Panthers moving Kurt Coleman back to free safety
- According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, S Kurt Coleman will switch from strong safety back to free safety in 2017. Coleman played free safety in 2015, but was moved to strong safety following Roman Harper’s departure.
- Coleman finished 2016 with a respectable grade of 79.2, ranking 41st out of 90. This was down from his previous season (where he played primarily free safety) grade of 81.6, ranking 17th out of 87.
- Coleman lined up within eight yards of the line of scrimmage on 58.4% of his run snaps in 2016, compared to just 37.8% of the time in 2015. He ranked sixth and fifth in stop percentage within eight yards respectively, in 2015 and 2016.
- After recording seven interceptions in 2015, Coleman had just four in 2016. His playmaker index (percentage of targets into coverage a player earns either an INT or PD) dropped from 25% in 2015 to 17.6% in 2016.