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LaFell could make Clausen look a lo better
Besides a lack of veteran quarterbacks, Carolina and Clausen also lacked veteran receivers. Steve Smith was the only veteran receiver and he certainly did not play like it. He was discouraged and was not the same Smith that Panther fans have grown to love.
The rest of the receiving corps consisted of third round picks Brand LaFell and Armanti Edwards, and sixth round pick David Gettis.
LaFell had the best season of the three. He made some spectacular catches and if he could just work on his hands and body placement he could be a solid No.2 receiver.
Gettis was the most explosive of the three. His 120 yard and 2 touchdown performance against the 49ers was the best performance by any Panthers receiver last season. He has good height and great speed. If he can work on not dropping touchdowns, he will be explosive in Rivera’s new vertical offense.
Edwards was the most disappointing of the three, mostly due to the Panthers organization, but he did not help his case. Edwards did not choose to be selected in the third round even though everyone from here to Thailand knew it was a reach. He did not choose to be inactive for most of the season. The question is did he put in enough effort?
Edwards can be a huge part of the offense. He is fast, has agility, can be a playmaker, but he needs to work on everything. He needs to learn to run routes and catch the ball. He needs to learn to catch punts.
If Edwards can learn to be a receiver and at the same time be utilized in some sort of Wildcat package he could be an X-factor for this offense, Clausen, and for this team.
Clausen may actually have a receiving corps this year and the addition of Kealoha Pilares this could be a young, explosive group of receivers that have big play written all over them. They could be the key to Clausen’s tenure in Carolina as he will have talent and more experience at the position to assist him.