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.
Monday, November 26, 2012, 7:16pm
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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.
Monday, July 23, 2012, 7:50pm
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 10:37am
Gettis, entering his third season, missed all of last season with a torn ACL after starting 15 games as a rookie in 2010. He’s back on the practice field now and said he’s “close” to 100 percent, which is good news for Cam Newton and company.
“Brandon is going to do the things he did last year, so we need to find that guy who can come in and be that other threat,” Rivera said. “Once we establish who that other guy is it’s going to help our offense. I think David is well on his way right now as long as he continues to work on it and regain that confidence” in his knee.
Thursday, May 31, 2012, 3:21pm
Panthers HC Ron Rivera on WR David Gettis: "Once we establish who that other guy is it’s going to help our offense. I think David is well on his way right now as long as he continues to work on it and regain that confidence” in his knee.
Rivera believes Gettis can stretch the field and take pressure off Steve L Smith, who enjoyed a renaissance of sorts last season reaching his fifth Pro Bowl while playing alongside Newton and under innovative offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Brandon LaFell is expected to be the Panthers WR2.
Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:28pm
When Panthers beat writer Darin Gantt was asked who had the inside track for the team's WR2 job, he responded, "LaFell. I didn't realize it was that much of a question."
During the first eight games of 2011, Brandon LaFell saw 3.0 targets per game and produced an average of 2.1 receptions for 35 yards and 0.25 TDs. Over the final eight games, he averaged 4.0 targets for 2.4-42-0.13, so there wasn't a big jump in production despite a 33% increase in targets. However his Fantasy Points / Target was 1.42, which ranked #16 out of 119 WRs with at least 30 targets in 2012. He is definitely a candidate for a breakout season if he gets true WR2 targets. David Gettis is a threat, but LaFell has more experience in the offense and the confidence of the coaching staff.
Thursday, August 11, 2011, 10:34pm
WR David Gettis has a torn ACL. He's likely out for the season.
Saturday, August 6, 2011, 8:40am
Brandon LaFell and David Gettis combined for 75 catches last year as rookies. But first-year head coach Ron Rivera said Naanee was brought in to increase the level of competition at the No. 2 spot opposite Pro Bowler Steve Smith.
Naanee played his first four seasons in San Diego, where Rivera and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski were on staff.
The number two receiver in Carolina will have little value in 2011.
When asked why he wanted to play for the Panthers, Newton replied, “I wanted to have someone great to throw to." That obviously was directed straight for Smith because the Panthers have some promising young receivers, but Smith is the only guy they have who approaches the “great’’ category right now.
There have been all sorts of mixed messages about Smith’s future this offseason. There were reports he cleaned out his locker and had asked to be traded. Smith has denied that he’s asked to be traded.
He smiled when Newton made his comment, but wouldn’t discuss his future. Read into this what you want. But my take is it still remains a possibility that Smith will be traded. However, I’d say some recent events have me thinking the odds are leaning toward him staying. And Newton’s remark certainly doesn’t hurt those chances.
The most logical outcome this offseason is that Steve Smith stays with the Panthers. We don't see the Panthers moving Smith just to move him, and doubt the return in a trade would be enough to force the Panthers hand. Cam Newton could certainly use a #1 option ahead of Brandon LaFell and David Gettis on the depth chart.
Friday, November 26, 2010, 7:41pm
Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (concussion probable) took full practice reps again Friday and looks poised to return to game action Sunday. LaFell will take targets from David Gettis. Neither should be considered a fantasy option.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 9:03pm
Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (concussion) returned to full practice Wednesday. Once LaFell returns to the lineup he will challenge David Gettis for the starting gig. Neither should be considered a fantasy option.
Friday, November 19, 2010, 6:21pm
Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (concussion out) continues to miss practice and has been ruled out for week 11. David Gettis will be the starter with LaFell out, but there isn't any fantasy upside with Brian St. Pierre under center.
Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:04pm
Panthers WR Brandon LaFell (concussion) continues to miss practice. David Gettis looks like he will be the starter with LaFell out, but there isn't any fantasy upside with Brian St. Pierre under center.
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