Dontari Poe has been a big-time player throughout his career. He signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers this past offseason.
He spent the first five seasons of his career in Kansas City with the Chiefs where he made two pro bowl appearances. His pro bowl seasons were in 2013 and 2014. He has been hampered by back injuries throughout his career but he hasn’t missed any time.
His time with the Chiefs was exciting. He was a key part of their defense while also having some exciting moments on offense. Poe had 156 tackles and 13 sacks in his five seasons.
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This touchdown pass against the Broncos shows off Poe’s versatility. You can’t expect touchdown passes out of him. But you can play him some on offense around the goal line if need be.
After his time in Kansas City he signed with the Atlanta Falcons. He had struggled in his last couple seasons with the Chiefs so teams were unsure about signing him to a long-term deal. Poe was willing to bet on himself with a one-year deal in Atlanta.
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Dontari Poe started all 16 games last season. He finished the year with 23 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He also had two tackles in each of the Falcons playoff games last season.
What To Expect This Season?
Dontari Poe signed a three-year $27 Million deal with the Carolina Panthers this past offseason. The Panthers being able to replace Star Lotulelei after he signed with the Bills is huge. Poe can have a similar impact on this team as Lotulelei did.
Poe is an extremely versatile player when healthy. His athleticism is generally unheard of for a guy of his size. In 2012 he ran a 4.98 40 yard dash at the NFL combine.
The Panthers will look for him to clog running lanes up the middle. He was great at that early in his career but when his back injuries came he wasn’t close to as effective as he once was.
Poe isn’t going to put up big numbers but that isn’t different from past seasons. His ability to take on blocks will be big next season.
He is gonna help the Panthers run defense while also being able to help rush the passer a little bit from the inside. He probably will only have a couple sacks next season but his impact will mean so much more.
Poe should start alongside Kawaan Short on the inside of the defensive line. Short has had a big impact on this Panthers defense. He had 27 tackles and 7.5 sacks last season.
His best season was in 2015. He had 36 tackles and 11 sacks that season which earned him a pro bowl berth.
The Carolina Panthers want to get back to the playoffs this season. Having Dontari Poe healthy will go a long way for this team.