Yesterday Panthers Linebacker Jon Beason and Wide Receiver Domenik Hixon made their fateful return to practice. It seems that both players are back for good, even though Hixon and Beason may not make an appearance in the next two preseason games against the Ravens and Steelers, respectively.
“It’s football. You’re going to get injured. You just have to come back and not get down on yourself, not let it be a negative thing,” Hixon told the official Carolina Panthers website. “I’m never complacent. I was told once by John Lynch, ‘Once you get complacent, that’s when you get replaced.’ I try every time I get an opportunity to play well.”
While Jon Beason comes into a good situation, more than likely retaking the starting spot from Chase Blackburn, Hixon has to fight for his spot in the depth chart. Hixon was the assumed holder of the third roster spot but now he has to compete with Armanti Edwards, Ted Ginn, and David Gettis. When asked about his rising status in the receiving unit Gettis had this to say, “I’ve used these first couple of games to knock the rust off,” Gettis told the Panthers website. “It’s been a long battle back for me. I’m very excited about the opportunity given to me, and I’m trying to take full advantage.”
A very vague answer from Gettis, personally I think he deserves the third spot if he continues his current level of play, with Armanti, the surprise of training camp according to Ron Rivera, in the fourth spot and Ted Ginn and Hixon in the fifth and sixth spots on the depth chart. That’s my outlook on the receiving unit’s final lineup, but what’s your prediction? Please leave your predictions in the comments below.