Grading every Panthers positional group after Week 1 of free agency

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Carolina Panthers wide receivers

The departure of third-down master Curtis Samuel left a sting in the Carolina Panthers fanbase as a superbly talented if an underutilized player left the team. With no true third option on the roster, they went out and got a great piece in David Moore.

Not to be confused with our 1,000-yard receiver, the former Seattle Seahawk will fill the void left at slot in the Panthers’ offense. A sure-handed touchdown threat last season with six scores and a catch percentage of 74.5, Moore will be a welcome addition to a speedy core.

While Robby Anderson certainly had a breakout season, the former New York Jet recorded only three touchdowns. With a gap of 10 games without a score showing a lack of red-zone ability. While the other half of the 1,000-yard duo, D.J. Moore only added four touchdowns of his own.

With this disparity in yardage gained versus points scored, the Panthers clearly needed help and they seem to have gotten that in the underrated and in some cases underappreciated Moore.

However, there is still a distinct lack of size among the Panthers’ receivers which can be a real issue come red zone time. Because after all, you don’t need size if you’ve run past everyone, but you can only go so far.

Grade: A

Even with the loss of an electric player like Samuel, the Panthers look to have a very exciting group at receiver in 2021. One that will make problems for defenses and catch the attention of the entire league.