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Wide Receiver (6)
Steve Smith – The Panthers' all-time leading receiver and Cam Newton's favorite target will be back for his 13th season after earning a trip to the 2012 Pro Bowl.
Brandon LaFell – Lafell improved throughout the 2011 season and came on particularly strong in the final few games. LaFell is a productive receiver who will compete with David Gettis for the No. 2 receiver position behind Smith.
David Gettis – Gettis is a third-year player who missed all of last season with a torn ACL suffered in training camp. Gettis has blazing speed and will complete with LaFell for the No. 2 receiver position.
Darvin Adams – Darvin Adams was Cam Newton's top target at Auburn when they won the National Championship. Adams was briefly pulled up from the Panthers practice squad as a rookie in 2011, though he is still waiting to catch his first NFL pass.
Joe Adams (R) – The Panthers selected Joe Adams from Arkansas in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Adams is the Panthers' likely starting punt returner and he has the quickness and elusiveness to be an effective slot receiver if he can consistently catch the ball.
Kealoha Pilares – Last year's kick returner will definitely make team. Pilares stood out at receiver during the 2011 preseason and he has a chance to be the NFL's next Victor Cruz, but he will have to outshine rookie Joe Adams to get the opportunity.
Additional wide receivers on the Panthers' 89-man roster include Seyi Ajirotutu, Brenton Bersin, Armanti Edwards, Jared Green, Wes Kemp and Chris Manno.
Bersin (R) is a solid route runner who played high school ball at Charlotte Latin and has a shot at making the practice squad.
The Armanti Edwards punt-return experiment of 2011 was a failure and he does not look like a viable option at receiver. The Panthers could either try him at wildcat or backup QB or cut ties with the NC football legend and former Appalachian State star.
Green is the son of Hall of Fame cornerback and former NFL's fastest man title-holder, Darrell Green.