Mac Attack August 2, 2012: Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly join the guys to talk about training camp, TD’s knee, and the rookie’s first season ahead.
Thomas Davis assured us that he is not having knee problems, despite some rumors that flew about him following a few missed practices.
“Me missing practice had absolutely positively nothing to do with my knees whatsoever,” said Davis. “I think you could call it a precaution because we sort of tweaked my calf a little bit, so we are just trying to make sure that we don’t have any issues out of that. Absolutely nothing is wrong with my knees. My knees feel great.”
Davis has had three ACL tears, but still seems to be making a hopeful comeback! He doesn’t seem focused on how amazing it is that he is able to return to the game. He is much more concerned with the opportunity he has to prove his greatness on the football field.
“I don’t view it as a historic event, but I definitely know that I am going to make it happen,” Davis said. “I have no doubt in my mind. I have a lot of people that are pulling for me and praying for me, so whatever you get out of that coupled in with the motivation that I have to make it happen I have no doubt in my mind that it’s going to work.”
His optimism for his personal game this year is synonymous with his optimism for the entire team. He said the bar has been set high on every level at Carolina this year.
“I think that the competition level has been raised around here,” Davis said. “You look at all the different positions and you see guys battling for spots, and once you couple that in with the offense being as good as they are and the defense coming along, it just makes everybody better. The competition level has been extremely high around here.”
Rookie Luke Kuechly also chatted with us about what it was like to join the team. He said he’s focused on what he can learn from the veteran players.
“I think the biggest thing is there’s a lot of older guys, and it’s beneficial to me to have guys that have been around and know the defense and have been through situations,” said Kuechly. “To hear it from guys that have been doing it makes it that much more important and easier to kind of grasp the concept.”
Like Davis, Kuechly is looking at this season with confidence. From a new player’s perspective, he still claims that this team has the will to make it happen this year.
“I think there’s just a level of confidence this year, and I’ve been playing football for a while,” said Kuechly. “This is one of those teams that it’s important to them and it matters. I think when you get something that’s important and it matters and you’ve got guys that can do it, it makes it that much easier to get where you want to be.”