IMO, AE came to this team with hidden hopes to take the QB spot from Pickles after he crashed in 2010.... Didn't happen.
So, that offseason he still had a chance... Then came Newton.
AE had to swallow his pride and try to become a Returner first (because at that point there really was no competition). So in 2011 he was putting his efforts toward returning, but with our ST guys blocking for him, even Smith couldn't get yardage.
Then we get to 2012. AE starts putting in work as a WR and shines in camp. BUT, being the 1st year of really trying to become that WR, he struggled under the pressure of games. He did however have his moments.
Now we are in 2013 and this whole offseason he has put in the work to become a full time WR. And it is showing. I went to camp last year and was impressed with him. But this year... He's a whole new player. I can understand people having their doubts, I do too at times. But I believe he will make a huge impact this season.
Expect #14 to be on a couple of highlight reels this season.