Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) on the sidelines in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Domenik Hixon and What it means for the Panthers Wide Receivers

The Panthers made a fantastic move by picking up Wide Receiver Domenik Hixon from the New York Giants. I would assume that since Dave Gettleman became the new General Manager for the Carolina Panthers, his presence had a little to do with his move to the Panthers, however, it was still a fantastic move by the Carolina Panthers and whether it would have been done by Gettleman or Hurney, I would still approve of the pickup.

However, things don’t seem to be boding well for the other Panther’s receivers since the pickups of both Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn Jr. With the majority of the Carolina Panther’s receivers in their last year of their contracts, I would expect that a few of them will be gone before the start of the next season. Kealoha Pilares, David Gettis, Brandon LaFell, and Armanti Edwards were all players either drafted or picked up after the draft four years ago. I would assume that LaFell will continue his career here in Carolina, but the future for the other three seem to be in question. Things will become very iffy for the players if the Panthers draft a Wide Receiver in the upcoming draft, a move that many assume is inevitable.

Nov 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell (11) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

So with Hixon now a part of the Panthers and Louis Murphy now with the Giants, I would think that the Panthers would move the proven veteran, Hixon, to the three spot on the depth chart when it comes to the Wide Receiving core. And with Hixon at the three spot it would then move Ted Ginn to the four spot on the depth chart, assuming that the Panthers will not draft a better Wide Receiver, or make a move in free agency, OR if one of the current players on the roster makes drastic improvement over the off season (Fingers-crossed for David Gettis!) This leaves only two more spots on depth chart for the remaining three recievers on the Panthers roster, not including Joe Adams and Byrant Lamont, a player who I hope continues his career with the Panthers, Lamont is a STUD! So again the futures of Pilares, Gettis, and Armanti Edwards are definitly up in smoke with the coming season.

If I had to make an educated guess, I would expect either Armanti Edwards and/or Kealoha Pilares contracts to be terminated with the Panthers by next year, though they could be axed within the current off season, but those are just my thoughts. What are your thoughts? Please leave them in the comments below.

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  • Cpantherz

    I have been thinking the same thing since the signing. I don’t see them all being on the roster by the start of the season. Sorry Armanti, but you look like the most obvious choice. I strongly feel that it isn’t all his fault coming into the league moving from the QB position. I would have liked to see him at least tested at the position in place of Clausen.

    • Tony Cardwell

      I think the Armanti “project” could have amounted into something, he’s an extremely talented athlete, I just feel the organization handled him wrong and it ended up being a bust for the Panthers. I hope he shines somewhere else.

      • Joel Gerber

        Armanti was an extremely talented athlete at the IAA level. To me, his main flaw is that he is clearly NOT an NFL caliber athlete. Too small and not very explosive at this level

  • Lee Caddell

    We definitely need to get rid of Edwards and Pilares. The Edwards project is clearly a bust and Pilares has never been a good returner in my book. He got lucky on that 101 yd KO return. If you look at the replay there was no spectacular moves by him just excellent blocking. The best returners make people miss and know how to run through blocks. Pilares can’t make people miss. Ginn is a huge upgrade

  • Kyle Lindberg

    Tony another great article. You just never stop my friend.


  • Miguel Posada

    Let armanti go. He just takes up a roster spot. David gettis is legit but he just cant stay healthy.