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Wide Receiver Roundup

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At this point in time I feel like an offensive tackle in the first round will produce better results than a wide receiever. These FA WRs are all guys who are capable of 40 receptions that will benefit from a solid run game and more time for Cam to throw more than a rookie sensation taking the defenses attention.

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I wonder what our plans are for Joe Webb.. I doubt he's coming in as a pure QB, and expect to see him at wideout sometimes. But I don't know maybe we'll just cut him right when Cam gets back.

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I wonder what our plans are for Joe Webb.. I doubt he's coming in as a pure QB, and expect to see him at wideout sometimes. But I don't know maybe we'll just cut him right when Cam gets back.

 

Cam is coming off ankle surgery and won't be available for OTA's and will have fewer snaps in camp and possibly preseason.

 

 

Enter Joe Webb....

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Actually Tiquan Underwood played a year with Tom Brady. I would definitely call him a legitimate qb.

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At this point in time I feel like an offensive tackle in the first round will produce better results than a wide receiever. These FA WRs are all guys who are capable of 40 receptions that will benefit from a solid run game and more time for Cam to throw more than a rookie sensation taking the defenses attention.

Yeah I don't agree. Unless Lewan or Martin drop none of the OT after that are solid 1st round picks. There will be at least 6 Wr rated higher as BPA after the 4 top Ot are gone.

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In summary, the Panthers are a draft pick or two away from actually having improved their wide receiver roster without spending much money to do so.

 

Great bottom line. 

 

I wish people understood how much the slow-playing gets us.  We have 2 solid--not flashy, but solid---high character guys added for a fraction of what the flashy free agents wanted in early March.  We are allowing our youth to develop, and I fully expect the Panthers to tap into the talent pool at WR in the draft.

 

If you think about what it will cost to sign a first round draft pick and two seasoned veterans, we duplicated or surpassed our entire production from 2014 for less than what it would have cost to re-sign Lafell and Ginn.  In addition, we were able to step away from Smith's contract, which would have become a nightmare next year and the one after that. 

 

Cotchery and Avant and Marquis Lee, for example, is exciting.  All have tremendous hands. It will be nice to see balls not hitting the turf. 

 

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The Carolina Panthers have made quite a few small moves at wide receiver this offseason, I think a roundup is in order for the casual fan.

Featured on their roster are nine total wide receivers.

Jason Avant, 6'0, 9 years exp

Brenton Bersin, 6'3, 1 year exp

Toney Clemmons, 6'2, 1 year exp

Jerricho Cotchery, 6'1, 11 years exp

Tavarres King, 6'1, 2 years exp

Marvin McNutt, 6'2, 2 years exp

Kealoha Pilares, 5'10, 4 years exp

Tiquan Underwood, 6'1, 6 years exp

RJ Webb, 6'2, 2 years exp

The Panthers typically keep up to 5 receivers on their regular season roster. Looking at this list, one could speculate that Bersin, Clemmons, Webb, and King are the odd men out. If the Panthers do draft one or more wide receivers in May, McNutt and Pilares are on the bubble. Yes, I know McNutt almost caught one pass against Atlanta last season. Cut it out.

This leaves the main players on the roster currently. Here is a bit on them individually.....

Jerricho Cotchery - The field general of the group. A solid number three with veteran savvy and more importantly an ability to make those around him better. A real asset in the locker room, perhaps a mentor for the younger guys (possibly drafted?).

Tiquan Underwood - A former 7th round selection that has managed to stick in the NFL and produce. You should not discount that fact, it shows real drive. He had 4 touchdowns last season and averages 18 yards a reception while being thrown to by inferior talent in Tampa Bay. Underwood could be poised to have a break out year with an actual legitimate QB for the first time in his career. Possible number 2 talent and an upgrade over Brandon Lafell depending on his ceiling.

Jason Avant - The most recent Panthers signing. Possibly a number 2 for the Panthers. Avant had a down year last year for the eagles. This was possibly due to Chip Kelly's offense spreading the ball around more. Before then, Avant had three consecutive seasons with over fifty completions.

The good news is the Panthers have not downgraded all that much from last season.

Many in the media are pointing out that the Panthers do not have a number one receiver on the roster. While this is true, one could argue they did not truly have a number one receiver last season either. A good indication of this is the fact that TE Greg Olsen led the team in receptions.

In summary, the Panthers are a draft pick or two away from actually having improved their wide receiver roster without spending much money to do so.

None of these guys have long term deals so nobody is truly a lock for the roster. Cotchery maybe the closest to a lock because we will need a vet to help ease the transition of the rookies we draft.

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Actually Tiquan Underwood played a year with Tom Brady. I would definitely call him a legitimate qb.

Oh stop it. Did he really PLAY a year with Brady? I'm starting to think all you like to do is complain.

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Cam is coming off ankle surgery and won't be available for OTA's and will have fewer snaps in camp and possibly preseason.

 

 

Enter Joe Webb....

 

I understand. But I still don't think we'll only see him at QB. Well, we may not even see him at all...

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