Has Seth Roberts won the WR4 spot?
The top-three positions at wide receiver with the Carolina Panthers were cemented. But the battle for the No. 4 wideout spot was one of the key training camp battles under scrutiny in recent weeks.
This extra competition brought the best out of the likes of Pharoh Cooper, Brandon Zylstra, and even Omar Bayless, although his ambitions were cut short with an unfortunate injury. The primary concern centered on Seth Roberts, who missed a large part of team drills in the concussion protocol.
There were rumors circulating that the Panthers were taking calls regarding a possible trade for Roberts before the final cuts were made last weekend. Nothing has materialized as yet and it appears that the former Baltimore Raven will be the team’s WR4 for the early stages of the campaign.
Roberts was listed as a second-team starter alongside Curtis Samuel, who is going to be on the field more often than not. Just how many targets the West Alabama product will accumulate with concerns over his health is something to keep an eye on in the early going.
The wideout gives Carolina something different because of his size and ability to get open in tight windows. Roberts also has big-game experience with a contending team in Baltimore which could also be of use.
It is hard to deny that the concussion isn’t a real concern. The Panthers may have just been cautious with Roberts before competitive action begins. But we won’t know for sure until his status for Sunday is confirmed.