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Wide Receiver Roundup

Apr 08 2014 05:33 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
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.

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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.

Oh believe us, we know you do not want any kind of offensive linemen in the first round.  We got it, we know your true feelings now on this subject.  

These are two really solid signings with Cotchery and Avant. Nothing flashy, but so what? Let's get some flash in May and we will be set.

Oh believe us, we know you do not want any kind of offensive linemen in the first round. We got it, we know your true feelings now on this subject.


Wow way to put words in my mouth.

I've said many times if any of the top 4 OT (Robinson, Matthews, Lewan, or Martin) drop in our laps they are the pick reregardless of what WR'S is there. But after that there will be at least 5 to 6 Wr rated higher then the next OT's imo.
Plus add in the fact that after the top 4 you're getting a guy that will play RT for at least 1 year before he moves to the left side. Those guys can be had in the 2nd and 3rd round with more value then taking them in the 1st.

Again this is just my opinion.

These are two really solid signings with Cotchery and Avant. Nothing flashy, but so what? Let's get some flash in May and we will be set.


This is what I'm saying.
You signed 2 transition vets now it's time to get the guys they are transitioning to.
Plus with Cam getting his big contract it's a benefit that his weapons are on rookie deals during the 1st few years of his deal.

I guess most of you have forgotten what type of team this is.  This is a smash mouth football team.  Run the ball down your throat and not let you score.  The receivers carolina has brought in are possession receivers who can block for the running backs, guys who are reliable to catch the ball on 3rd down when the run attack has failed.  Granted carolina will need someone who can stretch the field and keep defenses from stacking the line.  I fully expect for carolina to double down on OL in the first 2 rounds and maybe a TE.  You will see carolina play a 2 TE set more as this will help the rookie OL.  In this scenario, you dont need a #1 wr, just someone who can convert 3rd downs.

Wow....that's all I've got for that response.

Sorry Miley canceled last night.


Facts are hard to dispute aren't they. Damn those pesky facts

I guess most of you have forgotten what type of team this is. This is a smash mouth football team. Run the ball down your throat and not let you score. The receivers carolina has brought in are possession receivers who can block for the running backs, guys who are reliable to catch the ball on 3rd down when the run attack has failed. Granted carolina will need someone who can stretch the field and keep defenses from stacking the line. I fully expect for carolina to double down on OL in the first 2 rounds and maybe a TE. You will see carolina play a 2 TE set more as this will help the rookie OL. In this scenario, you dont need a #1 wr, just someone who can convert 3rd downs.


This team also understands this is a passing league and you will have to able pass the ball sooner or later. And not just to move the chains but to make big plays. You have a big play QB not a game manager. You don't handcuff him.

This team also understands this is a passing league and you will have to able pass the ball sooner or later. And not just to move the chains but to make big plays. You have a big play QB not a game manager. You don't handcuff him.

 

but our biggest passing threat last season was a TE, and they went 12-4 and a 1st round bye?

but our biggest passing threat last season was a TE, and they went 12-4 and a 1st round bye?


And got bounced because of it

but our biggest passing threat last season was a TE, and they went 12-4 and a 1st round bye?

That doesn't mean that's going to work every season and there is a on the field reason this WR overhaul is happening.
We weren't good enough in the passing game to advance in the playoffs.
Cam can't beat the elite defenses by himself. Our biggest weakness was being the 26th passing attack. Rivera and Gettelmen have said that and are showing that so far in their actions.

Facts are hard to dispute aren't they. Damn those pesky facts


Yes...the facts are he caught three passes in his second year while playing for New England. Absolutely.

My mistake in thinking you were using that as part of a discussion in the analysis that Zod gave. You've since shown that you had no point and you were just pointing that out to show that Zod was wrong. Great job!

The definition of "playing with a legitimate QB" is more than just being on the field with him. But if we really have to explain that to you then it's no use anyway.

Congrats on making your point and your nanny-nanny-boo-boo response.

And got bounced because of it


Fortunately they decided to make a change and are in the process of overhauling that innefective receiver group.

Yes...the facts are he caught three passes in his second year while playing for New England. Absolutely.

My mistake in thinking you were using that as part of a discussion in the analysis that Zod gave. You've since shown that you had no point and you were just pointing that out to show that Zod was wrong. Great job!

The definition of "playing with a legitimate QB" is more than just being on the field with him. But if we really have to explain that to you then it's no use anyway.

Congrats on making your point and your nanny-nanny-boo-boo response.


He was on the roster bro, why he didn't get on the field or get more targets is his own issue. I like Tiquan man that's the sad thing. If you ask him today he will tell you how much he learned from playing with Tom Brady.

Fortunately they decided to make a change and are in the process of overhauling that innefective receiver group.


IF they draft for the position. I'm not convinced they will, at least not as early as many here expect.

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AcieBoogie, for the posts in this thread I award you this...
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How do you know poo like that even exists....

lol at McNutt almost catching one pass.

He was on the roster bro, why he didn't get on the field or get more targets is his own issue. I like Tiquan man that's the sad thing. If you ask him today he will tell you how much he learned from playing with Tom Brady.


What's the point of pointing out that he was on a roster where he got no PT? Can you not infer that Zod meant he's actually going to get a chance to play with a quality QB while playing at his highest level to date in the NFL? It's not an apples-to-apples comparison....period.

What's the point of pointing out that he was on a roster where he got no PT? Can you not infer that Zod meant he's actually going to get a chance to play with a quality QB while playing at his highest level to date in the NFL? It's not an apples-to-apples comparison....period.

So are you saying the Patriots didn't give him that chance? I can buy that, similar to Ginn in San Fran. But he still has to come and put the work in, remember Ginn wasn't suppose to be the number 3 he took it. 

Great post. Those guys will do to sustain us in the mean time. But for that SB push the coming years we gonna need that threat. Don't know where we'll get it but we'll need it. We just need that one guy. Some teams churns those guys out like an assembly line but other teams like us just don't know how to get a respectable one.

So are you saying the Patriots didn't give him that chance? I can buy that, similar to Ginn in San Fran. But he still has to come and put the work in, remember Ginn wasn't suppose to be the number 3 he took it.


I think it was probably more that he wasn't ready.

I not super high on him or anything. I'm optimistic about his progression over the last four years coupled with our QB's ability to make guys look good...like Ginn.

Have to be able to stretch the field in a Coryell offense. We will need more than we have right now to do that.

I think it was probably more that he wasn't ready.

I not super high on him or anything. I'm optimistic about his progression over the last four years coupled with our QB's ability to make guys look good...like Ginn.

I can buy that, but you can't simply discount the fact he played with Tom Brady. That's not something I'd think Tiquan would want left off his resume. 

Imo what makes these signing better and more of a successful endeavor. Is matching these players with the young talent in the draft.
Best case scenario is you draft 1 Wr who is ready to go day one and one who can develop and be ready to start either during this season or starting next season when the older Fa deals end.

Did he or Did he not play with Tom Brady? How many times he was thrown to is irrelevant. We don't know if he will even make the team here, yet you're already saying he will get to play with a legitimate qb for the first time in his career.


You don't get invited to many parties, do you?

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