Charlotte, NC – The Carolina Panthers lost WR Kevin Dyson for most likely the season but the team like their depth at the wide receiver position and they don’t plan on right now bring in a wide receiver to replace Dyson.
“I am sure we will probably look, just from a numbers standpoint, to get somebody for training camp. A player of that stature, they are not sitting around out there right now. It will be something where the longer we go now, there might be more availability. Somebody could become available. It is just a day-to-day thing,” said Head Coach John Fox.
There is some thought the Panthers will look to sign free agent wide receiver Antonio Freeman to a one year deal to replace Dyson.
But the Panthers did sign Ricky Proehl in the off-season as well and are happy him being their number three wide receiver.
“Our other receivers are just going to have to step it up, said Proehl. “We brought in some players in Stephen Davis and myself to take pressure off of Moose (Muhsin Muhammad), Steve (Smith) and some of the other guys. We as an offensive unit know that we have to pick it up and take our game to another level to help the defense out. If we do that, we're going to be a good football team."
The coaching staff knows what it has in Proehl and that is something that last season they where lacking a very good third receiver.
"What Ricky Proehl brings you is that third receiver in third-down situations where he is inside and has good quickness and good awareness to be able to run those possession routes. We were just trying to add some depth at that position and we feel good about the quality," said Fox.
The Panthers also like rookie Walter Young, and think that if they don’t sign another receiver that he can go into the season as their number four wide receiver.
Young is a big wide receiver who the Panthers have very high hopes for and they sees this as an opportunity for him to step up.
“This will give Walter a chance to get more reps and see what he can do, but right now we really like what we have,” said Fox.