The Carolina Panthers 2020 offseason saw more change than any in recent memory. This is especially true for the wide receivers corps. There are exactly two young familiar faces in the squad. The rest are names unfamiliar yet to the casual fan. Here is how I see the Panthers wide receivers corps shaking out thus far.
DJ Moore is the leader of this group after putting together a very impressive 2019 season. Moore was a league leading receiver despite having multiple QBs that were, shall we say, less than stellar. Moore is a lock to make this roster, obviously.
Rumors circulated pre-draft about the possibility of Curtis Samuel being traded. There was probably a little fire with all that smoke, but no other team was willing to pay what Hurney felt he was worth. As such, Samuel is once again on the team and eager to prove that he is indeed a true receiver and not a gadget player.
The Carolina Panthers could not pass up a chance to sign Robby Anderson this offseason. A former undrafted free agent, Anderson has become one of the better success stories in the NFL. Throw in his familiarity with Head Coach Matt Rhule from his Temple days, and it is easy to see why his services were retained.
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Pharoh Cooper could be a lock to make this team based on his kick return ability in addition to his receiving skills. However, I am just not ready to put him there yet.
Former Raven Seth Roberts is another leading candidate to make the roster. Roberts offers the ability to play in the slot. Roberts appeared in all 16 games for the Ravens in 2019 where he contributed to Baltimore’s No. 1 scoring offense (33.2 ppg).
Lastly, UDFA Omar Bayless has been the talk of Carolina Panthers training camp. At 6’1, Bayless has the frame to be one of the larger receivers on this team. Under the Ron Rivera regime, I would be hesitant to place any UDFA on the regular roster out of the gate. But this is a rebuilding year with a new head coach. Why not fill the squad out with the young and hungry?
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