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Receivers Wide Open

Jun 05 2014 04:51 AM Jeremy Igo Carolina Panthers
Every off season we find that some of the positions on the field are set in stone.

We know the starting defensive line. We know the running back lineup. We know which linebackers we will see with the starting unit.

When it comes to receivers, however, the depth chart is far from cemented. I've seen Kelvin Benjamin and Marcus Lucas with the ones. I've seen Brenton Bersin and Jericho Cotchery take first string snaps. McNutt and King have played with the starters as well. Philly Brown and De'Andre Presley? Yep, them too.

Every single receiver at some point has gotten time with the starting unit

The message is clear from the coaches to the players: The receiver positions are wide open for competition.

David Gettleman has created a ragtag group of receivers who all are looking for a chance. Undrafted rookies like Philly Brown and Marcus Lucas want to prove he should have been drafted. Other young players, like King, McNutt, and Presley, are looking for the chance to prove their worth in the NFL. Veterans like Tiquan Underwood and Jason Avant are wanting to prove they can become a more productive receiver with the right team.

The result? A group of hungry receivers who see real opportunity. Often times "camp competition" is just an illusion, something coaches say to motivate players. These receivers, however, know for certain that the competition this year is very real. There is no one in front of them. This is a chance they may not get again in the NFL.

In fact, There are only two factors that will decide if any of these players get a locker this season: Desire and Ability.

For any hungry NFL player, you can't ask for anything more.

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Finding the best fit for our scheme and production. I like...

I hope that they can come together and end up being decent like last years patchwork secondary, but I have serious doubts.

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let's hope they're wide open in the regular season, too

Is it really considered playing with the ones until Cam is back? Or is it because they're going up against the starting D?


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The only constant starting wide receiver I forsee is KB and hopefully that will be for a long time!

Even if some players are perfoming very well during camps the starting Wrs will still be

Benjamin and Cotchery and Underwood should be the third.

 

I like this. It keeps them hungry and motivated, which is always a positive. Everyone in the league is doubting them, so it's a kind of an 'us against the world' mentality. Sit back and watch them work! We might all be pleasantly surprised.


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I like the open competition mindset. No one is feeling entitled and are working hard to make an impact on this team.

Even if some players are perfoming very well during camps the starting Wrs will still be
Benjamin and Cotchery and Underwood should be the third.


I definitely wouldn't count Avant out.


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Kelvin is all like....and the rest be like....

 

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Hopefully the competition brings out the best in all of them.  No matter what anyone says, making them all compete for a job will make all of them give maximum effort which has to be a good thing.  I actually expect this squad to outperform last year's bunch.

I really planned not post this summer as the Huddle tries, with all its might, to understand what happened this off season. Sure the OL is a concern but I was more concerned about the skill positions and to be honest, our WR core last year sucked, and sucked bad.

 

I am a fan of Smith but man what a head case, still fighting for respect on the field and in the locker room. I love his motor but not his leadership...

 

Newton and the running game deserves a a sure handed and young WR group, and that's what we have...with a cohesive leadership from JerCrot and willingness to listen to coaching and work with Newton.

 

Two games last year pissed me off, the Seahawks/49ers...we won the defensive game but couldn't score and that needs to improve...and I look forward to a group of guys that will CATCH the ball in traffic and have disciplined route running. Ricky will teach route running and Newton will know where these guys break off routes...and we have a pretty good TE core too.

 

GMAN/Riverboat football sounds good to me...We improved in the off season as far as a TEAM and that's what counts. So I'm not going to bitch about the tight cap or the off season FA's, I like the direction we are taking and look forward to beating the West with a balanced offensive attack and Tenacious D ...

 

I think having the likes of Smith and Moose here for so long and Walls in the 90s makes people feel uneasy about the open competition.  It's been a while since we didn't really know what we have at the position.  I think it's perfectly fine and kinda the fresh reboot we need at the position.

 

I'm going to enjoy this a ton this season rather than if we strapped ourselves to one of the sought after vets in the FA who weren't all that great.  

 

Someone will emerge from the group alongside KB and you know what you get with Avant and JC.  (*I'm rooting for King)

 

This will make the offseason moving forward competitive and interesting which is good for everyone.  

 

 

Smart GM move IMO
So exciting I can't fuging wait for camp and preseason.

 So I'm not going to bitch about the tight cap or the off season FA's, I like the direction we are taking and look forward to beating the West with a balanced offensive attack and Tenacious D ...

 

This statement alone deserves more pie... Extra for actually using the name in a sentence... 

 

Just because, NSFW.....

 

on topic: The open competition bodes well for the team. Similar to what lola said, especially because the media, etc is sleeping on us, not giving our WRs a 2nd thought... Cmon September 7...

a lot of folks have anxiety about this WR bunch with smitty gone.  time to pass the torch.  if KB can catch passes in the redzone, then all is good.  the offense won't be pretty, but if it can be more efficient in the redzone, then (with the defense) that should be enough.  

I thought the Panthers were one of the better redzone teams last season?

 

FootballOutsiders backs this up.... 

 

As does SB Nation....

 

But SportingCharts says Cam was in the bottom 10 in RZ QB rating...

 

 

I thought the Panthers were one of the better redzone teams last season?

 

FootballOutsiders backs this up....

 

As does SB Nation....

 

But SportingCharts says Cam was in the bottom 10 in RZ QB rating...

 

 

The inability to score a TD against the 9ers in the playoffs is all I remember  :unsure:

I thought the Panthers were one of the better redzone teams last season?

 

FootballOutsiders backs this up....

 

As does SB Nation....

 

But SportingCharts says Cam was in the bottom 10 in RZ QB rating...

 

Yeah they were. 

 

However, there was a stretch in the second half where they were less efficient (as a lo of younger QB's were). Plus, everyone remembers the San Fran game where the Panther couldn't take advantage of Red Zone opportunists. 

We should trade the Bears for Armanti. I think they would do it for a 2nd.

So which ones make the final roster?

Even if some players are perfoming very well during camps the starting Wrs will still be
Benjamin and Cotchery and Underwood should be the third.


Could be, but far from being a sure thing.

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I thought the Panthers were one of the better redzone teams last season?

FootballOutsiders backs this up....

As does SB Nation....

But SportingCharts says Cam was in the bottom 10 in RZ QB rating...

two failed attempts on the goal line lost us tge last home playoff game.