The Carolina Panthers wideouts still have a lot of work to do…
Sunday, Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone put together a fantastic slideshow of all the receiving corps in the National Football league. Ranking them from best to worst the Carolina Panthers were ranked No. 28 on the list. Gurzi offered reasoning, and although I disagree with the ranking, he has a right to his opinion.
"Carolina traded for veteran wide out Torrey Smith from the Super Bowl champion Eagles. He’s not the same player he was during his days with the Baltimore Ravens, but he can still fly down the field.D.J. Moore was their top draft pick and he also brings a great speed element. Even so, he’s more comfortable working the middle of the field and has the ability to break off huge gains after the catch.Curtis Samuel is also blazing fast, evidenced by his 4.31-second 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. He wasn’t able to utilize that much as a rookie, averaging just 7.7 yards per catch. Maybe another year in the system will help him and the staff figure out how to get him more involved."
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Personally I would have put the Carolina Panthers receiving corps a little higher based on individual skill. Even still there is a lot of uncertainty at the position and I understand why they were ranked low. We do not know how D.J. Moore is going to turn out and we do not know how strong Curtis Samuel will come back. For the Carolina Panthers as a team, this is going to be one of those cases where we are going to have to see how they perform on the field.
If one thing is certain, it is that this group of wideouts has a lot of big-play potential. Once they get the ball in their hands, stopping them is not easy. A good mix of veteran and rookie wideouts should provide the Carolina Panthers with a variety of skillsets. Giving Cam Newton this mix of weapons can only mean good things as the Panthers look to establish one of the best offenses in the National Football League under offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
The offense is a work in progress, but once everyone gets on the same page, it will be fun to watch.