Sept. 11, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver (17) Legedu Naanee against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Panthers shouldn't resign Naanee



This year Legedu Naanee is going to be a free agent. At the end of this past season Ron Rivera was acting like he wanted Legedu back for the 2012 season. However, I believe it is in the team’s best interest to not resign him. Naanee started about 75% of the games last year and really didn’t provide the Panthers with much production. He had 44 catches for 476 yards, and one touchdown; and more importantly he only averaged 10 yards per catch. Brandon LaFell was targeted twenty less times than Naanee, but still had 7 more catches that resulted in gains of twenty or more yards.

The Panthers also have David Gettis, who will be healthy for this upcoming season. With Gettis and LaFell I think you have all you need at the receiver position behind Steve Smith. However, if Rivera does decide to resign Naanee and plays him ahead of Gettis and LaFell, then I will seriously start to doubt Rivera’s coaching ability and decision-making. Because let’s be honest, Naanee has nowhere near the skill or potential of LaFell and Gettis.

With Cam dropping back in the pocket and being able to throw to Smith, LaFell, Gettis, and Olsen, he might shatter the passing numbers he set last year. And once you take into account our ability to run the ball out of the read-option then you’re looking at an offense that could be virtually unstoppable. This coaching staff is going to have a lot of difficult decisions to make in the upcoming months. I just hope that electing to not resign Legedu Naanee and continuing the progression of Gettis and LaFell is one of them.

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  • DanielCaroon

    I’m not so sure about this one. Naanee did drop a lot of passes and isn’t very impressive when it comes to YAC. Steve Smith is absolutely amazing but we have to remember that no player is invincible. If SS goes down we will still need 3 viable wide-outs to maintain a passing threat. Gettis and Lafell no doubt have more to offer then Naanee; my only argument is if Naanee is released we have to consider some sort of insurance policy for the receiving core. Maybe sign on another veteran? or get a receiver high in the draft? I dunno but I do know that if Justin Blackmon somehow falls to us with the 9th pick Legedu is history.

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  • thedivineexpression

    Let me get this straight…Cam Newton will “Shatter” last years passing record by inserting Gettis into the lineup in place of Naanee? I’ve been a Cam fan since Auburn but he’ll be lucky if he hits the 4,000 mark again next year. Have you ever heard of game film? Notice, he didn’t have those 400+ PASSING GAMES towards the end of the season. NAANEE IS CAROLINAS BEST BLOCKING RECEIVER AND YOU WANT TO GET RID OF HIM? Shock Blogging at its finest