Panthers WR Brandon LaFell, the third-round draft pick is the heir apparent to Muhsin Muhammad to start alongside Steve L Smith. Dwayne Jarrett might still be listed first team on the depth chart, but LaFell is clearly the man to watch.
He has outstanding natural ability and was a standout downfield blocker in college, which is a requirement for whoever plays the position in Carolina's run-first offense.
Having nearly a month to work on his trade gives LaFell the opportunity to make a claim for the position.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s kept close tabs on the Panthers personnel moves this off-season, but a source close to WR Muhsin Muhammad told Carolina Growl that he “won’t be playing for Carolina.”
Muhammad turns 37 this year and the team wants to get younger at that position. Earlier this off-season the Panthers purged their roster of a handful of guys who were older than 30.
Some felt the team might try to bring him back Muhammad back as a No. 3 receiver, but that definitely isn’t going to happen.
Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad (ankle questionable) practiced fully Friday. With Steve l Smith out, the Panthers are dangerously thin at WR. They also frequently tag players as questionable who are likely to play. We expect Muhsin to start against a Saints team that has nothing to play for, but as always owners should check the inactives before the 1PM start just to be safe.