Because the Saints often cover one-on-one on third downs, Panthers offensive coordinator Dan Henning thought the team could take advantage of that by going with an extra receiver.
Drew Carter, playing in his first NFL game, caught a 40-yard pass to set
up Carolina's first touchdown on Carolina's opening drive.
Carter hopes he showed enough on Sunday to convince Henning to make
four-wide receiver sets a bigger part of the game plan on a weekly basis.
"Hopefully, we keep doing it," Carter said. "I hope the coaches have
confidence that we can do four wides. We work hard as receivers and we know
we can make plays. I think we showed that today."
Look for the Panthers to use four receivers some against Dallas, but not
as much as last Sunday.
Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith likes what he's seen so far from Carter,
who caught two passes for 48 yards in his NFL debut on Sunday.
Smith said Carter is the fastest player on the team.
"He just adds another dimension on the field," Smith said. "He's like
having a track guy on the bench. Send him deep. Send him real deep. If Drew
is running down the field 100 miles per hour and you have a guy who running
60 miles per hour covering him, the chances are our guy is going to win."
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