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Ron Rivera’s excited about Ted Ginn possibly joining the Panthers

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Wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn visited the Panthers this week and the meeting must have gone well.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera had plenty of good things to say about Ginn, who has also visited with the Bengals. Ginn hasn’t signed with the Panthers, but Rivera gave the distinct impression that the announcement of a deal won’t be too far away.

“The interesting thing about Ted is he gives us some depth at wide receiver who can challenge for playing time opportunity. But also he’s got special teams value, which is big,” Rivera said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “He’s an explosive guy coming off the line of scrimmage, too. So there’s some huge pluses for us as far as hoping to be able to bring a guy like that into the fold.”

Ginn has long talked about wanting a chance to play more on offense than he did in San Francisco and it sounds like the Panthers are willing to give him a chance to do that. They also shuffled through a bunch of returners without much success over the course of last season, making it easy to understand their interest in Ginn.

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25 Responses to “Ron Rivera’s excited about Ted Ginn possibly joining the Panthers”
  1. h3min1230 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:03 PM

    We must put a safety to Ginn’s side of the field…

    -said no defensive coordinator ever.

  2. blamatina says: Mar 20, 2013 2:09 PM

    Hey, we need that thumb to go this direction. Ted Ginn is going to be someone you’re going to enjoy watching play for a long, long time as a Miami Dolphin.
    -Cam Cameron

  3. stevemo says: Mar 20, 2013 2:14 PM

    As long as he comes with his family.

  4. cletusvandam says: Mar 20, 2013 2:14 PM

    Average kick returner, horrendous wide receiver.

  5. rondayne33 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:14 PM

    Alligator arms!

  6. blakeden says: Mar 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    Get ready to teach him how to catch…..He wants know part of the middle of the field and footsteps are always on his mind..

  7. ajb3313 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:20 PM

    I just looked it up out of curiosity and he had two catches for one yard last season.

    So, uh…

  8. shortnbald says: Mar 20, 2013 2:20 PM

    Call me crazy, but considering our WR corps (Armanti Edwards, really?), this might not be a bad pick up on the cheap. If the man could catch a ball (how does someone groomed to play WR for YEARS now, not do his own job well?), then he could be a surprise #3 behind Lafell. You never know, bring him in cheap on a 1 or 2 year contract, and at very least, you’ve got an upgraded return specialist.

  9. shortnbald says: Mar 20, 2013 2:22 PM

    Yet therein lies our own problem too, we need to quit finding the #2 behind Steve Smith and find a true #1. We keep finding 3rd and 4th receivers to try to be our #2 guy, and they never amount to much.

  10. agelardi says: Mar 20, 2013 2:27 PM

    Nothing against the 49ers but so happy this guy didn’t get a Super Bowl ring.

    As a Fins fan, he annoyed me to no end.

  11. finsfrenzy says: Mar 20, 2013 2:27 PM

    He’s awful, can return kicks that’s it….

  12. r302112 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:32 PM

    Maybe he makes two touchdowns in one game.
    Maybe.
    His best running lane is “out of bounds”.

  13. catman72 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:43 PM

    We need a return man and we can find ways to make Ginn a weapon on offense.

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 20, 2013 2:50 PM

    Then Ron really needs to get out more.

  15. irishgary says: Mar 20, 2013 2:53 PM

    and yet another Ohio St. bust

  16. hehateme2 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:58 PM

    I’ve never seen a player played scared more than little Teddy Ginn, Jr. Well… mark sanchez does come to mind too.

  17. ccjcsr says: Mar 20, 2013 3:00 PM

    Talk about Sad, being excited for an under achieving return specialist…lol!

  18. iambhooper says: Mar 20, 2013 3:03 PM

    “Family” hasn’t brought hope to anyone’s eye’s since he entered the NFL!

  19. citynative says: Mar 20, 2013 3:12 PM

    It is definitely a red flag when a team (The Niners) who needs wide receivers and returners, let’s a wide receiver & returner go, with no attempt to sign him.

  20. securb2013 says: Mar 20, 2013 3:18 PM

    I can’t believe Cam Cameron wasted a first round pick on a special teams player. Thank god better days are ahead for the Fins.

  21. npwright33 says: Mar 20, 2013 3:18 PM

    So Cam Cameron said some stupid stuff after drafting Ginn. That’s not Ginns fault. And although the Phins totally reached for him, let’s not forget that people were only so upset about that because they wanted the team to draft Brady Quinn in the spot they took Ginn. That wasn’t such a big loss in the end now was it? Ginn has elite speed and is a HR threat. He improves the Panthers WR group.

  22. truninerfan49 says: Mar 20, 2013 3:19 PM

    Ginn will give you a big play here and there on special teams. But, he is worthless as a WR. He couldn’t beat out a washed up Randy Moss for playing time last year.

  23. faithful209er says: Mar 20, 2013 3:54 PM

    Good luck with that, Coach Rivera.

    Sincerely,
    The Niners Faithful

  24. teek77 says: Mar 20, 2013 3:56 PM

    I would have been more excited about keeping Louis Murphy. At least he could catch a pass. Pilares, Edwards, and Adams should be able to run back kicks without having getting out of bounds as the goal.

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    Could this finally be the end of the Armanti Edwards project?

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