The Carolina Panthers have been extremely quiet so far in free agency, but they did finally make a little noise when they agreed to a deal with Ted Ginn Jr. last week. Ginn has basically become a return specialist at this point in his career, after only catching two passes a season ago. However, that doesn’t mean the Panthers plan to use him exclusively in the return game. Head coach Ron Rivera made this comment on the signing of Ginn:
“The interesting thing about Ted is he gives us some depth at wide receiver who can challenge for playing-time opportunity. But also, he’s got special-teams value, which is big. He’s an explosive guy coming off the line of scrimmage, too.”
Ginn hasn’t always been a return specialist, as he did haul in 128 passes during his first three seasons. But once he became a member of the San Francisco 49ers, his receptions and opportunities declined rapidly, and he only caught 33 passes over the last three years.
So with the Panthers, comes a new chapter in Ginn’s career. I’m sure he’d like to find some balance between the first two stints in his career, this upcoming season.
I think he can have success in Carolina if the team tries to get him the ball in the passing game on a fairly regular basis. Ginn would clearly make a good deep threat for Cam Newton, and I’m sure they can be creative to get him on the field with a chance to make some plays.
The Panthers have more use for Ginn than the 49ers, and I think we’ll see a solid spike in his receiving production in 2013.
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