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October 17, 2012

Gettis practices for first time

Panthers wideout David Gettis returned to practice Wednesday, but likely will not be ready to play in a game until next week at the earliest.

Gettis, who underwent season-ending knee surgery at training camp in 2011, has been on the physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury.

The Panthers have three weeks to activate Gettis to the 53-man roster.

Gettis, a sixth-round pick from Baylor in 2010, caught 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. Gettis' 88-yard touchdown catch from Brian St. Pierre against Baltimore was the third-longest in team history.

“He ran well, and he's a big target,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of the 6-3, 220-pound Gettis. “He seemed pretty good for the wear. He got a lot of good work today, so we're pretty excited. We'll see how he reacts (Thursday) morning.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM | Permalink


Where is Brandon Hogan as far as coming back from injury? or is that a lost cause/ special teamer at best?

Posted by: Spaceman Mike | Oct 17, 2012 3:26:16 PM

AHHH Brian St Pierre, those were the good old days.

Posted by: RJG | Oct 17, 2012 4:19:52 PM

This guy can stretch the field! Lafell, Olsen, Smitty, and now Gettis too is a major arsenal. Cowboy DBs best have their skates on Sunday

Posted by: PD | Oct 17, 2012 4:28:35 PM

Maybe this will be the shake up the offense needs? Nah! We'll still run the option 90% of the time. This offense won't pick back up until they get back to running the ball. Meaning lining Dwill/JStew up behind Tolbert and chewing up yards. Sometimes that even helps you get your QB back on track.

But I'm excited to see this kid coming back!!

Posted by: Mike P | Oct 17, 2012 4:53:18 PM

I totally agree with Mike P. Run the ball well, and let Cam deal with the 3rd and shorts.

Posted by: themaster | Oct 17, 2012 5:36:11 PM

You are all over it Mike P...that is the difference between this year and last. The option worked because we started as a run team that everyone feared so it opened things up for Cam. Believe it or not, Cam should be option 2, the RB's should be option 1!

Posted by: DNYCE | Oct 17, 2012 5:52:00 PM

Mike P
I 4th it(I agree)! No one is saying ditch the read option... but seriously Run!!!, Play action!, Read option etc. Why Limit yourself and If Cam is uncomfortable under center then he needs to get to work on feeling comfortable!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 17, 2012 7:06:45 PM

Spaceman: Hogan still has potential, but he may have been rushed back from his ACL rehab last year so they could try and get him into games, because they put him back on IR this year. Since he'll have blown his practice squad eligibility, next year will be make or break.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 17, 2012 7:44:53 PM

Ho hum - yet another long-shot 'hopeful' at WR. Still no true bonafide 'stud' to complement Steve Smith. And now Smith is starting the downhill slide on the back end of his career. But obviously Cam Newton is determined to keep Smith's numbers up because he has a permanent hard-on for Smith and nobody else but Smith. Not a pretty picture.

Posted by: WayneD | Oct 17, 2012 8:18:22 PM

remember that great run Williams had on 3rd down at the goal line when Cam was under center! If your o-line stinks does it matter what your backs do? spend all that money on backs but neglect the line!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 17, 2012 8:28:09 PM

How about trading Gettis, Lafell, and/or any of the other miscellaneous WR's (none of them is really more than ho-hum anyway) plus Marty Hurney, for Dwayne Bowe?

Posted by: WayneD | Oct 17, 2012 8:37:53 PM

I'm glad Gettis is practicing. It is a shame to see any talent go to waste. It's hard to believe that he will be a full speed his first week back in practice.

In the meantime, if the Panthers want to show some different looks, use Edwards and Pilares more often and in a fuller range of set-ups and patterns. The few times they get in, they get open, make catches, and deliver added value after the catch.

These are game-ready players whose skills and desire to play are being wasted every week.

Posted by: Caliban | Oct 17, 2012 10:56:29 PM

We have had one of the better o-Lines for years, this year they have started showing some need of help. Up until this year they have done well and still may get it worked out enough for us to have a decent year

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Oct 18, 2012 8:11:40 AM

The Panthers don't necessarily need a WR, they new almost an entire new O-line or at least one that blocks. There aren't many other QB's in the league that have to get going as much as Cam does because of pressure. If Cam wasn't mobile he'd be sacked a heck of a lot more.

Posted by: Striktly | Oct 18, 2012 10:09:09 AM

I would honestly rather gettis not play this year. We're 1-4 and we have plenty of wide receivers of equal caliber in lafell, murphey, pilares and edwards. we aren't even getting the most out of the last 3. wide receiver isn't the problem. defense has mostly been the issue. last game was on cam. the giants game was on joe adams.

I would hate for gettis to come back now, eat up another roster spot at receiver and or force us to cut one of our other receivers. and run the risk of re injury in a season that has little hope and definitely doesn't hinge on david gettis' performance.

Would much rather he be 100% going into next year as you never know who gets hurt between now and then or who gets retained and not.

Wide receiver position actually looks pretty solid right now.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 18, 2012 1:30:55 PM

If things don't turn around in a hurry it's time to stop wasting reps on Smith. Time to get more reps for the young guys. Lafell has somewhat proven himself and Pilares has shown glimpses of potential. Heck, Edwards gets in for one play, makes a nice catch and run for a 1st down and that's his last ball of the day? These young receivers need game reps, an aging Steve Smith doesn't. The young guys are the future of the franchise, we need to figure out which ones can play and let them start building a new identity.

Posted by: jld421 | Oct 18, 2012 3:30:30 PM

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