« Week 11 observations: | Main | Gamble remains a starter - for now »

November 22, 2006

What's up with Colbert and Carter? Not much

Remember back when the Panthers signed Keyshawn Johnson and all the talk was about how much deeper the team would be at wide receiver?

   Well, they are a bit deeper than last year. Johnson at least gives them one legitimate option after Steve Smith. But the Panthers clearly have become a two-receiver team.

   Keary Colbert and Drew Carter have combined for zero catches since the Oct. 15 game against Baltimore. Colbert, who was supposedly hampered by an ankle injury when he was a starter last year, has taken a step back. He has five catches for the season.

   Yet, Colbert’s still been working as the third receiver the last two weeks as Carter, who has 15 catches, has completely disappeared.

   That means it’s imperative Johnson and Smith stay healthy for the rest of the season. It’s also imperative the Panthers get a quality receiver for next season in the draft or free agency.

   SLANTED PERSPECTIVE. Just a thought here, but whatever happened to the slant pass? It seems to have disappeared from the Panthers playbook, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. With a speedy receiver like Smith, the slant can be as dangerous as a 50-yard bomb. Johnson also is big enough to break a few tackles after a catch on a slant, but he's not getting the opportunity.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 22, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


I think the slant disappeared after Steve Smith dropped several of them in the previous few weeks. It seems his level of play has picked up a bit since then, so it would be nice to see them try it some more.

Posted by: Matt | Nov 22, 2006 12:56:00 PM

I like the slant pass as well. One of the first (if not THE first) TDs Smitty caught this year was a slant pass...also its a pretty safe pass with not much chance of interception.

Posted by: James | Nov 22, 2006 2:24:07 PM

Wasn't that a slant pass that Keyshawn got called for a facemask?

Posted by: David | Nov 22, 2006 2:41:52 PM

With Steve and Keyshawn on the field at the same time the 3rd receiver , tight end and
running back should be wide open.
Lets call some of those plays on 1st
and 3rd downs but please run the patterns
a yard or 2 beyond the chains. It frustrating to get 5 yards when we need 6 yards for a first down.

Posted by: so cal fan | Nov 22, 2006 4:49:39 PM

Agreed, the slant in the St. Louis game (a couple years ago, in the playoffs) is perhaps one of the best examples of what this sort of pass can do with a receiver like Smitty on the field.

From the strict definition:

"Throwing the slant pass either too high or behind the receiver will create problems in that the receiver cannot protect the ball with his body as he makes the catch and the defenders will have a greater opportunity to make a play on the ball."


Hmm... So if the QB throws it too high or behind the receiver, it may be a problem. That sounds like an issue with our boy Jake. :)

Posted by: Chad Everett | Nov 22, 2006 4:49:44 PM

I've rewatched a few of the games (particularly the last three), and it seems, at least to me, that Jake isn't really ever looking for anyone by Smith or Johnson. I mean honestly, I can't say that it has been that Colbert and/or Carter have been dropping balls, nor have they been in 'lock down' coverage. They aren't always wide open or anything, but I think a large part of the reason they aren't catching balls is simply because it isn't being thrown their way. I guess what I'm getting at is perhaps Jake himself is locked on to his primaries a bit too much. Least I think that's part of the problem.

Posted by: Travis | Nov 22, 2006 6:17:56 PM

We are a two receiver offense, thus grabbing another in free agency or the draft would be utterly pointless. Carter has been fine, we just don't use third receivers much considering that you have to remove a fullback or tight end to get them on the field.

Posted by: J.D. | Nov 22, 2006 7:58:23 PM

Nothing is wrong with either Colbert, or Carter. Delhomme just doesn't spread the ball around very well. Which will always help hold our offense back.

Posted by: James | Nov 22, 2006 9:19:06 PM

Considering all of the existing talent at wide receiver, why not invest any additional "wide receiver" budget into a quarter back who can utilize them effectively???

Posted by: IntSackfumble | Nov 24, 2006 4:50:18 PM

I agree with several posts here: Carter and Colbert have disappeared because they have simply not been thrown the ball. ..It's either due to Jake Delhomme or Dan Henning or both. Though I like Jake, he will never be mistaken for Tom Brady, who easily spreads balls out to seven different receivers a game. Jake tends to lock onto certain receivers way too much. And Dan Henning has a simplistic "feed the stud" approach, in which he predicates the whole offense on several players and lets them carry 90 percent of the load. Focusing on getting a third receiver is pointless. Our QB and our OC are dictating this issue.

Posted by: Dan | Nov 24, 2006 7:46:00 PM

Being a huge Ricky Proehl fan, I may be a bit biased on this one, but it seems his steady production has been sorely missed.

Posted by: Josh | Nov 26, 2006 8:41:44 PM

Why does Carolina have any tight ends??They use a tight end{Magnum]once every 5 games.might as well have extra linemen,we sure dont need tight ends.

Posted by: Ray | Nov 27, 2006 1:49:23 AM

Its not the receiver, its the QB. IMO, Delhomme is an average QB. I know everyone loves him and any critism to Jake is taken personally by most Panthers fans... but, he is an average quarterback. Without the stellar Steve Smith this would be more obvious.
Our offense will struggle when our running game is hindered (and we get predictable on 2nd and 3rd)(how many times during the Skins game did you say "here comes a pass to Smith, 2nd opt to Keyshawn"). Gregg Williams (Skin's Def Co-ord)called cover 2 all day b/c (1) its effective against passes to the top #2 receivers, and (2) it can be used effectively against weak rushing teams.

Against the Eagles, I think we'll again see only field goals from our offense unless we get great field position from returns/turnovers. Hopefully, we can still win with our defense though

Posted by: highonlowe | Nov 27, 2006 10:41:04 AM

I meant to include also-
With next year's draft, we need linebackers, a backup QB, and a safety

Posted by: highonlowe | Nov 27, 2006 10:43:57 AM

I am glad everyone sees what I see, or don't see. No plays for the tight end. No backs out of the backfield. Throws to the underneath reciever on 4 yard routes when they need 6 for a first down. Does anyone remember when Weinke came in for Jake last year? He threw to Ricky P on the last game winning drive. I say let Weinke give it a try. At least he should be able to spread the ball around more. It can't get worse.

Posted by: bill | Nov 27, 2006 4:29:37 PM

Let us all admit the fact that Jake Delhomme stinks. Slants, reciever corp, it doesn't really matter. Add that to Dan Henning who clearly must fall asleep during most games and boy oh boy do we have a winning combination. Bench Jake, put in Weinke, draft 2 new QB's next year for the future and move to the next phase of Panthers history. Jake is done.

Posted by: Doug | Nov 27, 2006 5:02:55 PM

There is no doubt that Jake has struggled this season, but you can't blame Carter's problems on Jake. Anyone see the deep ball Jake threw to Carter that hit him in the facemask?? How do you miss that one?? If he catches that ball, it's 1st and 10 inside FG range with 5 minutes remaining and a 3 point lead. Who knows what would have happened?

As for Colbert, he's been a wasted roster spot. I'm glad he was finally inactive. He doesn't even play special teams.

Posted by: Kevin | Nov 29, 2006 8:04:55 AM

Talk about lack of SLANT ROUTS!!1
Dan Henning must go!!!!!

Posted by: Dan | Dec 3, 2006 10:06:13 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.