how does one become a vet like that? not sure but i think they've got to develop or something like that...you know, get experience? learn? grow?
you don't find vets like that in FA very often and even at that, they are usually short term vets. i'm more interested in a long term solution and you just aren't likely to find that in FA, esp when you're working with a budget.
we don't need a singular player who demands the respect of the opposition opposite smitty because of the system and the guy throwing the ball and the multiple options he has in any given play.
would it be nice and beneficial to have someone else like that? sure. it's not completely essential for this team to dominate, though. i'm willing to sit back and see if one or two of the guys we have on the roster right now can grow into that. i actually believe that lafell is that guy and that this year we will see him garnering that kind of respect, but...with so many receiving options out on the field all the time and the amount of personnel defenses have to use to try and keep cam contained, we just aren't going to see any other person other than smitty get double teamed. they just can't afford to do that.
Rayzor, you talk like letting a WR develop and adding a veteran guy to the mix are mutually exclusive. We can do both. Teams do it all the time, sometimes with great results. I want a championship with Steve Smith in the worse kind of way. Not that it makes real sense (because I have absolutely no control over the situation), but if (looking like "when") Smitty doesn't get a ring this will be my biggest regret in life as not only a Panthers fan, but a fan of the NFL. I am emotionally invested. I am all in. Cam Newton has given me an inkling of real hope that this can happen. That's why I don't mind a short term answer. That's why I would have given Plax a look, would try and bring in Braylon Edwards, or work out Mike Williams. I am not so desperate that I'd bring in a T.O., but the fleeting thought has crossed my mind.
To me, it's crazy to think that depth impedes development. I suppose it can if handled in the wrong way, but our coaches (thus far) have proven that they are adept offensively, and a veteran WR is not gonna be a monkey wrench that breaks the engine down. You obviously put great faith and belief in a "system", but the most efficient "systems" are made up of quality parts. WRs still have to run crisp, precise routes and catch the ball. Perhaps the difference between being a good and a great WR is the YAC. You will never convinve me that systems make average receivers good, or good receivers great. There has to be something more to a guy to produce when necessary than just showing up. Professional football is too dynamic a sport to be that simplistic.