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March 12, 2014

The Panthers WR depth chart: The Other Guys

Here’s the inconvenient truth the Panthers are now facing with the imminent departure of Steve Smith: Carolina has no receiver on its roster that caught a pass last season.

Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell and Domenik Hixon all became unrestricted free agents Tuesday, therefore they are not on the Panthers roster.

Carolina has Tavarres King, Marvin McNutt, Kealoha PilaresToney Clemons, Brenton Bersin and R.J. Webb as their receivers.

Here’s a breakdown of who these players are.

McNutt: A 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver out of Iowa, McNutt signed with the Panthers in October from the Miami practice squad. He appeared in just one game—the season finale at Atlanta—and literally caught a pass from Cam Newton but was out of bounds. When Smith went down with an injury late in the season, offensive coordinator Mike Shula indicated McNutt was further along in his development than King.

King: A Georgia product who led the FBS in yards per reception with 22.6 in his 2012 senior year, King was drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2013 draft but never appeared in a game for Denver. The Panthers claimed him off waivers in October but he didn’t play for the Panthers in 2013. King is essentially an unknown at the NFL level.

Pilares: A third-year player who has been on the injured reserve twice in the past two seasons, Pilares caught two passes for 42 yards and one touchdown in 2012. He's a solid kick returner, as well. The Panthers like his speed and his hands, even if he's a bit undersized.

Bersin: A practice squad member of the Panthers last season, Bersin impressed in his first stint at training camp in 2012 after a productive career at Wofford. He returned to camp in 2013 and was signed to the practice squad, where he remained all season. He runs smoothly, although not ideally quick, has showed good rhythm with Cam Newton in practices.

Webb: Webb spent all of 2013 on the injured reserve after he tore his ACL in training camp. The Furman alumnus is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds and can be used in the kick return game as well.

Clemons: He’s one of two receivers on the roster who has caught a pass in the NFL. Clemons played in four games for the Jaguars in 2012 and hauled in three passes for 41 yards. He bounced around practice squads and Jacksonville before landing in Carolina, which waived him from the practice squad in November only to sign him back in January for the 2014 league year.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 12, 2014 at 02:34 PM | Permalink

Comments

Well this is unfortunate. I gotta say I am sad, disappointed, anxious, and excited.

Sad-to see SS leave and not finish his career in Charlotte

Disappointed-in the Panthers and the way they handled this. Surely there was a way to keep him at a reduced role (unless SS thought otherwise). Is this really the way they wanted to treat the best player in team history?

Anxious-We have no NFL caliber WR's on this team!! What is the plan?!

Excited-To see how Gettleman assembles a new WR core. I am sure it will be through a combination of free agents and the draft. He did a great job in 2013 so I will give him some time to see what develops.

I just don't understand the thinking here. We let our top 3 WR's walk after a 12-4 season. If the plan is to start 2 rookies it is going to be a LONG season.

PS-I thought we cut Pilares last year?

Posted by: Chris C | Mar 12, 2014 2:44:39 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 12, 2014 3:03:26 PM

If Gettleman pulls this off and all the while makes the playoffs it's a wrap. NFL executive of the year. However it's far more likely that the Panthers owned by Jerry Richardson retreat back to the cellar of the NFC South once again.

Posted by: Mfrazi | Mar 12, 2014 3:07:05 PM

Unless we are missing some facts about money, cap space, etc ... PLEASE DON"T RELEASE STEVE SMITH !!! He is better than Hakeem Nix. He'd be a great number two. Again, Dear DG unless we are just missing something about Steve's attitude or money .. why release a fan favorite and part of the heart & soul of team (especially if you plan on overpaying another WR?) You have to pay Steve $3 million and a $5 million hit, plus any quality receiver is at least $2 million = same $7 million you'd be paying without any re-structure (CAN ANYONE HELP ME MAKE SENSE OF THAT???)

Posted by: Isaiah | Mar 12, 2014 3:14:18 PM

I feel sick, no more panthers for me. Boycott this move, it's classless. Stay tuned, i'm a software developer and plan putting up a site for panthers fan to petition this move, not like it would make much of a difference but, it will let gettleman know how of the fans disagreed with this asinine pointless move when it's a fact that he was wrong by season's end.

Posted by: Bashar | Mar 12, 2014 3:23:57 PM

Can somebody please hand me the Panic button.

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 12, 2014 3:34:05 PM

Bring back Armani!! At least he'd know the plays.

Posted by: armani | Mar 12, 2014 4:18:15 PM

Sign Nicks, Sidney Rice and Hester (or resign Ginn) in the slot.

Posted by: Brandon | Mar 12, 2014 4:22:15 PM

?

Nicks disappeared...
Rice kills his career playing roundball in Gaffney with his High School buddies...
Hester he has no problems running under kicks and catching those but has no idea how to run routes...

I would rather keep Ginn...

Posted by: Peach | Mar 12, 2014 4:28:36 PM

somebody call ricky proehl

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 12, 2014 4:33:02 PM

I wonder what Rick Proehl thinks of this?

Posted by: Big Rob | Mar 12, 2014 4:49:53 PM

more important what does big cat ( Mr. Richardson) thinks about this.

Posted by: raymond stewart | Mar 12, 2014 5:35:40 PM

well see how the fresh blood. work on the field. new young (WR) look good so fair. Let give them a chance! it might work. for this year 2014

Posted by: rob | Mar 13, 2014 1:27:13 AM

WEBB IS GOOD PLAYER HE CAN PLAY (QB)AND (WR) RUN VERY FAST. PILARES CAN RETURN KICKS VERY FAST TO GOOD (WR) I WACTH HIM PLAY FOOTBALL COLLAGE LOOK ON YOUTUBE AND YOU WILL SEE HIM AND TAVARRES KING CAN CATCH AND RUN FAST TO. I WACTH HIM PLAY COLLAGE FOOTBALL VERY VERY good player to. MY BROTHER SAID PANTHERS HAVE MARVIN MC NUTT O ON THAT A RAP. MY FRIENDS SAID TONEY CLEMONS A GOOD PLAYER. BUT NO ONE NO WHO IS BRENTON BERRSIN IS HE SOUND GOOD FOR THIS HEIGHT 6'4

Posted by: rob | Mar 13, 2014 1:57:42 AM

IF THEY GET HICK. THAT ALL THEY NEED WITH YEARS UNDER THIS BLET WITH THE NEW YOUNG BUCK HE CAN TALK TO THEM AND SHOW THEM THE WAY.WITH ONE MORE DRAFT (WR)2014. THEY SHOULD HAVE KEEP (TE)SHOCK HE WAS GOOD.

Posted by: rob | Mar 13, 2014 2:19:07 AM

Rob, please don't drink and post.

Thanks

Posted by: sherlock homie | Mar 13, 2014 12:05:58 PM

Well I think Rae Carruth gets out in a year or two....maybe he can be the number one reciever.... :).... cutting Smitty with out replacing him shows ignorance and leads to demise. This aint new england and Belicheck aint running our show. this ragedy receiver corps we have works if you have a system... i.e. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. Huge mistake... The secret to longevity and winning seasons.. reload your roster not rebuild it every 3 years.

Posted by: travis | Mar 13, 2014 10:30:29 PM

Cutting Smith was stupid. Instead of finding someone who could be a quality starting wide receiver, we have had only Steve Smith the last several years. So teams double teamed him and his numbers fell as he got older. Also the rush was emphasized more. With another quality wide receiver Smith's numbers would go up.
Biggest mistake was signing Hardy to a tender. 10 of his 15 sacks came in 3 games. With that money we could have resigned more of our free agents, got a quality wide receiver, and kept Smith.

Posted by: Scott Mitchell | Mar 13, 2014 11:27:32 PM

JAMES JONEE and COTCHERY BOTH ARE GOOD (WR) they look good have good hands and love TO SIGN BOTH IF THEM IF YOU COULD! THEY BOTH ARE FAST ETHER CAN TAKE PLACE OF STEVE SMITH.

Posted by: ROB | Mar 18, 2014 6:53:25 PM

This kid Brandin COOK IS GOOD TO LOOK AT HIM FOR THE DRAFT TO IF WE NOT GET THE ONE WE WHAT.HE IS GOOD FOR THE PANTHERS HE CAN PLAY (WR)PUNT RETRUN.

Posted by: ROB | Mar 21, 2014 12:24:23 AM

COTOCHERY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU PLAYING FOR PANTHERS. NOW HOPE RIVERA PUT YOU TO WORK WITH
WEBB AND PILARES GET ONE MORE (WR)FROM DARFT.
AND TONEY CLEMOMS LOVE SEE RIVERA GIVE HIM SOME PLAYING TIME. THIS YEAR NOT NEXT YEAR USE THESE BOYS.

Posted by: MIKE | Mar 21, 2014 1:01:04 AM

Brandon Coleman is a good player (WR)

Posted by: SAM | Apr 5, 2014 2:14:00 AM

i like these guys for panthers Martavis Bryant
or Jeff Janis or Josh Huff receiver.

Posted by: williams | Apr 5, 2014 3:51:24 AM

I WOULD THE PICK MARTARIS BRYANT IS 6'4 AND
VERY VERY FAST AND HAVE GOOD HANDS HE IS LIKE
KEVIN BENJAMIN OR JARED ABBREDERIS.

Posted by: tammy | Apr 5, 2014 3:57:33 AM

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