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Jeremy Igo

Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver Projections - Week 1

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I don't know about putting McNutt on the bus yet. They gave him 1st team reps yesterday, along with Avant and Cotchery. OTOH they could well be just trying to decide whether to cut him early or not.

 

All WRs have gotten 1st team reps since OTA's. I don't put much stock into it.

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Little disappointed in Underwood. Ironically, the way things are shaping up Ted Ginn might have been our biggest WR loss. Going to miss his speed and return abilities.

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Watching KB in the first exhibition game is going to be very exciting IMO.

 

 

 

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Do you think we look for more talent on the waiver wire once teams start making cuts?

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Yes, there is no doubt. Gettleman has zero personal attachments with these guys (unlike his predecessor) and will pull the trigger at a moment's notice.

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hate to say it but at this point, I dont see us missing Smitty this year.

Erm.....that's ok to say. It's a good thing.

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We've got nowhere to go but up, as far as I'm concerned. 29th last year won't be hard to improve upon, even with a number one by committee type of thing.

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Why is height much needed when we have Benjamin and Olsen? I think a speed guy is a lot more needed for us than height.

I highly value height at the wide receiver position. Hopefully Underwood can be our speed guy.

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The sky was never falling...This group will be much better then last year's...and that includes Smith.Now the only caveat will be Shula's ability to get out of the way and let them play.

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I attended camp Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  I paid special attention to the receiver corp.  Granted I did not have Tuesday's camp experience to go on and this is still early and I'm sure things will change but here are my thoughts.

 

My picks heading the class:

 

1) Benjamin - Showing out, catching everything possible and more.  So excited to see what he is doing.  I reluctantly picked him as Panthers 1st pick in the draft.  (Didn't want him then but had a feeling he would be there and based on who I thought would be left had a feeling it would be him.  Picked and thought the same about Star the year before.  That makes me 4 for 4 since Cam.)

 

2) Avant - RELIABLE HANDS that move the chains.  So glad we got this guy.

 

3) Crotchery - Routes, leadership and knows his role.

 

Guys I see making a statement in camp:

 

4) Pilares - Looks like he is catching everything thrown his way and making some good moves after the catch.  Having a great camp in my opinion.

 

5) Bersin - WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT!  So impressed with his route running and making some tough catches in heavy traffic.  Good concentration catching the ball before trying to run with it.  Could become an outstanding possession reciever (Ricky Proehl anyone?).

 

6) Lucas - Just doing the right things.  Had to grab my roster several times saying "WHO IS THAT!?!?!"  Then I watched for his number in the rotation.  Doing a good job making blocks and getting off jams at the line of scrimmage.  He may be the dark horse in this race.

 

The rest of the bunch

 

7) Underwood - Making catches.  Seems the best of the rest but just not exciting me. (How in the world does his hair still stand straight up like that after taking his helmet off?)

 

8) King - Made one outstanding grab that stood out otherwise just average imo.

 

9) McNutt - Not doing enough to seperate himself from the mediocrity

 

10) Clemons - Who?

 

11) Brown - OK, this one I don't understand.  I'm hearing a lot of praise on this guy but it seems I've seen this one drop a lot of passes.  I MEAN A LOT!  Another thing I noticed was so many passes his way being so far off the make it makes me wonder about his timing and route running.

 

Something I need to do a better job of watching for is receivers doing their other very important role of blocking.  This is such an important skill that many of us forget.  This would be my biggest question for the rest of you huddlers that went to camp. Who stood out in this role?  I only noted Lucas for this because he had made some outstanding catches then noted who he was and his story and started watching him come to the line in the rotation.

 

 

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Do you think we look for more talent on the waiver wire once teams start making cuts?

 

i think we will look yes, for every position in case there is someone out there that we think will give us an advantage over/in addition to whats already on the roster. however, i think the chances are slim that we sign another receiver. running back, tackle, guard, and defensive back are the positions from which we may most likely pick up a TC cut from another team

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