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May 04, 2012

Ex-Houston WR Jacoby Jones visits Panthers

Wide reciver Jacoby Jones met with the Panthers on Thursday, two days after being released by the Houston Texans, according to two league sources.

The Panthers are interested in Jones as the possible No. 2 receiver opposite Steve Smith, who signed a contract extension last month.

Jones has drawn interest from multiple teams and is scheduled to make two more visits, sources said.

Jones caught 31 passes for 512 yards last season as Andre Johnson, the Texans' top receiver, battled injuries much of the season. Texans' fans likely will remember Jones' muffed punt in the first quarter of a loss to Baltimore in an AFC divisional playoff game.

Jones, who will turn 28 in July, was scheduled to make $3 million this season in the second year of a three-year deal with Houston.

Legedu Naanee, the Panthers' No. 2 wideout last season, recently signed with Miami as a free agent.

The Panthers have a pair of third-year receivers currently in line for the second receiver spot – Brandon LaFell and David Gettis, who missed all of 2011 after tearing his ACL in training camp.

LaFell caught 36 passes for for 613 yards and three touchdowns last season. His 91-yard touchdown catch in a 48-16 win against Tampa Bay was the longest offensive play in team history.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 4, 2012 at 01:23 PM | Permalink


Mr richardson, please pick him up, he is a solid option at WR and he would fit perfectly in Carolina!!!

Posted by: Kirby | May 4, 2012 1:40:22 PM

He would be a nice luxury pickup, but I don't think we NEED him. We have Smith, LaFell, Gettis, Pilares, and now Adams. Solid group there, plus we need Pilares and Adams for KR/PR. I don't think we'd keep more than 5 active. I would much rather us go after CB Drayton Florence, who just got released by the Chargers. Another SD connection, and would provide an immediate starter opposite Gamble. Our CB'scould be Gamble and Florence as starters, with Hogan, Butler, and Norman as the nickel/dimers and Captain GONE! That would be a pretty solind group IMO.

Posted by: pantherguy | May 4, 2012 1:40:39 PM

We dont really need him. If we could go out an get a real decent and known cornerback, that would be nice. We already got LaFell, Gettis, and now Adams. Unless were gonna start playing in like 4 receiver sets.

Posted by: JohnGoddy | May 4, 2012 2:00:52 PM

If he can be signed to a resonable contract, it would be helpful to get him. The guys that we have coming back from last year and from injuries will provide excellent competition and depth. Do not see Adams as playing significant minutes in his rookie year as a WR. Pilares is marginal at best. Smitty is tough as nails but not indestructible.

Posted by: psl | May 4, 2012 2:10:16 PM

I don't see Jacoby as BIG improvement over LaFell or Gettis, but perhaps it's insurance for Gettis who plays and built alike. Jacoby is dynamic KR so that keeps Adams on PR. Jacoby would be the big Malcom Floyd that Chud had in SD. Big fast burner on the outside that can take the top off. I'd welcome the signing. Drop Edwards.

Posted by: Scott | May 4, 2012 2:14:24 PM

Spend that money on Drayton Florence!

Posted by: joe cool | May 4, 2012 2:22:10 PM

Agreed pantherguy and JohnGoddy. The talent level at WR looks really promising...Would hate for Gettis, Pilares or Adams, who all have talent, get displaced and turn out to be gems on another team. Gettis showed his playmaking ability in his rookie year and LaFell keeps getting better as a possession WR. If needed, wait until camp starts to see how they gel.

Posted by: Kev03_ | May 4, 2012 2:26:44 PM

Please sign drayton florence...Rivera loves his San Diego players so get this deal done!

Posted by: Josh | May 4, 2012 2:33:08 PM

Jones has always been one of those WR that has potential, which is so far only theoretical. no one has ever disputed his physical talents, but apparently he has yet to encounter any coaching that can motivate him to be more than just a collegiate has been.
Our coaching staff did far more last year than I anticipated. So I suspect that they can likely get more from Jones than the average offensive coaching he has had. But I wouldn't spend much for him; perhaps a contract with more incentive money than guaranteed money.
Incentive driven is how all NFL contracts should be - then we would not have so many holdouts, though the union would never allow it.

Posted by: SLCan | May 4, 2012 2:35:05 PM

dont' forget about me!

Posted by: money edwards | May 4, 2012 3:00:46 PM

Sign Plaxico and we will be straight

Posted by: delo3428 | May 4, 2012 3:27:21 PM

Drayton Florence was released by the BILLS!
San Diego is interested in him. Just getting the facts straight.

Posted by: Real panthers fan | May 4, 2012 3:27:33 PM

If Nanee had not been on the team last year starting in front of Lafell, Lafell would have caught 80 passes last year. Panthers do not need a number two wide receiver...they already have one ...Lafell.

Posted by: Ron R | May 4, 2012 4:46:35 PM

Thanks Real Panthers Fan, I was just about to correct everyone on that. Look, I'm all for bringing in possible impact players, but the fact is that we have a pretty good group of receivers, the only guy I would want gone is Armantti Edwards. And even he showed some growth last preseason and did ok as a punt returner. So at this point, you're talking about Smitty, Lafell, Gettis, Adams, Pilares, and then a sixth guy from Edwards and all the wide receivers we got through free agency. The first five guys there are pretty much penciled in, Edwards is really gonna have to battle to get on the team, I think he'll be lost. My money is on the speedster Jared Green.

Posted by: el | May 4, 2012 5:00:18 PM

He'd be a great fit and we wouldn't have to worry about him fielding punts with Joe Adams around!

Posted by: Andrew | May 4, 2012 5:01:33 PM

It's amazing how so many fans are seemingly satisfied with having a mediocre receiving corps year after year. We still haven't had a true number 2 WR since Mushin Muhammad.

Posted by: Reed | May 4, 2012 5:27:37 PM

@ Reed - Amen! Not having a TRUE #2 receiver has been our problem for years. Why we continue to ignore that...I don't know.

Posted by: RF | May 4, 2012 6:49:26 PM

The only way to get better is to upgrade the competition between the players. We were lacking last year in receiving. I realize that some of this was due to Gettis being injured but I don't think that it would hurt to throw another veteran receiver in the mix.

Posted by: Cheeseburgerface | May 4, 2012 8:04:29 PM

Sign him. It never hurts to have competion at the wide receiver position.

Posted by: Black--Panther | May 4, 2012 8:41:16 PM

To those who are saying we have no #2 receiver, I would point to the fact that Greg Olsen, a TE, is the #2 in Chud's offense. I do feel, however, that Lafell has the potential to be a true #2,but Gettis, assuming he can come back to his rookie form, also should be able to legitimately compete for the #2 as well. Competition never hurts, so bring in Jones and see who steps up. Don't forget Smitty is another year older and it may be time to start grooming our next #1.

Posted by: djfoams | May 4, 2012 10:56:33 PM

There are a lot similarities of Adams to Smitty. Both were mid round picks with speed and kick return skills. Similar size as well. Would not be surprised if he came out of nowhere to take a starting role in year 2. I think its safe to say, especially if we sign J. Jones, that there is no room on this roster for Armanti Edwards. I was rooting for him to succeed, but unfortunately the project has become a burden.

Posted by: djfoams | May 4, 2012 11:01:31 PM

The guy is a STUD .... Houston never figured out how to use him correctly....sign this guy....please!

Posted by: sectime | May 4, 2012 11:04:10 PM

sign this man

Posted by: james | May 5, 2012 8:21:25 AM

Won't miss Knucklehead Nannygoat one bit, good riddance.

Posted by: Sports don | May 5, 2012 8:37:21 AM

Maybe I'm wrong but I believe that Lafell can be that guy if he's given the opportunity, the kid has a great pair of hands and is a big target, kind of reminds me of Moose only with better hands. Unless we're going to sign or trade for a stud at WR, we should stand pat and let LeFell get those reps. GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: Shane P | May 5, 2012 10:15:55 AM

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