The Panthers traded for some wide receiver depth Monday, and for the short term at least, they might need it.
Gettis tore his left ACL last year in training camp, and if he was well, figured into the plans this year considerably. The former sixth-round pick from Baylor is a straight-line speed guy, and for an offense that wants to throw downfield, those are always in demand.
Of course, that’s Louis Murphy’s job description as well, so his acquisition gives the Panthers a bit of cover in case Gettis’ recovery is slower than anticipated. The Panthers gave a conditional seventh-round pick to the Raiders for the three-year veteran Monday.
Gettis caught 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns in 2010, when he had an odd lot of quarterbacks throwing to him, so there was some hope for what he might do with a real one.
But we’re apparently going to have to wait to see if he can, and Murphy may delay that process further, as the Panthers think his experience adds something to a group full of mostly younger players.