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Ted Ginn joins the Panthers on a one-year deal

Mar 21 2013 04:06 PM Cam2Ligit2Quit Carolina Panthers
Former 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, ESPN reported Thursday, ending his three-year tenure in San Francisco.
Ginn had only two receptions in 2012 and ceded his kickoff-return duties to rookie LaMichael James late in the regular season, but he remained effective as a punt returner. He was 11th in the NFL in punt-return average (11.2 yards) after ranking fourth and third, respectively, the previous two seasons.
In the Super Bowl, Ginn's 32-yard third-quarter punt return set up a 20-yard touchdown drive in the midst of San Francisco's second-half rally.


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Are you serious, he had a safety over top mirroring Vincent the whole way. You would be nuts if you would put Luke on Vincent for 50 plays in one game. Luke would be so down on himself that it would take years to bounce back. One fluke play doesn't prove a point. I am not sold on his coverage skills especially with his slower speed.

Coming out of college, his coverage skills were questionable so for you to put your nickels on him covering Graham, Davis, Zach Miller, Gonzo, Clark, Grokowski, Hernandez and the rest of the boys that we play this year, you are looking to put him on the suicide watch program.


Have you lost it? Luke's claim to fame and the reason why he was considered the only ILB that could be taken that high were because of his superb coverage skills in college. He struggled a bit early in the season simply because he's dealing with NFL passers now, but he looked much improved down the stretch and has plenty of room for growth.

wtf are you smoking? His coverage skills out of college were one of his best assets.

Obviously not the same thing as you. I need some of the icky that you have over there because the boy isn't fast enough to cover tight ends with speed and athletic abilities.

Read this young one: http://bleacherrepor...scouting-report

Obviously not the same thing as you. I need some of the icky that you have over there because the boy isn't fast enough to cover tight ends with speed and athletic abilities.

Read this young one: http://bleacherrepor...scouting-report


His 40 time is right on par or faster than the vast majority of tight ends in this league. Ask yourself who the best cover LBer is in the league, in your opinion, and then go compare their combine and tell me Luke is not fast or athletic enough.

Obviously not the same thing as you. I need some of the icky that you have over there because the boy isn't fast enough to cover tight ends with speed and athletic abilities.

Read this young one: http://bleacherrepor...scouting-report


On Bleacher Report. Ranked him as a 3rd round prospect. Interesting that everywhere else I read had him as easy top 15 guy. Oh not to mention he turned out to be the best defensive player in his draft class and nearly single handedly transformed the 27th worst defense in the NFL to a top ten defense.

EDIT: DOPE! Didn't see the title under his name...

On Bleacher Report. Ranked him as a 3rd round prospect. Interesting that everywhere else I read had him as easy top 15 guy. Oh not to mention he turned out to be the best defensive player in his draft class and nearly single handedly transformed the 27th worst defense in the NFL to a top ten defense.

He's a tackling machine that is no question but I am not going to put my money on him defending passes on passing downs, you can say what you want but you ain't changing my mind, he is too slow.

He's a tackling machine that is no question but I am not going to put my money on him defending passes on passing downs, you can say what you want but you ain't changing my mind, he is too slow.



So which NFL ILBs do you think are elite in coverage and are just SO much faster than luke?
Huge improvement on Louis Murphy. This has been a damn good FA. Now all we really need is some OG depth.

He's a tackling machine that is no question but I am not going to put my money on him defending passes on passing downs, you can say what you want but you ain't changing my mind, he is too slow.


Ha, the kid ran an unofficial 4.5 and official 4.58 and 4.59 and led all inside linebackers with a 38 inch vertical at 6'3".

Go find me someone whom you consider a fast tight end and look and post their 40 time coming out of college. Guarantee it will not be significantly faster than an official 4.58.
Aside from Vernon Davis, Luke's speed is comparable to every other TE of significance currently in the league.

So which NFL ILBs do you think are elite in coverage and are just SO much faster than luke?

Patrick Willis, Vilma, Lofton.

Aside from Vernon Davis, Luke's speed is comparable to every other TE of significance currently in the league.

Jimmy Graham, antonio gates, zach miller, and wait just check everyone that we play this year and you tell me.
Oh and his vertical of 38" is better than every significant NFL TE not named Vernon Davis and Jared Cook since 2006. So don't play the "he isn't athletic enough to cover" card.

Patrick Willis, Vilma, Lofton.


Luke: 4.59
Willis: 4.51
Vilma: 4.65
Lofton: 4.79


Lofton in particular is known to be terrible in coverage.
He'll be better than the crop of shitty return guys we have now, but people expecting him to be a good WR make me laugh

Patrick Willis, Vilma, Lofton.


Willis was faster during the combine and is faster than Luke. Vilma had a slower 40 and lower vertical leap than Luke.

You seriously believe Curtis Lofton is an elite coverage LBer? Every Falcons and Saints fan would disagree. He is solely good at stopping the run and a HUGE liability in coverage.
See thread title. Thread about Ginn.

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Panthers signed WR/KR Ted Ginn, formerly of the 49ers, to a one-year contract.
Ginn also drew interest from the Bengals. His main contributions will be in the return game, replacing former third-round bust Armanti Edwards. The Panthers' receiving depth chart still doesn't bring much to the table beyond Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell, so Ginn could challenge for third-wideout snaps. Ginn, who turns 28 next month, averaged 10.2 yards on 32 punt returns in 2012. Mar 21 - 5:10 PM
Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter


http://www.rotoworld...4168/player?r=1
Putting Ginn in on those end-arounds that usually go to Lafell will be magic.

Putting Ginn in on those end-arounds that usually go to Lafell will be magic.


The LaFell end arounds are surprisingly effective because the defense falls asleep watching him run so damn slow. I truly love it and laugh.

Patrick Willis, Vilma, Lofton.




LMAO...... Lofton.... Seriously.


Wow. You lost your argument for just using Lofton in a debate about NFL coverage linebackers.

You actually probably picked the worst coverage linebacker in the NFL with Lofton and putting him ahead of Kuechly in pass coverage tells me you either don't watch football or simply just don't understand it.


Here's Kuechly's draft profile from a credible site..... lmao BR....


http://www.nfl.com/d...chly?id=2533056


STRENGTHS

Kuechly is one of the most instinctual and technically sound linebackers to enter the draft in years, and he had the tackle production throughout his career to back it up. He is able to avoid trash at his knees and is elite when it comes to shedding blockers and keeping himself free to the ball. He is excellent working over the top of tight ends to maul and delay their release, and is capable of running with them down the field. He has the sudden burst and long speed to cover a very wide range against the run and is an extremely sure-handed tackler.

Patrick Willis, Vilma, Lofton.


You're citing two of three linebackers on the worst defense in NFL history as examples of the elite?

Seriously? :unsure:
Been awhile since I've seen this much fail on the interweb and that's saying a lot.

Kuechly was said to be by many respected analysts to be one of the best coverage LBs to come out of college in years.
Kuechly plays a LOT faster than his 40 time.

Kuechly plays a LOT faster than his 40 time.


That's what instincts will do for you. Running in the 4.5s is no joke for a LB already. But, when you combine good instincts with 4.5 speed, you get a blazing fast LB.
Yep he hits that hole hard....badabum tsssshhh