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October 30, 2012

Chudzinski says Gettis looks "rusty"

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has made it sound like adding wideout David Gettis to the active roster was a fait accompli.

But based on what offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and others in the organization are saying, that might not be the case.

Gettis, who missed the entire 2011 season following ACL surgery, began this season on the physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury.

He began practicing two weeks ago. The Panthers have until Wednesday to add Gettis to the active roster or he must remain on the PUP list the rest of the season.

"We just need to get him in and be working him in," Chudzinski said. "I think he was rusty. He’s still kind of working through. I’ve seen him improve in the last couple of weeks. I don’t know if he’s ready there yet, but I see him moving in that direction."

If Gettis goes on the 53-man roster, Armanti Edwards could be on the chopping block.

Stay tuned.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 30, 2012 at 02:37 PM | Permalink


the whole team looks more than rusty, he'll fit right in.

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 30, 2012 2:53:02 PM

This public service message brought to you by the Charlotte Observer, aka the marketing arm of the Panthers.

Meanwhile, our QB is ranked 28 out of 32 in the league, and the local press refuses to acknowledge what the rest of the nation already knows...

Posted by: Funkthis | Oct 30, 2012 3:09:48 PM

Funkthis, what's your point? What do you want them to say. Please let us know so maybe they can make you happy. It's obvious to any football fan he's not playing well, especially compared to the bar he set last year. But, as history has shown us, no QB plays as well their 2nd year in. Do you expect him to be on the level of Mannings & Brady? If you do, then you need to get back to playing Madden on Sundays. Funny how the people that are paid to analyze football for a living know this is just a growing pain, but for some odd reason, some fans (amateur spectators if you will) think they know it all. Get over yourself dude. And btw, this article didn't even mention him. Clown.

Posted by: Mike P | Oct 30, 2012 3:25:51 PM

No Mike, I expect a change in the position. Cam is not an NFL caliber QB right now. We have two other QB's on the roster, and there is no way they could be worse than Cam. Start one of them, let Cam decide if he wants to be "an entertainer" or an NFL QB.

Posted by: Funkthis | Oct 30, 2012 3:31:23 PM

Funk, you're a mental midget

Posted by: Tiny rom | Oct 30, 2012 3:35:00 PM

Yall can talk smack all you want. I was right. I called 1-7. Did you? Perhaps I know a lot more than either of you about football?!?!?! Yea, that is what I thought.

Posted by: Funkthis | Oct 30, 2012 3:40:25 PM

"I think (Gettis) was rusty."

In related news, Chud stated that two plus two equals four, and the sun will rise in the East tomorrow morning.

Gee, Chud, YA THINK????????????

Funkthis - if you really think replacing Cam with Jimmy Clausen would be an upgrade, you desparately need immediate medical attention. Dial 911. Now.

Posted by: J | Oct 30, 2012 3:41:27 PM

I'm sure you did dude. And why would you bench Cam if neither DA or Pickles could do better? They're obviously not the future here. So what would be your reasoning behind it? So Cam can learn? Isn't the best way to learn to go through it? Or do you think they should just cut Cam and go with DA or Pickles? I'm assuming you have no plan and just want Cam benched because you're most likely an Alabama fan or some other SEC school he b&tch slapped 2 years ago. Get over it dude, Cam is here, he's gonna play the rest of the year and he's gonna be here for years to come. So, either you spend those years being a miserable Panther fan, b*tching and moaning about how you know better than ALL the professionals or move onto another team. I hear Atlanta is undefeated, easy to jump on their wagon at this point.

Posted by: Mike P | Oct 30, 2012 3:46:34 PM

Funk the bunk ... Pickles is soo good isn't he. He's the future

Posted by: Big chub a dub | Oct 30, 2012 4:01:12 PM

Back to the subject, even if Gettis is not rusty he still will not be higher than Lafell in the depth chart. He's probably will get one or 2 targets per game, the same as Murphy is getting. He's definitely not going to be a contributor this season.

Posted by: themaster | Oct 30, 2012 4:10:10 PM

After their rookie year, I thought Gettis would be better than LaFell.
Mike, last year, everyone was comparing Cam's rookie year to Peyton's rookie year. Peyton's second year, his team went 13-3.

Posted by: Ben | Oct 30, 2012 4:14:14 PM

Cam gave them the lead against Atlanta and Chicago. Defense couldn't close.

Posted by: themaster | Oct 30, 2012 4:17:33 PM

I was expecting a sophomore slump(fantastic 1st season), but was not expecting Cam to pout like a 10 yr old girl when things don't go as planned.

He needs to suck it up and move forward.

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 30, 2012 4:26:50 PM

It is real simple folks - we are about 4 to 5 quality (not superstar) players away from winning these games. D is much improved. TD is starting & finishing games. Luke looks like a keeper. Rookies Norman, Silotulo, and Alexander are getting valuable experience. Nortman looks solid (except for shank in Chi game). Medlock has gained some confidence. LaFell is beginning to pay dividends. And Cam can only get better with experience. We just need several more quality players and this ship is turned around. We should be in good slots to get 2 of those needs this draft. Its not like we are getting blown out (save NYG game). I was the first to shoot down this preseason Super Bowl talk, was not realistic. Give it time. The Ws are on the horizon. Keep Pounding!

Posted by: Fan | Oct 30, 2012 4:34:54 PM

We all know where Gettis is going and don't need 3 guesses.
Truly wished he could have got going this year... Lafell would not have been the #2 receiver!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 30, 2012 4:37:59 PM

I don't fall for the gaining experience comment. Last year, DT's Fua and McClain were supposedly gaining experience and are now nowhere to be found. Greg Hardy, finally had a good game after being MIA last year and the first 6 games this year. Sherrod Martin has experience but can't find his way onto the field. We need production on D, not guys who need experience.

Posted by: themaster | Oct 30, 2012 4:42:38 PM

Not only do the current guys need experience. They need time to grow physically. I have no issue when the Panthers replace guys with better guys. Means you are improving. The real crux of all this is the mistakes drafting in previous years. The Everett Brown's, Armanti Edwards', the Terrell McClain's, the Corey Irvin's, the Duke Robinson's, the Eric Norwood's, the Brandon Hogan's. The quicker we get better at drafting, the quicker we get better. All these young guys currently on the roster will be experienced vets soon. We just need to add talent around them, not just good picks in Round 1. Hopefully the next GM can make solida later round picks.

Posted by: Fan | Oct 30, 2012 5:04:39 PM

I'm hoping for some free agents as well. The last "big" free agent we signed was Ron Edwards. This past year was Nakamura. Let's bring in some guys for starting spots instead of depth and special teams.

Posted by: themaster | Oct 30, 2012 5:14:49 PM

Cut or trade Armanti and put Gettis in, we are not going to the playoff, put him in the game and allow him to get better. For next yr.

Posted by: Bruce Payne | Oct 30, 2012 5:18:09 PM

No one wants armanti but me. You know why? He'll be mowing my lawn after the panthers cut him. He isn't nfl material prolly make a good mover though

Posted by: Big chub a dub | Oct 30, 2012 5:21:09 PM

he hasn't been the problem. play calling has been atrocious. giants game would have been out of reach for anybody. you can't fumble 2 kick returns in a game and win. you can't.

only game that was NO DOUBT a horrible game by cam was the seattle game. but it still wasn't clausen bad. it still wasn't blaine gabbert bad. manning and brady have had games that bad too. and later in their careers.

we're losing close. that's on coaching.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 30, 2012 5:31:51 PM

BS. Armanti needs to be given playing time at the WR position. What the hell has he not done this year when given the chance? The one time we threw to him(Atlanta) he caught the ball at the line of scrimage and ran for 12 yards and a first down. Then he threw a perfect pass to Smitty that could of been a TD if he hadnt gotten tripped up by the DB. Then, AE doesnt see the field again?? Chud needs his brain examined!

Posted by: Eman | Oct 30, 2012 5:33:44 PM

were 1-6 play him

Posted by: Marko Little | Oct 30, 2012 5:49:05 PM

If Gettis is ready to contribute significantly this season, then he should be brought up. However, it is hard to imagine that--with his slow physical recovery and late practice start--this is anything more than wishful thinking on Rivera's part. And Chud seems to see it as such.
Two thoughts occur after reading this little piece:
First, with Chud seeming to contradict Rivera on Gettis and Sean McD complaining that a team with his Defense's stats should be winning games (i.e. Where is Chud's offense?), we may be having a breakdown of communication and co-operation among the lead coaches. That would be a story worth pursuing.
Second, why assume that it is Armanti who is going to get axed if Gettis comes back? AE returns punts better than anybody else on the team has done this year. He can catch the ball and get yards with it after the catch. And he can move the ball out of the wildcat either running or throwing. Plus, he has a great work ethic without the egotism that mars the effectiveness of several of his teammates.
So, instead of putting AE on the "chopping block", why not do something constructive and ask why Edwards isn't being played more. For starters, you could wonder aloud what Captain M. has done as a punt returner to keep Edwards from taking up that task for the rest of the season.

Posted by: Caliban | Oct 30, 2012 5:58:58 PM

play them or cut them! stop wasting time!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 30, 2012 6:38:02 PM

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