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February 26, 2011

Panthers to bring Shockey in for physical

INDIANAPOLIS

At his introductory press conference in January, Ron Rivera said he would prefer the Panthers find one tight end rather than the committee approach they used last season.

They might have found him. Emphasis on might.

The Panthers will bring veteran TE Jeremy Shockey in for a physical next week and could reunite Shockey with his University of Miami position coach – Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

The move makes sense on a couple of levels, beginning with Shockey's familiarity with Chudzinski. Plus, as Rivera intimated at his presser, the type of offense he wants to run requires a capable tight end.

An AFC coordinator said this week the offense in San Diego, where Rivera and Chudzinski coached under Norv Turner, features a lot of route combinations involving the tight end.

The Chargers have one of the best in Antonio Gates.

When healthy, the 30-year-old Shockey, who was released by New Orleans last week, was among the top pass-catching tight ends in the league.

But there are a couple of potential obstacles, beginning with Shockey's health.

He's spent a decade in the NFL and had career lows in receptions (41) and receiving yards (408) last season with the Saints. Shockey, who had one season and $4.2 million in base salary left on his Saints' contract, battled injuries in each of his three seasons in New Orleans.

However, Shockey passed a physical for the Dolphins last week, according to an ESPN report.

Complicating matters is the looming lockout. Shockey would have to sign a contract before the current labor deal expires at the end of the day Thursday.

 --Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM | Permalink

Comments

If the price is right then it makes sense, he's certainly a grade above our current TE's, I could see Shockey and Rosario on the roster.

Posted by: Kenny | Feb 27, 2011 3:20:33 AM

If the price is right then it makes sense, he's certainly a grade above our current TE's, I could see Shockey and Rosario on the roster.

Posted by: Kenny | Feb 27, 2011 3:20:33 AM

If the price is right then it makes sense, he's certainly a grade above our current TE's, I could see Shockey and Rosario on the roster.

Posted by: Kenny | Feb 27, 2011 3:20:33 AM

if the price is aight he alright

Posted by: matt | Feb 27, 2011 4:06:34 AM

if the price is aight he alright

Posted by: matt | Feb 27, 2011 4:06:54 AM

if the price is aight he alright

Posted by: matt | Feb 27, 2011 4:06:55 AM

if the price is aight he alright

Posted by: matt | Feb 27, 2011 4:06:55 AM

if the price is aight he alright

Posted by: matt | Feb 27, 2011 4:07:25 AM

Shockey would be a great addition to our reciving corps. If he can stay healthy and Gettis, Edwards and Lafell improve then our reciving group will be enitrely diffrent.

Posted by: Tyler | Feb 27, 2011 7:37:05 AM

Jeremy Shockey is not a good fit with a young quarterback. When he was a Giant he was always in Eli's face if he did not get the ball. Imagine Steve Smith and Shockey in the same huddle. It would be more intimidating that the opposing defence!

Posted by: John | Feb 27, 2011 8:30:16 AM

I obviously don't know the guy, but his reputation precedes him as being a bit of a jerk. I don't know how I would feel about him being a Panther. It's not like he is Roethlisberger, though. I fell sorry for the Steelers fans who have to pull for a sexually-assaulting creep like him. Rivera strikes me as being a serious man with good judgement, though, so if Shockey is ok by him, he'd be ok by me.

Posted by: jeff | Feb 27, 2011 10:20:53 AM

The mere fact that the Panthers are considering Shockey is exciting. He is a primadonna but man he can run with the ball after a catch. We need some guys with personality other than Steve Smith.

Posted by: jimcat | Feb 27, 2011 10:27:27 AM

I'm not willing to judge our current tight ends as Fox's vanilla offense used them as blockers mostly, going so far as to line them up as fullbacks often. I think King and Rosario could be very good if they get thrown more than one pass per game.

I'm so glad Fox is out of here! I wish I knew a Bronco fan I could pick on.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Feb 27, 2011 10:44:20 AM

Could care less if he's a jerk. Steve Smith is a jerk. Chud's offenses feature a pass catching TE. Shockey will finally free up Smith enough to get him the ball.

Posted by: I Love Lance Bass | Feb 27, 2011 11:16:53 AM

Could care less if he's a jerk. Steve Smith is a jerk. Chud's offenses feature a pass catching TE. Shockey will finally free up Smith enough to get him the ball.

Posted by: I Love Lance Bass | Feb 27, 2011 11:16:53 AM

At age 30, with his background, he still has potential to take the pressure defense off of Smith and to be effective as a good receiver himself.

Posted by: Albert Waters | Feb 27, 2011 11:31:19 AM

I agree...shockey would be a gr8 addition 2 our team...he can take alot of pressure off smith..and 1 other thing I like bout him is that he is physical. Now go get vince young.
Go Panthers!!!

Posted by: Matt | Feb 27, 2011 12:00:39 PM

I think Rosario is good enough for that role he just needs a chance and some decent QB play. I don't recall seeing him drop many passes thrown in his direction, remember the SD game a couple years ago. A healthy Shockey would be a great addition as long as the QB play improves, if it doesn't he will be a malcontent in the locker room. At the end of the day it doesn't matter who plays TE if the QB play doesn't improve greatly.

Posted by: Chris G. | Feb 27, 2011 2:02:47 PM

I guess if the price is low it's not the worst move. Just seems like he is way past his best years to me

Posted by: John | Feb 27, 2011 2:54:38 PM

Is it possible to get shockey and then trade for vince young? If we could trade a 3rd rounder or so we could get excellent value at the 1st with a quality pass rusher or a stud DT I just wonder how many comp picks we should be getting?

Posted by: Ricky | Feb 27, 2011 6:21:25 PM

With the QBs and the play calling the Panthers have had, we have absolutely no idea about the pass-catching abilities of the current group of receivers and tight ends. We can draw absolutely no definitive conclusions based upon what any of our players have done in the past. Rosario has shown a lot of potential. But for the Panthers, anyone who expected to get a pass especially where a play could be made on the ball has got to be some frustrated individuals.

Posted by: Brown | Feb 27, 2011 10:07:00 PM

I don't mind this idea in theory when it comes to their dedication to improving the position, but Shockey is WAY past his prime. Dude didn't have more than 30 yards in a game after the game against us in Week 4 despite playing in one of the most pass-friendly offenses in the entire league. He also has the character issues many have already mentioned. As to the guys already on the roster at the position, they're just that--guys. Each was a fifth round pick, which simply isn't the place to pick up future Pro Bowlers. If you look at their completion percentage based on their targets, none impresses, so it wasn't a matter of opportunity.
Rosario-32 catches/59 targets=54%
King-19/32=59%
Barnidge-0/9=0%
For comparison's sake, this year's Pro Bowlers at the position:
Antonio Gates-50/67=75%
Tony Gonzalez-70/113=62%
Marcedes Lewis-58/90=64%
Zach Miller-60/93=65%
Jason Witten-94/129=73%

It's obvious that our guys just don't get the job done relative to other TEs in the league. The argument might be made that our QB play reduced their effectiveness, but it would be tough to sell the idea that Lewis, Miller, and Witten had great QB play out of Garrard, Campbell/Gradkowski, or Kitna.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 27, 2011 11:55:51 PM

I don't mind this idea in theory when it comes to their dedication to improving the position, but Shockey is WAY past his prime. Dude didn't have more than 30 yards in a game after the game against us in Week 4 despite playing in one of the most pass-friendly offenses in the entire league. He also has the character issues many have already mentioned. As to the guys already on the roster at the position, they're just that--guys. Each was a fifth round pick, which simply isn't the place to pick up future Pro Bowlers. If you look at their completion percentage based on their targets, none impresses, so it wasn't a matter of opportunity.
Rosario-32 catches/59 targets=54%
King-19/32=59%
Barnidge-0/9=0%
For comparison's sake, this year's Pro Bowlers at the position:
Antonio Gates-50/67=75%
Tony Gonzalez-70/113=62%
Marcedes Lewis-58/90=64%
Zach Miller-60/93=65%
Jason Witten-94/129=73%

It's obvious that our guys just don't get the job done relative to other TEs in the league. The argument might be made that our QB play reduced their effectiveness, but it would be tough to sell the idea that Lewis, Miller, and Witten had great QB play out of Garrard, Campbell/Gradkowski, or Kitna.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 27, 2011 11:55:51 PM

Excellent stats to back-up your point, Procton. The kind of reporting excellence sadly missing from our group of beat reporters. Although your premise that those QB's are not better than Clausen is shaky.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Feb 28, 2011 9:34:43 AM

Excellent stats to back-up your point, Procton. The kind of reporting excellence sadly missing from our group of beat reporters. Although your premise that those QB's are not better than Clausen is shaky.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Feb 28, 2011 9:34:43 AM

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