Gettis apparently remaking his name for himself in Sorenson's latest ...'Didn't you used to be David Gettis?". A wrinkle in the story of our receiving corps popped up Friday night, and not the plot has thickened even further.
Then he becomes David Gettis. On Friday against Chicago he leads the Panthers by catching three passes for 56 yards. In Carolina’s final practice in Spartanburg on Tuesday he’s perpetually open.
On one play he beats cornerback Josh Thomas off the line and sprints free down the left side. He’s open not by feet but by yards, several of them.
And, for those who believe Sorenson is just pumping the recent Gettis Kool-Aid:
Asked who played well in practice, coach Ron Rivera names Gettis.
Sorenson basically says that we will be keeping Smitty, LaFell, and Armanti Edwards. The rest are up in the air in his mind, including Domenik (Domenicked Up) Hixon.
That’s four receivers, and that leaves Gettis, Domenik Hixon, Joe Adams and Kealoha Pilares to compete for the final spots.
Hixon, whom the Panthers signed as a free agent in April, was often injured as a New York Giant and has missed most of camp with an injured hamstring. He was a favorite for the third receiver slot before camp began.
And, to Sorenson and many, Gettis was the best of the rookies in 2010.
Gettis, like LaFell and Edwards, was drafted by the Panthers in 2010, and as a rookie he was the best of them.
And the question that all inquiring minds would like answered:
If Gettis is all the way back, if he’s less a guy who runs fast than a receiver with speed, do you cut him?
At this point, I am thinking "Hell naw!"