The Carolina Panthers wisely made a great addition to their wide receiver corps when acquiring Keith Kirkwood via free agency. This will be great for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers will look like an entirely different team this upcoming season. They’ll be a lot of new faces, new philosophies, and hopefully, a new winning culture. One of which is achieved by a new spark on offense, an area of opportunity for the team over the last few years.
General manager Marty Hurney has made some good moves so far this offseason, especially at wide receiver. Hurney came to terms with free agents Robby Anderson and Keith Kirkwood to help bolster the positional group.
While Anderson brings some blazing speed to the table, Kirkwood is a relatively young wide receiver that has played with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater extensively. Considering that both came from the New Orleans Saints, its a smart move by Hurney in the grand scheme of things. Kirkwood doesn’t have as much experience as Bridgewater but when he has played, looked like a good vertical threat that makes big plays when needed.
Keith Kirkwood will make things even easier for Teddy Bridgewater
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Any quarterback that is brand new to a team, will almost always have some growing pains. Bridgewater will be learning a new offensive system and work with a brand new supporting cast which will take time for things to gel.
Having Kirkwood there will make things even easier for Bridgewater as he prepares for the season ahead. It’ll great for him to have a familiar face in the lineup as they learn everything new together.
Sure, they’ll be some hiccups along the way but having a safety net like Kirkwood alongside him will he helpful. Especially since Kirkwood will likely see more playing time with the Panthers as he spent last season on IR due to a hamstring injury.
It’s also interesting to see how new head coach Matt Rhule has been adding some of his former players to the Panthers this offseason. Kirkwood joins the list of players Rhule coached back in his college days with Baylor and Temple.
Rhule is filling up his locker room with players he knows he can count on as it’s a great way to start building a new culture now with guys he’s won with in the past. These are all smart moves by the Panthers to usher in a new era for the franchise, one of which has been desperately needed for years now.
Overall, it’s going to be fun to see what this new-look offense will be able to accomplish in 2020. Kirkwood joins a list of other free agent acquisitions that are excited to build something new with the Panthers and hopefully, be a big part of something special.