The Football Outsiders are doing a Red Flag series for each team, and of course our red flag is the position of WR. Being that it is from the ESPN's paid subscription "IN", I won't necessarily provide a link, or the full text (to keep the Huddle out of trouble), but I did quote the pertinent info. They also mentioned post-draft pick-ups (Arena Leaguers) and the fact that the time is coming soon when Steve Smith won't need a "counterpart", but a "replacement".
In February, we identified defensive tackle as the biggest hole on the Panthers' roster...Now, they need to find someone besides Steve Smith who can catch a pass. Smith is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns, but it has been a one-man show to an embarrassing degree.
...LaFell returns this season as Carolina's No. 2 receiver by default. He has one 100-yard game in his career, against Tampa Bay in 2011, and 91 of his 103 yards that day came on one touchdown catch. Behind him, the Panthers have a motley crew of has-beens and never-wases. A list of the veterans at the bottom of the depth chart:
• Domenik Hixon, a mediocre kick returner for the Giants whose best season as a receiver was an underwhelming 596 yards back in 2008;
• Ted Ginn Jr., an aging kick returner who caught two passes in 13 games last year for San Francisco;
• David Gettis, who gained 508 yards as a rookie in 2010 but has missed each of the past two seasons with ACL and hamstring injuries;
• Joe Adams, Armanti Edwards and Kealoha Pilares, who have a combined eight catches in six NFL seasons.
The Panthers did nothing to address this position in the draft.