While fans drool over the potential of a Cordarelle Patterson, or any
number of other guys who just ran a fast 40, looks like Ron Rivera's
more on the line of thought I provided earlier this month.
Rivera, speaking at the combine to the NFL Network, suggested a veteran
would come aboard at WR.
The team has numerous young WR prospects already, though many of them
are later-round draft picks who don't have much playing time. What they
lack is another experienced option, and have whiffed at various guys
over the last two years, from Malcolm Floyd to Santana Moss to Jacoby
Jones. What they've been able to land, Legedu Naanee and Louis Murphy,
People get enamored over guys who show incredible measurables, and
excelled in college, but young WR are generally just not quick
producers. Does it, in theory, sound like a great idea to add a guy who
will be around for years, as a target for Cam Newton? Of course.
But Newton requires someone who, like Steve Smith, has experience, and
reliability while we're at it. That's not a knock on Brandon LaFell -
it's a need for at least that much experience, if not more. LaFell has
seen as many snaps in the slot as outside, so another experienced player
with some ability gives them room to work the outside more effectively.