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August 20, 2013

Armanti Edwards getting frustrated on sidelines

Panthers wide receiver Armanti Edwards was having a great preseason. Then he got hurt.

Now he's in the same position as Domenik Hixon and Joe Adams – two other receivers battling for playing time and roster spots who are losing valuable time due to injuries.

I'm trying to keep the big picture (in mind), but at the same time we've got a lot of athletes at receiver that are in the same boat I'm in – trying to make this team and get a roster spot,” Edwards said after Tuesday's practice. “So it gets frustrating trying to think about it.”

Edwards pulled his hamstring in the first exhibition against Chicago two weeks ago and hasn't done much since. He tried to practice Monday, but had to shut it down.

I tried to give it a go (Monday), and it just wasn't there yet,” said Edwards, adding he didn't want to aggravate the injury.

Edwards will miss Thursday's game at Baltimore, as will Hixon and Adams. Edwards said he hopes to play in the preseason finale next week against Pittsburgh.

I talked to Hixon about it. He's been out longer than me with his,” Edwards said. “He's been frustrated, too.”

In the meantime, David Gettis and Ted Ginn Jr. have both played well in the competition for the No. 3 wideout spot.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 20, 2013 at 04:31 PM | Permalink


Great Preseason = Tallest Midget

If he is #3 receiver this team wins no more than 5 games.

Posted by: Dennis B | Aug 20, 2013 5:11:40 PM

He's listed as two inches taller than Steve Smith. just sayn dennie B

Posted by: Isaiah | Aug 20, 2013 6:00:51 PM

I don't think he was actually making a reference to Armanti's height...

Posted by: Jason Alston | Aug 20, 2013 6:19:23 PM

How come so many hammies on this team? There could be a solution--

Posted by: Dr. mosher | Aug 20, 2013 6:20:26 PM

Gettis secured the #3 already. It's over for that spot. The question is whether the team will keep 4 wideouts. If so, AE has an outside chance.

Posted by: KYL | Aug 20, 2013 7:11:47 PM

The Panthers will keep six WRs, so look for Edwards and Hixon to join Smith, LaFell, Gettis and Ginn at the end of pre-season. Along with the strong TEs, Cam should have no shortage of solid receivers this year.

Posted by: Caliban | Aug 20, 2013 7:36:51 PM

KYL....How has Gettis secured the #3? He hasn't even played with the starting team yet. All his catches have come from backup quarterbacks against backup defenses.

And the panthers will keep at least 6 Wide Receivers, the only question is if they keep 7(do you even watch football?)

Posted by: G | Aug 20, 2013 8:12:38 PM

With the WR mix being so competitive there can never be a good or safe time for an injury to to take anybody off the shelf. The competition should bring out the best in those that The Panthers have left.

Posted by: Minister William Aaron Berry IIII | Aug 20, 2013 8:16:16 PM

Yeah sorry KYL...not sure who you've been talking to. What team keeps 3 WRs? Come on maaaaaaan.

Posted by: brian | Aug 20, 2013 9:22:05 PM

i hope to see a series with smith, olsen, gettis and ginn on the field at the same time..wow

Posted by: pantherlife | Aug 20, 2013 10:17:34 PM

All these young guys constantly pulling hammies and getting hurt....yet Steve Smith just keeps going.

I read Smith works out on his own or with a special trainer, maybe the panthers need to hire that guy and fire whoever trains and conditions the rest of the team.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 21, 2013 9:32:30 AM

lotta love for ginn and i'm not sure where it comes from.......he looked HORRIBLE in the first pre season game and mediocre in the 2nd.

whether gettis was making plays against the 2nd and 3rd team defense DOES matter for comps sake, but it still showed he can get open and catch the ball. when you are the 3rd or 4th receiver on the field, you're going against nickel and dime backs anyway.

the 3 spot has to be between edwards and gettis if practices have been anything like they have been written up and anything like the games.

pilares and hixon look to be the most done, but I gotta say, I'd much rather keep edwards, gettis, and pilares and cut hixon and ginn based on what we've seen thus far. Ginn is a veteran which we sort of need, but all those guys are equal to or better than ginn as a receiver and younger. If they keep ginn as the return guy, great....but then you don't need adams.

pilares is built for slot receiver that you can move around and bring out of the backfield and for screens and all that. ginn is just a deep threat. gettis and edwards can both do that all the same.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 21, 2013 9:48:39 AM

Ginn has sucked as a receiver so far and hixon hasn't played I would rather they keep hixon then ginn but Adams then either

Posted by: Jody | Aug 21, 2013 10:23:20 AM

charlottean, you're dead on with your entire post. Somebody's seen something in Ginn that I haven't.

Posted by: notsosure | Aug 21, 2013 11:20:01 AM

No one is cutting Ginn he is our return guy and way better than anything or anyone we have had doing it the last 3+ years, that alone is worth keeping him for. Plus he has had more NFL catches than Gettis and AE combines, why would we cut him and keep both of them instead? I think we keep all 3 of them (Ginn, AE and Gettis) and cut Adams, the guy has been a bust so far in the league, fumbles half the time and doesnt run good routes. Hixon may be gone as well if we see someone we like on the waiver wire, we dont need another injured guy sucking up a roster spot when we have holes to fill. Jury is out on Pilares but he has been unimpressive so far in the preseason.

Posted by: manu4t | Aug 21, 2013 11:23:28 AM

^^^ Pilares has been unimpressive this preseason, but he's made plays in the last 2 seasons. he looks like the odd man out but that's unfortunate. his experience playing running back and special teams makes him one of those versatile offensive weapons you like to have, even if it is at the bottom of the roster.

ginn has more catches in the NFL by default. he was a 1st round pick and came in the league in 2007. If he didn't have more catches than gettis' 1 year and edwards transitioning from QB and hardly playing for 3 years.......THAT would be alarming.

I agree that he should make the team as the return guy as he IS better and more experienced and that might be the one piece we need to get over the top. joe adams being labeled a bust is a bit early....guy looks every bit as talented as ginn as a runner, the difference is experience and adams problems with ball security.

tough to give up on the kid early, but if it's between he and ginn for a spot and the return job, obviously you go ginn even with the difference in salary. not even debatable at this point.

that said.....if you think the top 5 are smith, lafell, edwards, gettis, ginn in that order (or flip flop gettis and edwards)....who deserves a 6th spot? adams, hixon or pilares. I would probably vote pilares personally.

Can't see hixon being healthy enough OR good enough to impact. and there's zero development potential there where there still is a bit with the other guys.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 21, 2013 12:19:23 PM

Armanti may not make the roster. Over the years, I've noticed a trend that a new coach will pick a player he has brought in and cut a player from the previous regime if it's close between the two. Jerry may step in if the App State crowd makes enough noise.

Posted by: Ben | Aug 21, 2013 12:19:37 PM

^^^^ not even remotely relevant. you think the app state crowd has ANY pull what so ever? that's a joke.

if he doesn't make the team, it's because they feel 100% confident in gettis, ginn, hixon all being better at receiver and either adams or pilares being better at special teams.

his spot looks the safest out of ANY of the bunch because he's looked the best at receiver AND has made plays on special teams in the past. and he's still on his rookie deal.

you hear more about where he went to school like it was harvard or something. nobody else on the roster's college is such a focal point. not the coastal carolina guys, not the USC guys, not the other USC guys, not the kid from wofford or UNC, or furman, or wherever.

nobody cares he went to app. or what he did there. it's about whether or not he can make plays.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 21, 2013 12:57:17 PM

That's funny AE, because I have been frustrated for three years that we used the 33rd pick on your worthless a$$.

Posted by: Steven | Aug 21, 2013 1:12:39 PM

^^^ i think everyone has. so isn't it better if he becomes a solid long term contributor to the franchise rather than being cut?

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 21, 2013 1:49:58 PM

The Receivers coach has been impressed with AE the reality in the NFL it takes 2 or 3 years to develop a receiver. The exceptions are the ones that make an impact the first year. He has going from being a QB to being a decent receiver in 3 years. I think people forget that. The reality is we could have gotten him a round later or maybe ever 2 rounds later. He is a winner though. He puts in the work and is keeps quiet and keeps improving. I will give the guess that in 3 years he will be putting up Steve Smith like numbers. You have to remember that the first year he was here he had a QB throwing to him that was not even as good of a QB as he was. He has caught the ball every time he has been thrown to this season.

Posted by: Chris | Aug 21, 2013 2:32:37 PM

"If the app state crowd makes enough noise" hahah c'mon man, AE makes this team simply because Rivera has publicly fledged his support behind him ever since he came to Charlotte, admittedly who knows what will happen given the Gettleman factor. I see this team carrying 7 WR but not for the reasons you think, Steve, Lafell, Gettis, Hixon, Ginn, AE, and pilares. While pilares has looked terrible catching the football he has done an extraordinary job as a gunner on special teams, dont forget each facet of this football team has improved since the start of the Rivera regime with the exception of special teams, hence the signing of ginn plus three different SPCteam coaches during that time.

Posted by: Zpw0729 | Aug 22, 2013 7:17:11 AM

Well this ASU alumni for one, DOES care that AE went to App State. I also care that he is a proven talent and has beaten players from bigger schools that are now bigger names in the NFL.

Posted by: Whistler225 | Aug 24, 2013 5:58:19 PM

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