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Louis Murphy

Aug 02 2012 08:06 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
There is a lot of talk out there right now about Louis Murphy, who appears to be pushing for the 3rd WR spot if not the 2nd. Thought I would take the time to bring the more casual fans up to speed on this prospect.

Murphy was acquired via trade with the Oakland Raiders on July 23rd, for a conditional draft choice assumed to be a seventh rounder. This is his 4th NFL season.

Murphy played one season at Florida with Cam Newton, so there may be some chemistry still there. Florida's wide open sling it around offense has prepared Murphy for Chud's aggressive O.

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He seems to have the right mentality to make an impact, from a recent Observer article

After mini-camp with the Raiders earlier this year, Murphy said he intends to play this season with a chip on his shoulder, believing he has something to prove after last year. He said he’s heard people questioning him and wants to answer his critics.
"I’m always going to play with a chip on my shoulder," Murphy said. "That’s just mentality and I kind of got away from that last year and doubted myself. This year I know what I’ve got to do."


Read more here: http://www.charlotte...l#storylink=cpy




Rivera knows what he has in Murphy.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera faced Murphy for two seasons as San Diego's defensive coordinator and knows he can be tough to defend. But Rivera said Murphy will be in a battle with receivers like Gettis, Kealoha Pilares, Seyi Ajirotutu and rookie Joe Adams, a fourth-round pick who'll double as the team's starting punt returner.
"We like him," Rivera said of Murphy. "He's a very capable football player, and he'll add competition to that position. We're excited about that."


After seeing him in Camp, I can tell you there is a real possibility for Murphy to push Brandon LaFell as the second receiver. It has developed into one of the more interesting camp battles. Two large SEC receivers upping the game and making the Panthers a better team in the process.

Keep an eye on 83 at Fan Fest on Saturday.

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but I thought Armanti was looking stronger and better this off season? Or was that a thread I already read from next year?
Armanti is in a fight for the 4th WR/Punt Returner job.

Louis is 6'2 200 pounds, a prototype 2nd receiver for us.
He can play. He was a solid WR for the Raiders. Good friend of mine is a big Raiders guy and he threw a tantrum when he found out we got him for a 7th. He had a banged up couple of yrs, but that seems behind him thus far.

I would not be surprised at all if he gets the #2 job from Lafell or they split time.

but I thought Armanti was looking stronger and better this off season? Or was that a thread I already read from next year?



Crazy as it may seem it's possible for both Edwards to look better and Murphy to be pressing for the 2nd receiver position. They aren't mutually exclusive.

Good for Murphy. Good for the team.
Armanti has been in fights with lawnmowers and Div 1aa opponents and yet another uphill battle awaits him. But just as the fight with the John Deere, I say he loses this fight for 4th WR.

I love Murphy at 2. He has speed and we need a burner opposite of smitty to take some attention. I love lafell but his passive play and possesion type WR game just doesnt do it for me in this offense. I am loving the positive reaction from players/coaches/fans regarding Murphys play so far.
Murphy pushing LaFell for the #2 spot will only make us better.
Indeed he has impressed. His history with Cam has definitely sped things along.
I knew when I heard we traded for him he could be a steal. I remember watching him absolutely torch the Steelers D in Pittsburgh a few years back with Bruce Gradkowski at QB and I've always thought he had the potential to be a quality starting WR in the NFL.

Glad it might finally be with us when he does. Either way, whether it's Murphy or LaFell opposite Smith, having the other as a solid 3rd option will make us a much more dangerous offense.
i hate the #83..........





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I'd like to see LaFell as that 'larger' slot WR matched up vs the smaller DB's personally. I think he and Olsen could really work the shallow/intermeiate routes while Murphy and Smith keep the safeties occupied high and outside.

Once the defense begins to account by leaving single coverage on the edges both our outside options have the ability to take the top off the defense. Murphy I think is what we saw flashes of out of Gettis back in 2010, Murphy seems to be the more physical one based on what I've read, while Gettis is just slightly bigger.

He can play. He was a solid WR for the Raiders. Good friend of mine is a big Raiders guy and he threw a tantrum when he found out we got him for a 7th. He had a banged up couple of yrs, but that seems behind him thus far.

I would not be surprised at all if he gets the #2 job from Lafell or they split time.



If he becomes the #2 he will cost more than a 7th rounder.....though I'm sure still a very good deal.
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Jackofalltrades
Aug 02 2012 08:55 AM
Green Bay has shown us that you can never have too many receiving threats.
Best 83 since Jeffers ???
I think I will wait until at least the end of preseason to see what happens. If Gettis continues to be slow in his rehab the likelihood is that Murphy will get plenty of work in the preseason. Almost a month to see what he has. I hope he is everything we want him to be and more. But he has had trouble staying healthy and his lower body isn't very stout.

I'd like to see LaFell as that 'larger' slot WR matched up vs the smaller DB's personally. I think he and Olsen could really work the shallow/intermeiate routes while Murphy and Smith keep the safeties occupied high and outside.


That's what I was thinking. Lafell is good at catching in traffic, and having him running crossing routes up the middle is where I think he would shine. Probably wouldn't get the biggest stats for his career in this role (since he doesn't have much acceleration after the catch), but I think he'd be the most effective. When Smitty is ready to hang up the cleats, Gettis might be even able to slide into his role opposite Murphy (or vice versa, whoever doesn't get the role this year).
I'm looking forward to seeing Murphy on the field but I think that LaFell will get his shot at #2 WR. Murphy with his speed, I think would fit better in the slot.
I'm glad Murphy came along, I'm not feeling great about Gettis' chances - though I would love to be wrong.
I like Panther receivers who play with chips on their shoulders.

See #89
This is going to upset some people, but I believe murphy's talent may spell the end of Gettis

This is going to upset some people, but I believe murphy's talent may spell the end of Gettis



Gettis's knee might spell the end of Gettis.
As much as I like most of our WRs I temper my enthusiasm with the reality that WRs usually look good in training camp.Its when the hitting starts that the cream will rise to the top.One thing in Murphy s favor he did have a good year in Oakland.Lets see what he looks like in preseason.
I'm glad Murphy's doing well at camp, I hope to see the same thing next week in the first preseason game.
Its been a very, very, very long time since I've felt this good about our WR corps. I don't really care who's #2-4 as long as the competition,brings out the best. I could see #2-4 being on an almost equal talent level. Smith,LaFell,Murphy and Gettis....wow.

Gettis's knee might spell the end of Gettis.


Thought he was on the PUP list because of his hammy? Also,I thought I heard, he should be ready for the second week of practice.

Thought he was on the PUP list because of his hammy? Also,I thought I heard he should be ready for the second week of practice.



It seems you are correct. I was under the impression that was only Norman but was wrong.