Panthers’ unknown receivers want to make a name for themselves

AP

At the moment, Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King are a little bit of a punch line.

They’re hoping to show they can be more than that.

They’re the Panthers receiving corps at the moment, and they hope their unknown status doesn’t last long. Their names have become synonymous in Charlotte with the exodus of every living receiver with experience, a joke which they have grown accustomed with in recent days.

That’s expected. I didn’t play last year,” King told Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. “The fans didn’t know anything about me. It’s expected that they say that. That doesn’t bother me at all. They’ll know who I am this year.”

The Panthers have some degree of expectation for the pair of them. They claimed King off waivers from the Broncos, who cut the fifth-round pick to make a roster spot for Von Miller. McNutt was claimed off the Dolphins practice squad last year, and almost had a catch, but was out of bounds for what would have been a touchdown in the regular season finale.

He’s also a bit of a symbol, as he was the guy General Manager Dave Gettleman signed after releasing project Armanti Edwards, who became representative of former G.M. Marty Hurney’s misses.

“When I came here we were 1-4, and I wouldn’t say they had given up on things, but they wanted some changes,” McNutt said. “They said, ‘You have a big opportunity to come in and work hard like we know you’re capable of doing. There are a couple guys here that will be up for contract so you want to make sure you put your best foot forward because this year or next year you could find a spot.’

“They’re just not going to go all straight young guys. There’s going to be guys they pick up. We have an opportunity to have some fresh faces around and show what we can do at this level.”

The Panthers have six receivers on the roster at the moment, who have a combined five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. All the stats are from former Jaguar Toney Clemons and former fifth-rounder Kealoha Pilares, but McNutt and King have the upside of the group.

And they hope at some point you know who they are.

29 responses to “Panthers’ unknown receivers want to make a name for themselves

  1. They are at least saying the right things. And it is true that just because no one’s ever heard of them doesn’t mean they can’t play. But the number of people who walk in off the street and become All Pro is very small. Of course there is still the draft and free agency is only a week old. We shall see.

  2. As a life long Panther fan, I can’t say that I’m shocked, but still disappointed. The secondary guys were nobody’s who busted their humps and this is how they get repaid.

    The WR’s are young, they’ll make a name for themselves, lets just hope that name isn’t “butterfingers”….

  3. Mcnutt could be a solid #2 receiver, if given the chance. problem is they don’t have a #1 receiver. Between cam, Williams and hardy there will not be much money to go around. And they still have to worry about Luke’s contract.

  4. As a Panthers fan, I get the frustration with Gettleman. But his situation that he’s dealing with was explained perfectly on NFL Radio just now.

    In 2011, Hurney signed DeAngelo and Stewart to contracts that led to backend dead cap hits should they be cut. DeAngelo is the #8 highest paid RB in the league. Stewart is #10. It would make sense to cut one or both, right?

    Actually, no. Stewart’s ~$5M salary has a dead cap hit of $18M (yes, $18M…). DeAngelo’s $6M salary has a dead cap hit of $9M. To cut them would be $16M more expensive than to keep them. Next year will be hardly any different. Stewart’s dead cap hit reduces from $18M to $9M, but it is hardly worth cutting him at such a penalty. So, we’re stuck in this rut in Carolina for two years now, none of which is Gettleman’s doing.

    Should he have had a plan in place at WR? Yeah, certainly. Maybe he did and it just didn’t come to fruition. But Hurney destroyed this team before Gettleman ever took it over and we’re not yet out of that tunnel. Quite frankly, it surprises me anyone would have taken this job once they realized what position Hurney left them in.

    Where they get the money to re-sign Hardy and extend Newton, I don’t know.

  5. Considering how much we know about these guys, I was under the impression Anne Veal was in the mix at receiver too.
    who?

    Overly specific and very forced jokes aside, McNutt has all the physical tools to be a solid complementary receiver, and Carolina could finally be his big shot.
    her?

  6. HOW CAN YOU AS A REAL PANTHERS FANS NOT REALIZE THAT WE ALSO GOT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW ON GOOD PLAYERS LAST YEAR.. THIS IS NOT A STEP BACK. THIS IS A CHESS GAME. STRATEGY. CALM DOWN PEOPLE WE ARE NOT GONE. AT LEAST NOT YET.

    LOOK AT IT LIKE THIS.

    PAY 10 PLAYERS 10 BUCKS AND KEEP 10 BUCKS IN YOUR POCKET… YOU GO 12-4
    NOW THOSE SAME TEN PLAYERS WANT TO BE PAID. YOU HAVE 10 BUCKS LEFT OVER. AND ANOTHER 20 BUCKS EARNED. AT THE
    END OF THE YEAR YOU END UP WITH 30 BUCKS
    SO NOW THOSE SAME 10 PLAYERS WANT 4 BUCKS A PIECE INSTEAD OF 1 BUCK A PIECE.
    SO SHOULD YOU PAY 10 PLAYERS 4 BUCKS AND WHICH YOU DON’T HAVE BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAVE 30 BUCKS OR MONEY FOR YOUR DRAFT PLAYERS… OR WILL YOU GO OUT FIND MORE PLAYERS ONCE AGAIN AT1 BUCK A PIECE. ONLY SPENDING 10 BUCKS AND STILL SAVING $20. WHICH MEANS THAT CAN GO TOWARDS WHATEVER YOU MAKE THIS COMING YEAR… AND YOU CAN REALLY HAVE MORE TO PLAY AROUND WITH THEN.

    BUT I GUESS YOU ALL KNOW ALL OF THIS ALREADY. SO THAT REALLY WAS A WASTE OF TIME

  7. ^^ OMG TY FOR THE EXPLANATION. NOW WE ALL KNOW. FLORIO, YOU CATCH THAT? PLEASE DISREGARD ALL FUTURE PANTHERS’ POSTS AS A ‘REALPANTHERFAN’ JUST EXPLAINED IT ALL TO US!!

    ………

  8. The problem with everybody giving Gettleman a pass for destroying a playoff team, is that that same Dave Gettleman told Cam Newton and the world, last year (after a pregnant pause) that we needed to WIN NOW.

    Cam and the team delivered. Now we’re to believe that his priority has changed from winning to building for the future. That makes no sense. Maybe it’s time for some truth serum and an explanation as to why the goal is not improving on 12-4 NOW.

    Based on what I’ve seen in the NFL, 12-4 means you’re very close to reaching the ultimate goal. You don’t destroy 12-4, you tweak it.

  9. Gettleman has a plan. All the REAL PANTHERS FANS KNOW THAT! LMAO The plan is apparently to dismantle a playoff roster and fill it with practice squad players, camp bodies, bums, scrubs, and stiffs and PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE in the draft and hope for the best. This is not tweaking a roster but totally blowing it up and starting all over again. Yes, the cap situation is not Gettleman’s fault but he accepted the job to build the best team he could and at the same time as he told Cam…u need to win. I think he has forgotten that message he related to Newton. This team is heading down the standings and everyone know it..diehard fan or not. Example: Implode your entire wide receiver corps. Need I say more.

  10. LET THE MAN DO HIS JOB.

    CASE IN POINT.

    ERIC DECKER IS IN HIS FOURTH YEAR. YET DIDNT BECOME SO KNOWN UNTIL AFTER PEYTON MANNING CAME TO TOWN.

    JULIUS THOMAS. PLAYED 5 GAMES AND HAD ONLY 1 RECEPTION IN 2011. DIDNT EVEN PLAY 2012. AND MADE THE PRO BOWL AND WAS PROBABLY ON HALF OF YOU GUYS FANTASY TEAMS THIS YEAR AFTER CATCHING 65 BALLS IN 14 GAMES..

    SO AS FAR AS WHO GETTLEMEN PICKS UP. LET THE MAN DO HIS WORK. JUDGE WHAT HE DOES AFTER THE SEASON.

    AND AS FOR MCNUTT AND KING.. ITS THIER TIME. ITS THEIRS FOR THE TAKING.

  11. people are mad that we didnt go out to get big name receivers. its not like we have the money.
    why go get a player like emmanuel sanders who has not even had 1 -1000 yard season yet. his best season was 700+ yards.
    Who’s to say one of the wideouts on our team cant do better. i say sit back and let it work its way out.

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