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ESPN's Football Outsiders red flags the Carolina Panthers WR position


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#13 top dawg

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:40 PM

lol. we seemed to do fine in 05 and 08 with just smitty and in 08 with an old moose. Now we have an actual te and lafell, hixon, ginn and Cam. we are better than we think..in 08 we didnt even need a passing game

To be honest, they mentioned the fact that we had TEs and RBs who basically have outdone the WRs at different points over the years, and overall. I glean that in their opinion that the aforementioned fact is not to be praised, but scorned. They would probably argue that this is why we really haven't had success.  They also mentioned Moose, but basically keyed in on the fact that he wasn't even with us for a few key years.

 

Basically, I think they think that we have been fug-ups at getting Smitty some bonafide help, and/or maximizing our proficiency and/or efficiency at the position. I can't disagree with them.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:41 PM

There were a few years in there, yeah... but Lafell is developing quite well... Olsen is a solid target... I'd like to get someone to push and replace Smitty at #1 so we can shift him around some more, but we actually added depth at WR this year which is where I think we needed it.  Of our top 3 targets, we've got an elite receiver, a near-elite TE, and a good WR.  After that, things fell off.  That's (hopefully) changed.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:43 PM

Lafell had 4 TD's last year. 3 of them if i recall correctly came because the defense forgot about him (the one in tampa and the philly one) cant remember if the one vs Tampa was on the defense as well. The dallas one I'll give to Lafell. But i agree he has his moments but id like to see more of them since he's our number 2

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:50 PM

Olsen had 5 TDs and Smitty had 4.  We are not getting a lot of TDs from our primary receiving options.  I don't know if I would blame that on the receiving targets themselves.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:53 PM

Ted Ginn is aging? I need to have a child soon (or something) since I'm older.


He is entering his 7th season....and is the definition of a bust. Guys don't tend to break out at this stage.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:54 PM

Don't get me wrong i like Lafell, i just think he'd be alot better as the third option lined up in the slot. But thats just my opinion, doesn't mean much.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:56 PM

Olsen had 5 TDs and Smitty had 4. We are not getting a lot of TDs from our primary receiving options. I don't know if I would blame that on the receiving targets themselves.

Olsen has had more than 5 once in his career....

Smitty IMO has always been more of a yardage/big play guy than TD scorer overall. So at the tail end of his career I don't think an under 6ft guy is suppose to be a major TD scorer.

A vertical deep threat IMO would be the TD guy in our scheme....we just don't have one

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:58 PM

I think a "solid" #2 WR should have more than one 100 yard games in three years. That is an embarrassing stat.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:59 PM

With 91 of those yards coming on one catch, like it says in the article.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:10 PM

i brushed it off until that last stat...smh



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:12 PM

Why aren't there 214234 articles a day about the Patriots (who by the way have absolutely nothing at receiver)? Oh wait, it's because they have ONE (Hernandez is good, but not great) elite tight end. Well guess what? We have one of the best too. 4th in receiving yards and 1st in YPC other than Gronk who doesn't count because he didn't play half the year.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:25 PM

Is it the car or the driver? The more Cam improves, the better the receivers become. Additionally, we're not going to win by throwing the ball first. My sense is the we'll use 2 TEs/ 2 WRs sets more than 1TE/3 WRs. My biggest hope is that we can find a 2nd receiver to really stretch the defense. We can be dangerous if somebody, anybody emerges.