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#1 CarolinaPanthers8789

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:45 PM

I have some questions for you guys concerning our wide outs.

1. How many wide outs do you think the Panthers will carry this year?

2. Who are the wide outs that you think will make the roster this year?

3. What do you think the wide receiver depth chart will look like this year?

The reason I am asking these questions is because of all of the uncertainty regarding the position after Steve Smith.

Here is what we really have regarding each player...

1. Steve Smith- Number one wide out on the roster, no questions asked.

2. Legedu Naane- For right now, he is the number two wide out on the roster.

3. David Gettis- We don't really know what is going on with Gettis' injury situation, but from reports; it doesn't look good (If Gettis is out for a significant amount it should open up an opportunity for another wide out).

4. Brandon LaFell- He could be pushed by Armanti Edwards for playing time this year.

5. Armanti Edwards- Edwards is pushing every wide out on the roster not named Steve Smith, and should see some time on the field this year.

6. Kealoha Pilares- Worst case scenario, the Panthers store Pilares on the practice squad. Best case scenario, Pilares turns into the new Steve Smith in a few years.

7. David Clowney- Clowney is really impressing in camp, and is battling Pilares for a roster spot if the Panthers choose to keep six receivers. If Gettis turns out to be seriously hurt, Clowney should benefit the most.

8. Charly Martin- Martin has always found his way on to a Panthers roster or practice squad and he should once again find his way on to the practice squad this year (if he is eligible).

9. Jamorris Warren- Warren has been playing ok at best and should get a spot on the practice squad.

10. Trent Guy- I really haven’t heard his name called much, which sucks because he was always an explosive player.

11. Wallace Wright- Wright hasn’t had his number called much either this year and he really was only supposed to be an asset on special teams. I don’t expect him to have a job this year.

12. Darvin Adams- The Panthers may keep Adams on the practice squad just because the Auburn infatuation has taken over the Panthers.

What do you guy’s think?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:54 PM

I agree with the majority of your list.

I would say we really dont have a clue beyond Steve Smith being the number 1 being that we havent even had 1 pre-season game.

To me were pretty solid @ WR- im real excited to see what they have to offer. Freakin Love Gettis. If he's healthy, I want him as our #2.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:56 PM

Worst case scenario, the Panthers store Pilares on the practice squad. Best case scenario, Pilares turns into the new Steve Smith in a few years.


where does this pilares could be the next smith thing keep coming from? Maybe i 've missed something but i can count on 1 hand the number of plays he's made so far. I hope he does turn out to be great,but being the next smitty is a tall order. he'll be lucky not to be cut. with clowney playing well he could be on the choping block.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:01 PM

STOP comparing pilares to smitty just stop. I like his potential as a WR but just stop please.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:06 PM

I came here looking for a Gettis injury thread and can't seem to find it. Someone maybe link me to it? Or is there something I'm missing?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:07 PM

I came here looking for a Gettis injury thread and can't seem to find it. Someone maybe link me to it? Or is there something I'm missing?


We are all still waiting to find out what the injury is....:(

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:07 PM

we keep 6 and i agree with the list but would swap lafell and edwards based off what i've seen in camp. also to expand on naanee at 2, the guy is on a different level than the other wr's minus smith (tall, fast, great hands, crisp routes). the battle for 6 is a tie between clowney and pilares from what i've seen to date.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:09 PM

where does this pilares could be the next smith thing keep coming from? Maybe i 've missed something but i can count on 1 hand the number of plays he's made so far. I hope he does turn out to be great,but being the next smitty is a tall order. he'll be lucky not to be cut. with clowney playing well he could be on the choping block.


He's got all the tools to be a Steve Smith, Wes Welker, Santana Moss, Santonio Holmes type of receiver. He has been making plays in training camp (yes, I know it's training camp) and can only get better with time. The only negative thing that I really know about him, is that he didn't play against great competition.

As far as him being on the chopping block...I wouldn't really characterize a rookie by this term, because they can easily be stored on the practice squad.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:11 PM

STOP comparing pilares to smitty just stop. I like his potential as a WR but just stop please.


It's not a comparison it's a pretty simple

Best case to worst case scenario, by the way didn't you just make a Pilares "secret weapon" thread? Must be on the good stuff today huh?

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:17 PM

It's not a comparison it's a pretty simple

Best case to worst case scenario, by the way didn't you just make a Pilares "secret weapon" thread? Must be on the good stuff today huh?


Check my thread did i ever once compare him to smitty?

Pilares will turn heads this preseason but hes no smitty. maybe a Brandon stokely or wes welker. Also no im not on that good stuff yet its not 4:20 yet

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:22 PM

Check my thread did i ever once compare him to smitty?

Pilares will turn heads this preseason but hes no smitty. maybe a Brandon stokely or wes welker. Also no im not on that good stuff yet its not 4:20 yet


Hahaha, I hear ya. I'm not trying to compare him to Smitty at all, cause obviously they are on two different levels. I'm just saying, best case scenario, Pilares could turn out to be a Steve Smith type of player for this team in two or three years.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:23 PM

He's got all the tools to be a Steve Smith, Wes Welker, Santana Moss, Santonio Holmes type of receiver. He has been making plays in training camp (yes, I know it's training camp) and can only get better with time. The only negative thing that I really know about him, is that he didn't play against great competition.

As far as him being on the chopping block...I wouldn't really characterize a rookie by this term, because they can easily be stored on the practice squad.

Draft profile from NFL.com

Strengths- Pilares tore his PCL in the Hawaii Bowl and must first demonstrate that he is healthy. If he recovers from his injury, he can be an effective slot receiver. He has great foot speed and regularly separates from linebackers and defensive backs on crossing and drag routes. He also finds soft spots in zone coverage and is very difficult to tackle in the open field after the catch. He lacks the speed to stretch the field, but this converted running back is shifty enough to move the chains. Pilares will be a late round pick if his rehabilitation is successful.

-Pilares is thickly built and strong. Possesses quick feet and reaches top speed almost instantly. Runs precise routes and has a knack for getting open on underneath routes. Elusive in the open field after the catch and can run over defensive backs. Tough kid that is fearless going across the middle.

weakness-Short receiver with limited speed that is not a vertical threat. Struggles at times to maintain momentum in transition on double moves. Has a small catching radius and does not always secure the ball after the catch. Converted running back that is still learning the nuances of the position. Needs to overcome a torn PCL suffered in December.

The fact that he is not much of a vertical threat throws the smith thing out the window.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:26 PM

Draft profile from NFL.com

Strengths- Pilares tore his PCL in the Hawaii Bowl and must first demonstrate that he is healthy. If he recovers from his injury, he can be an effective slot receiver. He has great foot speed and regularly separates from linebackers and defensive backs on crossing and drag routes. He also finds soft spots in zone coverage and is very difficult to tackle in the open field after the catch. He lacks the speed to stretch the field, but this converted running back is shifty enough to move the chains. Pilares will be a late round pick if his rehabilitation is successful.

-Pilares is thickly built and strong. Possesses quick feet and reaches top speed almost instantly. Runs precise routes and has a knack for getting open on underneath routes. Elusive in the open field after the catch and can run over defensive backs. Tough kid that is fearless going across the middle.

weakness-Short receiver with limited speed that is not a vertical threat. Struggles at times to maintain momentum in transition on double moves. Has a small catching radius and does not always secure the ball after the catch. Converted running back that is still learning the nuances of the position. Needs to overcome a torn PCL suffered in December.

The fact that he is not much of a vertical threat throws the smith thing out the window.


I'm thinking more of a slot type Steve Smith, if you know what I mean. I guess I should have put someone like Welker first. I think Edwards and Pilares can both be above average slot wide outs, but hopefully one can step up and become a deep threat so they don't have to live in each others shadows.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:30 PM

1. 7
2. Steve Smith, Legedu Neene, Brandon Lafell, Armanti Edwards, David Clowney, David Gettis (IR) & Kealaho Pilares (PS). Will only have 4 active on game days top 3 and 4th will be someone to contribute on ST.
3. Order above

I was worried about our WRs until last nights practice. It was the first practice I have been too this yr but man did they look good. Legedu caught everything arnd him, Kealaho looked crisp in his routes and Armanti really impressed me in how comfortable he looked out there.

One big advantage Armanti has IMO is the fact that the 3rd QB roster spot has gone away. If we choose we can add Armanti to the active roster and as our 3rd qb if needed and just activate Jimmy and Cam.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for the updates, sounds like the wide outs are more impressive than people are giving them credit for...at least the people that have not been to training camp this year.


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