The Carolina Panthers have the highest scoring offense in the league but GM Dave Gettleman doesn't seem satisfied as the team worked out Jon Baldwin on Tuesday. He is a former first-round pick, 26th overall, by the Kansas City Chiefs, but has had a disappointing career to this point.
After only two season with the Chiefs, he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers prior to the 2013 season for A.J. Jenkins. However, that was short lived as he played only seven games for the 49ers and has not played in the league since that 2013 season. In 33 career games, 44 reception for 607 yards and two touchdowns.
This is an interesting move for the Panthers, especially with the depth they currently have at the position. The Panthers even traded for wide receiver Kevin Norwood earlier this year who has only been active for one game this year.
However, this organization has shown a propensity of looking at wide receivers who may not have reached their full potential. At the start of the 2014 season, the Panthers signed Stephen Hill to their practice squad but unfortunately suffered a knee injury during training camp this year.
Meanwhile Baldwin has all the physical tools that would seemingly be perfect for this offense and Cam Newton. He is a big body wide receiver (6'4", 230 pounds) similar to Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess and is still relatively young at only 26 years of age.
This was most likely a tryout the Panthers held not for this season but with an eye to the future. The Panthers could consider signing him to a deal in the offseason to see if they can tap into that potential that made him a first round pick in 2011.