David Gettis was in the mix for the Panthers #3 receiver job at one point this offseason, but he’s been on the active/PUP all offseason and has yet to practice. He’s still working his way back from a torn ACL that cost him all of last season and, rather than activating him, the Panthers have shifted him to the reserve/PUP list, which means he’ll miss at least 6 weeks. The Panthers have a bye week 7, so the earliest he’ll be eligible to return week 8.
In 2010, he caught 37 passes for 508 yards and 3 touchdowns as a mere 6th round rookie. That was actually the 2nd highest total on the Panthers that year as they really struggled to move the ball through the air with Jimmy Clausen under center. In his absence, Louis Murphy, acquired from the Raiders this offseason for a late round pick, will be the #3 receiver, but he’s missed 7 games in the last 2 seasons, so he’s no sure thing either. 4th round pick rookie Joe Adams could work his way into the mix in the middle of the season. With Steve Smith aging, wide receiver will be a position of need for the Panthers this offseason, unless 2010 3rd round pick Brandon LaFell can step up in his 3rd year in the league.
Brandon Hogan, meanwhile, was not even put on the reserve/PUP even though he was eligible. The Panthers just put him outright on IR, which is not a promising sign for his career. He’s really struggled to return from a torn ACL he suffered at the University of West Virginia way back in December of 2010. The injury caused him to slip about 2 rounds in the draft, as the Panthers snatched him up in the 4th round and he played just 4 games as a rookie. He’ll miss the entirety of the 2012 season.
Hogan won’t be guaranteed a roster spot in 2013. Once considered a candidate for the starting cornerback job, that position figures to be a weakness once again this year. Both Darius Butler and Captain Munnerlyn struggled there last year and Josh Norman is just a 5th round pick rookie. This could be another position of need next offseason.
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