Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6:45pm
The Armanti Edwards Experiment is over in Charlotte – and apparently, so is the Panthers’ recent penchant for remaining loyal to players despite their productivity levels.
Tuesday’s release of Edwards, the Appalachian State quarterback turned NFL wide receiver, came five days after the Panthers traded veteran linebacker Jon Beason to the Giants for a conditional, late-round draft pick next year.
While Hixon and Armanti Edwards sat out Thursday’s game at Philadelphia with hamstring injuries, David Gettis turned in another strong performance with five catches for 82 yards in the Panthers’ 14-9 loss.
Coming off two injury-plagued seasons after a promising rookie year, Gettis is a factor again.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:26pm
Panthers WR Armanti Edwards had four years and three position coaches, but the former Appalachian State quarterback is finally looking like an NFL receiver. He could be the No. 3 wideout if he returns quickly from a hamstring injury.
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But there’s a logjam of receivers after that.
David Gettis, Louis Murphy and Seyi Ajirotutu seem to be competing for the No. 3 spot. But they might not all make the team. The Panthers also are high on younger receivers Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams and Armanti Edwards, each of whom can contribute in the return game.
Edwards, whom the Panthers drafted as a project in 2010, has shown some promise in camp but probably isn’t going to make the roster ahead of Adams and Pilares.
Lafells could be inline for a breakout season, he's just going to need to see targets. We rank him 41st among our WRs and according to his ADP, he's not even getting drafted in standard leagues. He's someone to keep an eye on if you wait on WRs and end up needing some help, but until we see something, he's really just a flier right now.
Saturday, August 20, 2011, 12:52pm
Business was bad for Newton and the rest of the Panthers' offense Friday.
Maybe not a 400-point-drop-on-Wall Street bad, but bad enough to give pause to anyone who thought Newton was a shoo-in to win the starting quarterback job.
In his first exhibition start, Newton threw behind and below receivers, often failed to set his feet and looked confused at times in the Panthers' 20-10 loss to Miami.
The No. 1 overall pick completed 7 of 14 passes for 66 yards. He only had one completion to a wide receiver - a 2-yard gain to Armanti Edwards on third-and-9 late in the second quarter.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera would prefer to name a Week 1 starting quarterback before next week's game at Cincinnati, and did not indicate a leader in the competition between Newton and Jimmy Clausen.
Thursday, December 23, 2010, 7:09pm
RB Tony Fiammetta (ankle)
CB Chris Gamble (ankle)
DE Tyler Brayton (hip)
WR Arnaz Battle (chest), S Troy Polamalu (ankle), DE Aaron Smith (triceps)
DT Steve McLendon (shoulder)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 11:25pm
Of course, the Panthers have had no results with either quarterback on the field, as they rank last in the NFL in total offense (236.0 yards per game), passing offense (136.4) and scoring (10.4 points per game).
Matt Moore will also probably be without wide receiver Steve Smith, who suffered a high ankle sprain at New Orleans two weeks ago. That leaves the new-old quarterback with a cast of rookies - David Gettis, Brandon LaFell and Armanti Edwards, along with Devin Thomas and David Clowney - who weren't even on the roster when he had the starting job.
Friday, October 8, 2010, 9:32am
The Carolina Panthers know they're going into this week's game without their big dog, but wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said Thursday he's not intimidated by playing his "puppies" either.
With star wideout Steve Smith expected to miss several weeks with a high ankle sprain, the Panthers are down to Tuesday pickup David Clowney and three rookies: David Gettis, Brandon LaFell and Armanti Edwards.
There hasn't been a rookie quarterback to start with two rookie wideouts since 1999, but Tolbert said he's encouraged enough by the progress of his young corps to think they're capable of good things.
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 8:52pm
With only four healthy receivers on the roster look for rookie wide receiver Armanti Edwards to be active for the first time this season. Edwards said it’s been “disappointing” being inactive the first four games of the season, but added, “I’ve just tried to take the pointers and come out here and get better everyday.”
For now, Edwards just wants to help out at receiver.
“Who knows?” Edwards said. “Hopefully we dress out four receivers this week and I’ll get a chance to be in that rotation.”
Edwards said he feels more confident in his route running and playing receiver, saying he’s been studying extra hard so he knows the plays and doesn’t have to spend extra time thinking.
WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters – Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell. Backups – Dwayne Jarrett, Armanti Edwards, Wallace Wright, Charly Martin, Kenneth Moore, David Gettis. Others – Trent Guy, Dexter Jackson, Oliver Young.
Keep Jarrett’s name in pencil because although he’s working with the starters right now, he could easily be released before the start of the season if he doesn’t start producing. Now entering his fourth season, Jarrett has only appeared in 29 games and caught just 33 passes with one touchdown.
The Panthers need someone to step up and take pressure off Smith, which is why they drafted LaFell and Edwards in the third round. LaFell is Jarrett’s primary competition for the No. 2 spot opposite Smith. He has the ability to make plays downfield and is a decent blocker. It also helps that new receivers coach Tyke Tolbert is a former LSU graduate and pushed for the team to draft LaFell.
Edwards is a project. He played quarterback for Appalachian State, but the Panthers plan to make him a receiver and returner, although he could see some action in the Wildcat as well. Edwards is fast and has surprisingly good hands, but you have to wonder if his smallish frame will hold up.
Smith will miss most of training camp with a broken arm he sustained playing flag football but he should be ready for the season. Wright will make the roster because of his special teams ability but hopes to play some receiver. Martin, Moore and Gettis, a late-round draft pick, will battle for the fifth receiver spot. Gettis has great straightaway speed (think Drew Carter here). LEAGUE RANKING: 27th out of 32 teams.
LaFell may eventually have some value as the WR2 in Carolina, although young receivers don't tend to produce fantasy-wise right away. He could be someone to watch out for as the season moves along, though. Currently he just barely cracks 4for4's top-100 WRs [number-99] but doesn't have an ADP.
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