This Sunday Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn returns to San Francisco for the first time since being allowed to leave.

Ginn spent the past three seasons with San Francisco where he was typecast as a return specialist and forgotten as a wide receiver. In 2012 he had only 2 balls thrown his way, he caught both.

This season as a Panther Ginn has proven he can be dangerous in both the return game and as a receiver. Ginn has racked up 21 receptions which in 8 games which equals his reception count in San Francisco over the past two years combined. Clearly, Ginn has taken advantage of the Panthers vertical offense.

This Sunday Ginn may have added value. Twice this season the Panthers roster featured a key player who previously played for the Panthers opponent. Chase Blackburn came from the Giants and Quintin Mikell came from the Rams. In both cases, the Panthers were well prepared and won the game.

Ginn will have the ear of Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott this week in practice, While game tape can provide information on play calling and execution, former players can provide valuable intel on intangibles. In a game that features two stout defenses, a seemingly insignificant bit of information on tendencies could be the difference between a win and a loss.