Winston's stats don't bother me. He struggled all game, had 5 turnovers by himself, and they played from behind so they had to pass more. He had to throw the ball 40+ times to get close to 300. He had 4 picks in there as well. Minus his garbage time drive with our backups on the field, he had closer to 200 yards, 1 TD and 4 picks. We owned him. The rushing yards were somewhat concerning but understandable considering we were playing 2 new guys extensively on the DL who might not be familiar with gap responsibilities yet (Delaire specifically, he got an earful from Edwards after the one rushing TD. He might have been out of place). Couple that fact with we didn't have Luke, a guy that can single handed stop a rushing attack, and I'm not that concerned after all. The running game does concern me. It'd be nice to have an established runner take heat off Cam. But we can only hope the O-Line jells and things go smoother the last 3/4 of the season in that regard.
I'm more interested in QB hurries at this point in his career. If he is getting close to the QB, then the sacks will eventually come. Same thing happened with Hardy and CJ. They were always getting pressure on the QB their first couple years, they just weren't quite getting there. Give him another year and as the game slows down for him and he bulks up a little bit more, those hurries turn into sacks.
Counter argument: He didn't lose because we haven't lost yet. Could the WR play better? Absolutely. Is it a weakness? of Course. Is it the reason we have lost games so far? Nope, because we haven't lost yet we're 4-0 and everything is amazing and I can't hear you lalalalalala
Fair enough, but I think they were treating Ginn as that Vet #2 guy you were talking about from the get-go which is why they were so less panicked about getting another WR than everyone else. From all reports, it seemed like Ginn had the #2 spot locked up in training camp until Funchess came into his own with Brown and Cotch splitting time at 3 in the slot. There's also the possibility that they kicked the tires on one or most of the guys you listed but a deal couldn't be struck due to Gettleman not overpaying for guys like them. If you will remember it came out the offseason afterwards that Jacoby Jones came into visit the Panthers and was deciding on them and the Ravens the year he signed with the Ravens and they won the Super Bowl.
You can't include James Jones on that list because he was never an option. He was going back to the Pack the moment he was cut. The rest, all signed during the offseason and not after Benji went down. With Benji on the team we all were expecting big things from our receivers this year. Funchess was supposed to come along slowly and develop into our #2, not be thrust into an expanded role out of necessity. We were in much better shape this offseason with the WR talent we had then we were last year until Benjamin got hurt. There was no reason to bring in any of the guys you listed unless it was at a team friendly rate.
Have you never seen a guy get a concussion before? Obviously not because you are talking out of your ass. A concussion IS a brain injury. They take time to heal. Specifically concussions that leave you punch drunk like the one Luke suffered. He wasn't out cold, which is worse. He'll be back in due time.