On Monday, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera announced that Ted Ginn and Philly Brown would be the starting wide receivers for the team in week one's game at Jacksonville. The back ups are Devin Funchess, Jerricho Cotchery, and newly acquired Kevin Norwood. The big question now is can this team really be a playoff team with this wide receiving corp? I said just playoffs, not win a Super Bowl.
My answer is YES! Teams have done more with far less. You can just look at Seattle from last year.
By the time the Super Bowl rolled around, Russell Wilson was dishing it out to the likes of Paul Richardson, Doug Baldwin, Chris Matthews, Ricardo Lockette and Kevin Norwood (yep, the same guy now with the Panthers).
What Seattle had was a great running attack, outstanding defense, and a solid, steady quarterback. Does that formula sound familiar?
The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, HANDS DOWN! The running game was strong late last season, but has struggled in the preseason at times. I got a feeling they will be better come Sunday. And Cam Newton is continuing to make strides and could be primed to have that break out year in 2015. I'm talking playing at an MVP type of level which he certainly has the potential to do.
Let's not forget, the Panthers have a Pro Bowl tight end in Greg Olsen. Seattle didn't have that last year and still made it to the big game. Defenses will scheme to take Olsen away from Newton which means this receiving corp will get the chance to make plays.
Which brings me to my key point of this blog. We have to give these guys the chance to prove us right or wrong. WE ALL HAD TO BE GIVEN A CHANCE IN LIFE. Time for this group to step up and put their stamp on the league.
Without that consistent big play target, it won't be easy, but it can be done. A lot has to go right. The ball has to roll their way. Just about all the questionable call have to go your way. They have to take care of the football and not turn it over. Yada, yada, yada... All the football cliches, but it is SO true in the case of the 2015 Panthers.
As Sunday fast approaches, here's to the hope that someone steps up and becomes the next Muhsin Muhammad or the next Steve Smith or the next Kelvin Benjamin. Remember them when they came into the league? They got a chance and look what happened. You never know, the next great one might just be on this team.
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