Joshua Lindsey/USA Today

Ted Ginn Jr. is the X-Factor for the Carolina Panthers Offense

The majority of the news this offseason at the wide receiver position for the Carolina Panthers surrounded the return of Kelvin Benjamin and the development of Devin Funchess. However, Ted Ginn Jr. proved against the Tennessee Titans that he will still have a major role in this offense in the upcoming season.

It is hard to imagine a player who so far into their career had the type of breakout season Ted Ginn Jr. had last year with the Carolina Panthers. He finished the year with 44 receptions, 739 receiving yards and was one of 10 wide receivers to finish with double digit touchdowns (10). He also had the fifth highest yards per reception (16.8) among wide receivers with 40 or more receptions.

The even more surprising fact is that Ginn, the top wide receiver on the highest scoring offense in 2015, is a bit of an afterthought entering this season. Now the Panthers have a great deal of talent at the wide receiver position, especially with the return of Kelvin Benjamin and the strong offseason by Devin Funchess. However, the former Top 10 pick still has enough in the tank to get close to matching his numbers from a season ago.

Ginn's greatest asset was on display against the Tennessee Titans when he took what appeared to be a simple curl route and turned it into a 61-yard touchdown play. The speed he showed on the play, after he broke an initial tackle, to be able to split two Titans' defenders and just flat out out-run the opposition.

The wide receiver position is incredibly balanced with a number of different types of wide receivers. They have size for the outside with Benjamin and Funchess, which will also create plenty of red zone opportunities. They have the speed with Ginn and Philly Brown along with possession wide receivers like Greg Olsen and Brenton Bersin.

The part that makes this group so tough to stop is that they are able to feed off each other. The bigger wide receivers on the outside can create space in the middle for Olsen and Bersin while the speed and deep threat of Ginn will open up the underneath routes for players like Brown and the running backs.

The emergence of Ginn last year helped the offense tremendously, who was in a tough spot losing their number one wide receiver in training camp. Now that he has returned, Ginn is still incredibly important to this offense and will continue to bring that explosiveness to this team.

Twitter @BrandonCroce

Follow us on Twitter @PanthersonScout and like our page on Facebook.


Panther Insider Top Stories