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June 13, 2013

Rivera: Armanti Edwards most improved WR during workouts

In three years, Armanti Edwards has caught five passes for 121 yards and zero touchdowns.

Naturally, there's room for growth.

As the Panthers wrapped up their final session of mandatory minicamp Thursday afternoon, coach Ron Rivera said the former Appalachian State quarterback and second-round draft pick has been most-improved among the wide receivers.

"Probably the guy who’s really improved the most during these OTAs and minicamp has been Armanti," Rivera said. "He made a couple really nice plays, I know you guys saw today he made a couple big catches. His development has been really key for us as well."

Edwards has made at least one "really nice play" during each of the three days at minicamp. On Thursday, he skied for a Cam Newton ball across the middle of the field and made the grab in traffic.

Asked if the Panthers' wide receiving corps has been flying under the radar, Rivera said he hopes that would happen, but that it's unlikely.

"It’d be good, but I don’t think it’s going to fly under the radar when you have Steve Smith," Rivera said. "Everybody’s going to respect his abilities, and the development of Brandon LaFell from last season, I think he’s going to be big for us as well. And then the addition of Ted (Ginn Jr.) and Domenik (Hixon), I think we can have a real good core. We’re excited about it."

Rivera reiterated Thursday that he'll learn more about the team come late July when the Panthers, in full pads, report to Spartanburg for training camp.

The Panthers are likely to keep six receivers on the final 53-man roster, and for the past two preseasons there have been breath-holding moments on whether Edwards would make the cut in late August.

If the aforementioned Smith, LaFell, Ginn and Hixon are the top four receivers, that leaves two, possibly three, open receiving spots for Edwards, Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams and David Gettis. All four of those players spent time on the active roster last season.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 13, 2013 at 03:36 PM | Permalink


Let Armanti Play, the guy has the skill set. He had to develop and if given the opportunity to play more he will shine more. Smith and LaFell got the two positions on lock, but look out for armanti.

Posted by: Jacory | Jun 13, 2013 3:52:40 PM

Farewell 3rd string QB! The roster spot will be needed for the extra WR on the roster!

Posted by: joe cool | Jun 13, 2013 3:59:17 PM

is Armanti a make-a-wish kid?

they are treating him with kid gloves. "most improved" "nice catch buddy" "he's growing"

I don't get it. The experiment should've ended a yr or two back.

Posted by: big gulps | Jun 13, 2013 4:18:23 PM

He might be the most improved but he is still 5 or 6 best. That roster spot will be used for DB or OL depth.

Posted by: Rick | Jun 13, 2013 4:27:43 PM

This is Rivera's nice way of saying he knows the haters are gonna hate but Armanti is going to make this team....again. So, just go ahead and accept it and move on. Nothing to see here. Those that know Armanti's skills know he is going to make the team. Until they invest a first round pick on a Tavon Austin type player, Armanti has the skills to be on this roster. Plain and simple. They are happy with what they got at WR and that is why they have chosen yet again to not invest a high draft pick on one, not even to eventually replace Smitty.

Posted by: YeahRight | Jun 13, 2013 4:45:04 PM

Isn't it "corps", not "core"

Posted by: ATown | Jun 13, 2013 5:04:51 PM

Technically, Armanti was a third round pick.

Posted by: John | Jun 13, 2013 6:51:22 PM

This guy is a clown, now that Hurney is gone Edwards should be following him out the door. "Most Impoved" still = 8th best WR. Rivera is doing damage control and helping the guy out with possibly getting his next job in the CFL.

When/if he gets cut, he won't make another roster outside of Canada, that's how bad this guy is. The only question is which bust of a Hurney pick goes, him or Adams.


Posted by: Steve | Jun 14, 2013 11:16:47 AM

Don't write Edwards off yet. Hixon came to OTA lame. And of the four receivers listed behind him, Edwards was by far the most versatile, productive and reliable. So it is not at all a stretch to see AE start the season at #4 on the depth chart. And personally, I think he has a good chance to be # 3 by mid-season.

Posted by: Caliban | Jun 14, 2013 12:00:45 PM

I have to respectfully disagree. He's never been productive, versatile or reliable for anything on an NFL field.

It's always fun to pull for the underdog, especially when he's a local guy, but it's time to let this one go. It's like Notre Dame fans that swear Clausen could be great if given another chance. In both cases here, it's just not gonna happen.

If Edwards truly is the 3rd or even 4th best WR on this team, that's not a good thing. And we're in a boat load of trouble this season.

Posted by: Steve | Jun 14, 2013 3:37:49 PM

The Armanti Edwards experiment, wasn't suppose to be a one or two year session. He is going up against players that have played this position most or all their lives. What Carolina likes about Edwards is his athleticism and his mind set. (Very much like Steve Smiths.)

Edwards for the most part was considered the 3rd string QB last year since Clausen never dressed. If I was Carolina I wouldn't even waste the roster spot on Clausen this year.

I think Edwards will make the roster this year, I also think he will be more of a target this year. (remember you can't put up numbers unless you get the ball, Edwards caught what came his way.)

Go! Carolina!

Posted by: David | Jun 16, 2013 8:04:12 AM

There is a reason Rivera is the head coach of an NFL team. All of you bloggers on here that think they know better go get hired by an NFL team. There is a reason nobody pays for your judgment and Rivera gets paid hundreds of thousands for his. Douches

Posted by: Idiots | Jun 23, 2013 8:05:15 PM

I watched Armanti play college ball four years in a row. He is a warrior. There is no quit in him. He competed with and defeated the likes of Joe Flacco and other NFL players playing the quarterback position. It's a shame he did not get to play the same position in the pro game. He would have been sensational!! I am of the opinion that all you Armanti basher's would not know what a skunk was if you stepped on it, let alone a quality football player!!! Keep and eye on your mail, I may send you one just to check your IQ.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 25, 2013 8:58:46 PM

Seriously, I am so tired of reading all the negative comments about Armanti. Do you need to bash someone, anyone , just to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? If you do, then please seek professional help. You are not impressing anyone with your sick dribble.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 25, 2013 9:08:32 PM

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