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Ted Ginn wanted respect, Panthers had other plans

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All Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn wanted was respect. And by respect, you can safely assume he meant dollars. Ginn made it known publicly via Twitter that he didn’t think he was getting the respect he felt he deserved.

After all, Ginn was the second leading receiver for the Panthers in 2016 as well as their punt returner. Indeed, Ginn had been a big part of the Carolina Panthers offense over the past two seasons, which includes their NFC Championship.

It is now apparent that Ted Ginn was not part of the plan in the “evolution” of the Panthers offense, and it has nothing to do with money.

The New Orleans Saints signed Ted Ginn to a 3 year contract worth 11 million dollars (3 million guaranteed). The Carolina Panthers chose to sign Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Shepard to nearly the exact same contract as Ted Ginn received in New Orleans. Shepard signed with Carolina for 3 years worth 10.5 million (2.5 million guaranteed).

On paper it looks like the Carolina Panthers literally replaced Ted Ginn with the much less experienced Russell Shepard for the same amount of money. That doesn’t sound like respect, more like the opposite. So what gives?

In a word, potential.

Russell Shepard is by all accounts a Ron Rivera type of player. Going from an undrafted free agent to captain of the Buccaneers special teams unit in only two years is unheard of. But can he play receiver? Can he show the same amount of talent and promise catching passes? Well, that question was answered last season.

When Vincent Jackson went down with injury in Tampa Bay last season, it was Russell Shepard who stepped up and helped fill in.

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston gave a glowing review of Russell Shepard.

“He’s a different person,” said Winston. “The way that he thinks, the way that he works, the way that he applies his technique. He’s a hard worker, he has tremendous heart, he has tremendous passion and that’s one thing that you can say about Shep. He’s different and when you’re different, that makes you successful. He’s just a great player for us, he’s one of our main guys. You all probably just asked me about him because he scored a touchdown, this weekend was a big game [for him], but if you look at film week in and week out, he’s going to show up and he’s going to be one of our key players.”

Here is the touchdown reception Winston was referring to.

This was no “gimme” touchdown. Shepard ran a textbook route in tight coverage for the score. Also it is important to note, Winston had the confidence in Shepard to make that throw. I would say that is fairly impressive for a receiver who was getting his first real chance to play.

Putting it all together, the Carolina Panthers saw a hungry young receiver just entering his prime that had risen to the occasion on every step of his NFL career. Can Russell Shepard continue to develop and become the much needed slot receiver and reliable deep threat for the Carolina Panthers? If the past is any indicator for the future, I don’t see why not.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Jake Delhomme

    March 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    So why did Tampa Bay let him go?

  2. Sam

    March 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    So glad I don’t have to watch Ted Ginn drop easy touchdown passes at least twice a week and fair catch every return anymore. We loose nothing in my opinion we still have Johnson, Shepard, and Byrd. All 4.3 or better guys. One will step up and be better and make us better as team.

    • Ted Ginn's Father

      March 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      FINALLY someone has the right opinion about this!
      As much as I loved Teddy Ginn he was WAY too inconsistent with his catching. Otherwise yes, he would’ve gotten that “Respect”. Money

    • Sid Meisner

      March 13, 2017 at 8:22 am

      5 drops 24th in the league last season… so reconfigure your math or your dumb comment

      • Sam O'Brien

        March 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm

        Ha, delusion is a curse my friend. I wish you well in the future.

  3. Eric T Heinke

    March 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I think Shepherd will have 500 to 700 receiving yards. Between 4-6 TD’s.

  4. Malcolm Existential

    March 13, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Ginn was inconsistent, but he made a lot of plays, even on special team, plus he was getting paid peanuts for playing a large role in team offense and special teams. Panthers will regret disrespecting him. No deep threats, no one to stretch the for Olsen and KB,no dynamic player on special teams.

  5. Earn Respect

    March 13, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Good riddance man. We gave you another chance when you couldn’t even see the field in Arizona and your career was garbage before that. I got so tired of watching him run out of bounds to avoid contact and dropping the important passes. Plus anyone 30+ year old with that whack a$& haircut should be let go.

  6. freeper

    March 14, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Ted Ginn wanted respect. Hilarious. Go get it from the team that drafted him #8 overall. You want to know who went in the next few picks? Patrick Willis. Marshawn Lynch. Darrelle Revis. Lawrence Timmons. All Pro Bowlers. (Adam Carriker would have been had he not gotten hurt.) Or get it from the San Francisco 49ers, who traded for him and barely played him, even on special teams. Or from Arizona, who signed him to a huge contract after he put up some numbers in Carolina, thinking that Carson Palmer would get more out of him than Cam Newton did, only to release him after 1 season when it was apparent that Newton was better than they gave him credit for.

    It is hilarious … a guy who has been in the NFL for 10 seasons and is still looking for his first 800 yard season (not Pro Bowl season or 1000 yard season but 800 yard season) wants respect. 25 TDs in 10 years. All but 6 of those were in his 3 seasons with Cam. 5 of the other 6 were with Miami when they were force-feeding him the ball to justify spending the #8 pick on him.

    And the biggest problem with Ginn isn’t his drops. Calvin Johnson had plenty of those. Then again the Lions never won squat with Johnson so … anyway, the biggest problem with Ginn was the fact that he was unable to get open on all but maybe 2 or 3 routes. And even on his best route – the fly pattern – defenses didn’t bother to roll over a safety because he could still be covered man to man. Out of all the other routes in the playbook, Ginn would either get jammed, bumped or flat out wouldn’t run it correctly. Look at his plays with the Panthers … most of them were due to either Newton buying time and forcing the defense to miss a sack by beating a blitz, or the defense making an error in coverage or falling down leaving Ginn wide open. Teams started to realize this and stopped blitzing Newton. When they did, Ginn couldn’t get open and they would still get to Newton anyway on coverage sacks. That was why Ginn didn’t put up any numbers last season when it mattered. For most of the season Ginn was invisible. Ginn put up most of his numbers after the Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs.

    The Saints have a much better WR corps than the Panthers even with Cooks gone, and Brees lacks Newton’s mobility and arm strength. He is more accurate and gets the ball out quicker, but it would take a WR who runs better routes and gets separation to take advantage of those. Ginn doesn’t do either, and if he did he would still be in Miami. Or San Fran. Or Arizona. Or for that matter Carolina.

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