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August 26, 2008

Panthers sign WR Parker

The Panthers have signed veteran WR Samie Parker, who was released by Denver on Monday.

Parker, 27, adds speed and experience to a wide receiver position that has been thinned by injuries and Steve Smith's suspension for the first two games.

Parker, a former track sprinter at Oregon, caught 110 passes for 1,529 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with Kansas City.

He signed with Denver in the offseason, but didn't fit into the Broncos' West Coast offense, and was released Monday.

Because he's a vested veteran, he didn't have to go through the waiver system and was available immediately.

The Panthers hope he'll be a better fit in their scheme. Coach John Fox said he could also get a look as a kick returner.

To make room for Parker on the roster, the Panthers released WR Sean Bailey, formerly of Georgia.

Parker might get some playing time in Thursday's exhibition finale at Pittsburgh. The Panthers hope to have him on the regular-season roster for the opening game Sept. 7 at San Diego.

Against the Chargers, the Panthers expect to be without three of the top six receivers from training camp. Smith will be serving the first of a two-game suspension for punching teammate Ken Lucas. Ryne Robinson is unlikely to be back for the opener as he recovers from a knee injury. Jason Carter was placed on injured reserve this week after tearing his ACL against the Redskins last Saturday. Also, the Panthers are still waiting on veteran D.J. Hackett to return from a toe injury.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 26, 2008 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

Comments

Great speed, too bad he has no hands, :(

Posted by: jake | Aug 26, 2008 1:03:56 PM

I like it!

Posted by: tarheel08 | Aug 26, 2008 1:05:05 PM

No guarantee this guy makes the opening day roster. Don't know that he's every returned a kick in the NFL before. Wouldn't be shocked if we add someone else by Saturday.

Posted by: JanitorDan | Aug 26, 2008 1:07:01 PM

I love this move. Since I live in Kansas I'm basically forced to watch KC games, and the ones I've watched Parker performed exceptionally well even with one of the worst QB tandem's in the league.

Posted by: Nate | Aug 26, 2008 1:11:56 PM

He's got KR experience. We're probably not done, but getting someone experienced after the first cuts is a good deal. We'll get almost two full weeks to take a look at him before setting opening day rosters.

Posted by: Authority | Aug 26, 2008 1:12:27 PM

PFT reports that Troy Williamson will likely be cut this weekend by the Jaguars. He's returned kicks in the past. I have to think he'd be an upgrade over Samie Parker. Wouldn't be surprised if we brought him in...he's a South Carolina guy.

Posted by: JanitorDan | Aug 26, 2008 1:12:43 PM

since he's coming from Broncos, are they cutting him and keeping Colbert?

Posted by: jp | Aug 26, 2008 1:22:06 PM

JP, thats right, Denvers known for their prowess at the running back position, not receiver position.

Posted by: matt | Aug 26, 2008 1:35:53 PM

Great another fast receiver with no hands, this guy may actually be less effective than Drew Carter... Denver actually cut this guy over Colbert, who next to Drew Carter was the biggest waste of space in Panthers history.

Posted by: Brown Dog | Aug 26, 2008 1:37:56 PM

Another Duck! That is now 4! I am loving it!

Posted by: Bryan | Aug 26, 2008 1:41:08 PM

Its encouraging that we're addressing this, regardless of how Parker turns out.

HOPEFULLY, our running back tandem will force teams to load the box, at least in the first couple weeks, opening up opportunities for Moose and Jarrett and Rosario (and hopefully Hackett soon).

I'd like to see a fellow Wolfpack alum like Koren Robinson do well. He has great talent (he was on his way to breaking a lot of Torry Holt's receiving records but K-Rob went pro after 2 seasons). Still he's probably had too many off-field issues for the Panthers to take a chance on him. If he ever cleans up his act he can still have a productive career.

Posted by: JamesQC | Aug 26, 2008 1:44:35 PM

Drew Carter is on IR guys...

Posted by: Sweeney | Aug 26, 2008 1:46:57 PM

I like this guy, My boyfriend likes him better.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 26, 2008 1:51:57 PM

OK...let's take a look at a few things here:
* Parker got cut by the Broncos because he was behind, among others...Keary Colbert (yes, THAT Keary Colbert
* Despite all his speed, another reason Parker was cut was that he was not proving to be a consistent downfield threat.
* Why would we try him as a returner? He has no experience at KR or PR in the league, and he only returned a handful of kicks at Oregon.

However, we do know he can get open if given the chance...he caught 41 balls as recently as '06. Also, he's definitely an upgrade over Sean Bailey, so he might just fit the bill better than Dominique Thompson (who I've been surprised not to see returning kicks himself) or Chris Hannon.

James, with as many NFL teams as need WRs and KRs, there's a reason Koren Robinson has been unemployed since shortly after the draft.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 26, 2008 1:53:15 PM

Williamson is the guy we need to take a long look at. Parker has never returned a punt nor a kickoff, and he's small. Williamson has returned 43 kickoffs, plus he's taller - bigger - and younger (only 25 yrs old). If memory serves me correctly, Troy was also the fastest guy at the combine in 2005 (4.2 I think)Give Parker a quick shot and then look at Troy and decide.

Posted by: Trainwasher | Aug 26, 2008 1:53:32 PM

How does Drew Carter being on IR relate to this blog?

Posted by: matt | Aug 26, 2008 1:54:55 PM

"there's a reason Koren Robinson has been unemployed since shortly after the draft."

And like I said, IF he could clean up his act, he could still have a nice career.

He had better numbers than Torry Holt did after he played 2 years, he got drafted for a reason, because he has talent. He just loves the sauce too much :(

Posted by: JamesQC | Aug 26, 2008 1:57:34 PM

plus, I dont think they are planning on using Parker as a return man, theyve got guys like Gamble who has experience at it, plus the can use Steward to field kickoffs until Robinson is healthy enough.

Posted by: matt | Aug 26, 2008 1:59:00 PM

considering what is usually out there at this point in the season, Parker is a good pick up. I think some people are playing madden a little too much and think the next steve smith is waitin on waivers.

Posted by: Takesus | Aug 26, 2008 2:00:58 PM

Props to Chandler for predicting this one. I've been very pleased with the quality of y'all's coverage through training camp. Excellent work.

Posted by: Jon | Aug 26, 2008 2:17:35 PM

I agree with Takesus. This guy is just a body to stretch the defense till Smith, Hackett, and Robinson get back anyway.

Posted by: John | Aug 26, 2008 2:18:00 PM

Williamson? Are you serious? Williamson is a bust, no doubt about it. He has no hands, his KR average is only about 20 yards which is nothing to write home about. Parker has more receptions, and higher YAC. Sure he hasn't returned kicks since college, but that wasn't too long ago.

Posted by: Nate | Aug 26, 2008 2:32:01 PM

what happend to peter warrick?

Posted by: Byrd | Aug 26, 2008 2:57:41 PM

What happend to peter warrick?

Posted by: Byrd | Aug 26, 2008 3:03:12 PM

Don't count on this being a long-term pickup anyway. I suspect we'll fast-track him as a return specialist and let him pick up the offense during the regular season. We're 3 deep at WR right now and will be 4 deep when Hackett returns in the next few days. The only reason he's never returned in the NFL was that KC already had Dante Hall doing it better than anyone else in the league.

Posted by: Authority | Aug 26, 2008 3:06:29 PM

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