kyle Love is a more than capable depth piece and has been around the league long enough that he could be a valuable veteran presence in a very young defensive group.

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