We now know that the Carolina Panthers are trading Daryl Worley for NFL veteran receiver Torrey Smith. For weeks we have heard GM Marty Hurney is intent on upgrading the Panthers wide receivers corps, but for the first time we have actual evidence to support that notion.
Smith is not a top tier receiver. Some would say he is not a second tier receiver. However, everyone can agree he instantly adds value to one of the worst units in all of the NFL last season. Not a high bar to hurdle, but here we are.
So are the Carolina Panthers done at wide receiver? I don’t think so.
As it stands today, the Panthers still have one roster spot to upgrade their receivers corps. Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith, Curtis Samuel, and Damiere Byrd are all locks to make the final roster. That leaves one spot open for either a free agent or a draft pick. I don’t see the Panthers signing anything but training camp bodies in free agency. My money is on a high draft pick.
Here is how I see this playing out. Russell Shepard was largely ineffective last season but will be kept around as insurance just in case the draft does not provide an adequate receiver. But when it does (and it will), Shepard will be released before June 1st. The new rookie receiver will take his position and the Carolina Panthers will have their receivers roster in order.
Personally, I like Maryland’s DJ Moore in round two. Moore can work inside in the slot or on the outside opposite Funchess if he develops quickly. Moore has the ability to contribute immediately wherever the Panthers need him to be. You cannot ask for much more out of a rookie receiver.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.