Tiquan Underwood, the man thought to replace Ted Ginn, Jr., is no longer a Carolina Panther. A lack of offensive production, no presence in the return game and being passed by a few receivers with less experience led to this morning’s release.
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun was the first to report the parting of ways:
Panthers cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, according to a source
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 24, 2014
Tiquan Underwood, the speedy 27-year old receiver that was signed as a free agent this offseason never put up the kind of game that the Panthers thought they were getting when he signed in Carolina.
Considering he was brought into an offense that had completely gutted its’ receiving personnel, and a special teams that is still looking for a true return man, Underwood could not have landed in a more ideal situation.
Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Kelvin Benjamin have solidified the top-three WR slots for the Panthers, but the remaining three spots were up for grabs. Tavarres King looks like a solid lock for the number-four spot and the final two will come down to fringe roster players. The eagerness to succeed that players such as Brenton Bersin and Philly Brown have shown this summer, is a stark contrast to Underwood’s underwhelming performance.
The six-year veteran was released during the first round of cuts so that he has a better opportunity to latch on somewhere else.
Throughout OTAs and training camp, Underwood just blended into mediocrity and was overshadowed by players that wanted it more. How he was unable to lock down the return game with his 4.31 40-time and veteran prowess is a mystery that we will never know the answer to. His haircut was more memorable to fans in Carolina than the production he exhibited this summer.
Best of luck to the receiver and hopes that he finds his way with another NFL franchise.