The fifth-year veteran is coming off his best season since 2012 when he was a member of the New England Patriots, playing in 18 games, finishing with 21 total tackles and four sacks. He joined the team towards the end of the 2014 season and even started the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks in place of the injured Star Lotulelei.
Love had a promising start to his career after joining the Patriots in 2011 as an undrafted free agent and worked his way into the staring lineup, starting every game for them in 2012 and 2013. However, he was released after the 2013 season after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He had a brief stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars in between the Patriots and the Panthers.
One of the strengths of this Panthers' defense is the defensive tackle position with Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short as starters but it is the depth of the position as well. Last year, the team had Love and Dwan Edwards as reserves but who rotated into the game regularly.
The Panthers have replaced Edwards with run-stuffer Paul Soliai, who was signed by the team this offseason. The return of Love provides the team with that additional tackle that will keep this group fresh throughout the game and allows them to be disruptive in the middle of the field.