Nov 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

WILL THE REAL #2 PLEASE STEP UP


Have you ever been in your garden and noticed a small weed? You always tell yourself, I really need to pull that before too long. Before you know it that weed has turned into a massive pile of tangled mess that requires some serious TLC and a trip to the local hardware store for some heavy duty weed killer. Why didn’t you just take the time to address it before it became such a big problem? Why put it off only to in the end cause yourself more heartache? The answer is very simple, procrastination. We all have been guilty of procrastinating about something at some point in our lives.

In the case of the Carolina Panthers they have procrastinated themselves and the Carolina Panthers fans into a very bad situation when it concerns our receiving core. I think Steve Smith has been the best offensive weapon this club has had pound for pound since his arrival. His play and effort cannot be questioned…ever. He lays everything on the line each and every play. Contrary to what a lot of Panther fans have been saying; I feel Steve can play at a fairly high level for at least two more seasons.
No one is going to tell Steve when it is time to call it quits. Steve himself is going to make that call when he is good and ready, however, we are starting to see signs that the time maybe sooner than later with this quote from coach Rivera.
“I think we have to be smart with Steve, make sure we put him in position to take advantage of his abilities and maximize his time and not waste his time or his reps,” Rivera said. We saw Smith get the occasional day off during the week last year, but it’s expected that we’ll see even more of it this season. The organization has even been thinking about drafting Smith’s successor with an early round pick. Mar 24 – 11:42 AM
This sounds to me like a guy who at this stage might be ready to assume the role of number two. The  good news is it would seem that the position is available at the present time. The bad news is who is going to be our number one? Who did we get in the draft that is to lead our receiving corps into the future? Who can be Cam’s go-to target? When will Dave Gettleman find us our Victor Cruz? What do you think Panther fans? Is there anyone on this roster currently that you feel is #1 worthy besides an aging Smith? Is there anyone on this roster that would be another teams #2 option? For the sake of the Panthers and this season, I really hope so.

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  • ahrcshaw

    You and I both know Smittie is a rare bread, most good WR are cocky priemadanna’s and hard to find. However I think like Mr Gettleman the prospect is probably already in your organizatin, he just hasn’t stepped up yet. Even without a true number one, we have one like Smittie and two like Ricky Prohel, meaning they are not outstanding but they are good. Cam will always look long to Smittie first, then drop off to a second receiver. This was by design as Chud called the plays for Cam that way, until he had to spread it around. At that time it was too late, the power run had not been used, and you know as well as I what happened. Only until after the power run was reestablished and the short pass called did Cam get relief which opened up the Offense and made the long ball possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/panthernation.forlife Panthernation Forlife

    I would like to see Lamont Bryant (I think that is the name of the WR on the practice squad) used this year, at least in the red zone while his route running develops. Adding packages that Pilares, Ginn, and our new scatback can sub in and out to stay fresh would be a welcome wrinkle, also.

    Establishing our RBs needs to be our top priority to start each game this season. Accomplish that…and the possibilities become endless!