Panthers Could Be in the Market for WR

Even though the Carolina Panthers cut their roster down to 53 men yesterday they may not be done making moves before the season.

The Carolina Panthers currently only have five wide receivers on the roster which could be an indication the front office are thinking about adding another pass catcher off the waiver wire. These are a couple wide receivers the team could be targeting.

 

James Jones

The Panthers recently released a former Green Bay Packer wide receiver (Jarrett Boykin) and may be interested in adding another one. The New York Giants released James Jones over the weekend and he should be one of the Panthers top targets.

At 6’1” and 200 pounds, Jones is a bigger wide receiver which is something the front office has been looking for. He is a little bit older at 31 years of age but is coming off a solid season with the Oakland Raiders. He caught 73 passes (which is a career high) for 666 receiving yards and six touchdowns however he finished with a career low in yards per reception at 9.1.

The Panthers already have the speed element in their wide receiver group with Corey Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. and could use a solid possession wide receiver like Jones.

 

Duron Carter

Another big wide receiver currently available is Duron Carter, who was cut by the Indianapolis Colts. Carter, who is the son of Hall of Famer Cris Carter, signed with the Colts this offseason after two seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes. He was highly productive while he was there catching 124 passes for 1,939 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

The one thing that stands out most about Carter is his size at 6’5” and played very well this preseason. He actually led the Colts’ receivers with nine receptions for 126 yards with a majority of those stats coming in the last two games. The Colts have incredible depth at wide receiver with T.Y Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief and first round pick Phillip Dorsett.

It would make sense that the Panthers would have interest now that Carter is a free agent because earlier this offseason the team showed interest in him before he signed with the Colts.

 

Reggie Wayne

This certainly would be a long shot but at the very least the Panthers’ front office needs to make the call. Only a few week after signing a deal with the New England Patriots, Wayne asked for his release from the organization. release from the organization The expectation was that Wayne would decide to retire however ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that may not be the case tweeted

Certainly Carolina could be that right situation with the team having an established quarterback (Cam Newton) and coach (Ron Rivera) to go along with a top tier defense. They also play in a weak division and have a good chance to make the playoffs this year.

Now, the Panthers didn’t call Wayne earlier this offseason but at the time they believed in the wide receiver position. There is a little more uncertainty this time around and the Panthers may have a little more interest.

 

Dezmin Lewis

One player fans may not know about but should be on the Panthers’ radar is Dezmin Lewis, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills. The team used a seventh round pick on Lewis, but similar to Carter, have a number of established wide receivers and there wasn’t any room on the roster for him.

Lewis is another big wide receiver at 6’4” and as his scouting report at NFL.com said “Good height and overall size…Good height and overall size.” After a slow preseason, Lewis had a productive final preseason game against the Detroit Lions with six receptions for 81 yards.

The Panthers already have a number of young wide receivers like Devin Funchess, Corey Brown and Kevin Norwood, so the Panthers could be inclined to bring in more of a veteran presence rather than a young wide receiver. However, if they are looking for a player who won’t command a high price tag, the rookie out of Central Arkansas could be a smart fit.

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