The wide receiver position has been hit incredibly hard with injuries this preseason for the Carolina Panthers. They lost their number one wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, for the season to an ACL injury and have had a number of other receivers like Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery suffer lingering injuries.
After a lackluster performance by the wide receivers against the New England Patriots, general manager Dave Gettleman decided he needed make a move and acquired wide receiver Kevin Norwood from Seattle for an undisclosed 2017 draft pick, according to the Panthers’ website.
Gettleman said about Norwood that “he has the size you look for along with toughness and smarts. We studied him a lot going into last year’s draft and we look forward to having him as part of our receiving corps.”
Norwood was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round last year but didn’t see a ton of work as a rookie. He finished the year with only nine receptions on 10 targets for 102 receiving yards. It is important to note that the Seahawks are a run heavy offense and threw the ball the fewest times of any team last season.
Norwood has the size the Panthers look for at 6’2” and 199 pounds but he is going to have a lot of work between now and the regular season as he tries to learn this offense and build a relationship with quarterback Cam Newton. He will probably play a significant amount of the game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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