The Carolina Panthers went with their top wide receiver in the first round of the 2018 draft. DJ Moore will now wear black and blue and will likely start opposite Devin Funchess. This addition means the overall talent level of the Carolina Panthers receivers corps went up. Way, way up.
This has been a very fruitful offseason for Marty Hurney and especially Cam Newton. Let’s take a look at how the wide receivers roster now looks.
Devin Funchess is entering the most crucial year of his career. Funchess will still be the starting possession receiver and get plenty of targets. DJ Moore is a lock, obviously. I suspect he will be starting opposite Funchess by the end of September, if not sooner. Last year’s second round pick Curtis Samuel is a question mark, but a lock none the less. If healthy he could have more of an impact this year than most realize. I feel Jarius Wright is a lock if for no other reason than the two million dollar signing bonus he received to come to Carolina last month. Teams typically don’t pay a player millions up front just to cut them a few months later.
Some speculate that Torrey Smith is not a lock to make the final roster, but I disagree. Smith is a well rounded receiver with speed and the ability to make the tough catches in heavy traffic. He is also six foot tall, making him the second tallest receiver on the likely Panthers roster. I think he stays.
Should the Panthers keep only five receivers, which is definitely possible considering Christian McCaffrey also lines up in the slot, the above listed group would be the strongest Cam Newton has ever had in his playing career, and it isn’t close.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.