Last night, desperate to avoid writing a 20-page paper that's due a few hours from now, I started browsing Panthers statistics from 1995-present. I compared Cam's stats this year to passing statistics over our franchise's history, and noticed something.
In all of franchise history, none of our quarterbacks have ever thrown 500+ yards to four receivers.
If you expect me to draw up a statistical spreadsheet with receiving yards you've underestimated how lazy I am. (Go here and look yourself, you lazy entitled fuck.) It's there waiting to be uncovered. Current projections have our final receiving totals at:
Steve Smith: 845
Greg Olsen: 765
Donald LaFell: 720
Ted Ginn Jr. : 614
A glance at Panthers history shows that a a combination of Kerry Collins and Steve Beurlein is the only tandem that came close to tossing 500+ to four receivers (and that was split between two guys.) Most of the receiving statlines reflect a long and sordid history of big numbers to Steve Smith and fragments to whatever other potted plant was starting across from him.
What does all this mean, you ask? In fact, it means three things:
(1) The Panthers have good receivers, finally. Steve Smith is complemented by bigass redzone threat and seam-raper Greg Olsen, sneaky possession receiver Donald Lafell, and essential deep threat Ted Ginn Jr. (who might be leading that group in yards right now if not for two deep home run drops in two games [he had an 80-yarder in his hands against the Bucs a few weeks ago.])
(2) Cam Newton is spreading the ball around. His first two years earned him criticism for constantly locking in on Steve Smith and ignoring everyone else. Now he's spreading the ball around better than any quarterback in franchise history.
(3) The New Orleans Saints are really gonna miss Jabrari Greer. Who you gonna cover bitches?
The future is bright. On to the Bucs!