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DeAngelo Williams “in shock” the Panthers lost all their receivers

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Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was shocked to learn that none of the wide receivers who caught passes for Carolina last year would be back this year.

Asked on NFL AM about the departure of veteran receiver Steve Smith, Williams said he hated to see Smith go, but it went beyond just that. Williams said that he doesn’t know what the front office is thinking at the receiver position.

“We lost them all,” Williams said of the Panthers’ receivers. “That was tough, man. I played with Steve for eight years, and I know the chip he has on his shoulder, and he’s a playmaker. I couldn’t believe that we made those moves. Like, I’m still in shock. Not only did we lose him, but Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell, and [Domenik] Hixon.”

Asked if he feels that losing receivers puts more pressure on the running backs, Williams answered, “No, it puts more pressure on our front office because you make these moves, getting rid of four receivers, you’ve got to bring in guys.”

So far, the guys the Panthers have brought in are Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood. Williams was careful not to criticize his new teammates, but he clearly isn’t convinced that the Panthers can be as good in the passing game this year as they were last year. In that skepticism of the Panthers’ receiving corps, Williams is far from alone.

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42 Responses to “DeAngelo Williams “in shock” the Panthers lost all their receivers”
  1. rwhite84 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:08 AM

    Alterraun Verner and Desmond Trufant are licking their chops.

  2. narfmoo12 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:08 AM

    It’s a good thing they have 11 running backs taking up half their salary cap.

  3. wryly1 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:08 AM

    Patriots have done the same thing to Brady more than once.

  4. jtbaudendistel says: Apr 10, 2014 10:10 AM

    Cam had more talent to throw to during his Junior Collage days. Avant as a WR1? Laughable

  5. tcostant says: Apr 10, 2014 10:10 AM

    I wonder what position the Panthers will focus on at the draft?

  6. thegrigga49 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:11 AM

    That was a great interview this morning. Williams was candid as can be. It was refreshing to hear someone speaking the truth instead of speaking the company line.

  7. malek773 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:14 AM

    This is why Cam should leave Carolina whenever his contract is up. Most teams that draft a QB at number 1 try to suuround him with talent to help him accel. What has Carolina done to help Cam? I think Cam can be better than RG3 and Andrew Luck but both of those guys have more talent than he does. His current receivers are a bunch of 3s and 4s on any other team. This front office needs to step up and get him a true number 1 receiver. They have the defense to contend, they need to get Cam some help on offense.

  8. schmitty2 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:14 AM

    DeAngelo will even be more shocked when he beats out Greg Olsen for the team leader in receptions.

  9. realskipbayless says: Apr 10, 2014 10:17 AM

    Avant has been always under rated

  10. bcfalcon says: Apr 10, 2014 10:17 AM

    Maybe if you and stewart restructured your obnoxious contracts or took a pay cut this wouldn’t have happened.

  11. nygmann says: Apr 10, 2014 10:21 AM

    As long as Can Newton is healthy, the team will be OK. Remeber they have Greg Olsen as a great passing threat. And although Jericho Cocthery is not a WR1 on most teams, he still has some pretty good speed as a deep threat.

  12. sml1950 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:26 AM

    Wake up DWill, the reason the Panthers can’t resign their WRs is your and JStew’s inflated contracts. If you want to do something other than complain…TAKE A PAYCUT. The only reason you’re still around is the dead money the team would have to write off.

  13. holla2626 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:27 AM

    Two Rooks in Rounds 1-3 and we will be just fine. You don’t get a #1 WR in free agency that does not have baggage.

  14. gomybirdsgo says: Apr 10, 2014 10:31 AM

    Id be much more worried about the oline

  15. GenXJay says: Apr 10, 2014 10:31 AM

    He’s forgotten the defense. Especially the Captain.

  16. gmuck31 says: Apr 10, 2014 10:42 AM

    First

  17. schmokes says: Apr 10, 2014 10:46 AM

    Poor cap management from the prior regime will hamstring the panthers for a few years. Specifically Williams contract.

  18. conormacleod says: Apr 10, 2014 10:58 AM

    Always a good idea to complain about the front office when you’re a player. Enjoy your unemployment next season.

  19. inyofacebltch says: Apr 10, 2014 11:37 AM

    Why didn’t they make a run at Desean Jackson?

  20. motsuret06 says: Apr 10, 2014 11:38 AM

    It is what it is. All Gettleman wants is players who will be “yes” men and play for peanuts. Maybe he could suit up a herd of elephants. They are big “hog mollies” and they are willing to play for peanuts. Gettleman wanted a “cheap” receiving corps and that is exactly what the Panthers have…no more and no less. Williams is right and Cam has been silent. Mums the word…….

  21. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 10, 2014 11:41 AM

    Cam is not exactly a QB that a good WR would want, is he?

  22. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Apr 10, 2014 11:51 AM

    I’m pretty sure DeAngelo Williams has restructured his deal multiple times since he signed it … But people outside the Carolinas choose to ignore that fact and repeatedly bash DWill … It isn’t fair to put the cap woes all on him anyway …

  23. daysend564 says: Apr 10, 2014 12:07 PM

    Over $11M cap space dumped into two backs that have seen better days. I wonder why there isn’t more funds to go around.

  24. weepingjebus says: Apr 10, 2014 12:07 PM

    It’s like the Panthers offseason planning sessions consisted of nothing but a few screenings of Major League.

  25. rmaxmaicon says: Apr 10, 2014 12:27 PM

    PANTHERS need to draft 2WRs within the first 3rounds IMO….the receiving core for CAROLINA has been terrible for several years. Give CAM some weapons to work with for Petes Sake!

  26. jziii says: Apr 10, 2014 12:46 PM

    Generally speaking, this is not how perennial contenders operate. Must be frustrating for Panthers fans, having your team make such a big leap and then watching them seemingly lose all of that momentum in the offseason. Even if they draft some good receivers, only the really, really good wideouts make an impact as rookies.

  27. squinn21 says: Apr 10, 2014 12:55 PM

    The guys they brought in are garbage.

  28. realdealsteel says: Apr 10, 2014 12:58 PM

    If you think DeAngelo is in shock, imagine how Cam feels?? LOL

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 10, 2014 1:39 PM

    Tiquan Underwood oh my. If he’s the #3 at this point Carolina is in big big trouble.

    The Panthers could easily do a first to worst thing this year.

  30. orivar says: Apr 10, 2014 1:51 PM

    They also lost a good portion of depth in their Oline. That’s really going to help their million running backs.

    Panthers are screwed.

  31. pwebster919 says: Apr 10, 2014 1:51 PM

    If the running backs are worried, they should give up some of that scratch. Notice he didnt say he’d take pay cut to bring in talent.

    He and Jstew are ring leaders of the all ski mask squad. we’ve payed stewart, what? .. like 17-19 million dollars over three years? Guys never healthy and when he IS healthy he’s a 10 touch a game guy.

    soooooooooooooo if you guys are so worried about it, do right thing and give the money back.

  32. junkmtb says: Apr 10, 2014 2:06 PM

    Williams needs to shut up and play ball!!! If he’s so worried then he shouldve donated some of that big salary to save a couple receivers.

  33. orivar says: Apr 10, 2014 2:10 PM

    Donovan McNabb 2.0 except instead of not having a quality receiving corp, then having a #1, to not having a quality corp again until two years till leaving the team, Cam started with an alright corp with potential to be a quality group, and now having none and has to rebuild the chemistry.

  34. vicnocal says: Apr 10, 2014 2:17 PM

    Let’s be real here – Steve Smith is not the Steve Smith of old, he’s just an old Steve Smith, and Ted Ginn Jr, Brandon Lafell, & Domenic Hixon are nothing special whatsoever.

  35. irkjames says: Apr 10, 2014 2:22 PM

    I’m shocked the Panthers threw away a bunch of money on DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart when they pretty much utilize a running-back-by-committee offense.

  36. hugothehornet says: Apr 10, 2014 3:26 PM

    For all those folks saying Steve Smith isn’t what he used to be and LaFell and Ginn were overrated…

    Who would you rather have?

    the receiving corp from last year? Or the receiving corp that this year is shaping up to be?

    I’m a die hard Panthers fan from day 1, but I’ve got to admit that it Cam regresses this year due to lack of receivers.. I fully expect teams that need a franchise QB to make a hard push for him come contract time. And if they have a few very good receivers and prove a willingness to build around him, he’ll be out the door. Everyone knows Cam hates to lose.. and why show the loyalty if the team won’t make a move to make him better?

  37. lanman11 says: Apr 10, 2014 3:34 PM

    Let’s see if he can pull a Brady…..

  38. noseytackle says: Apr 10, 2014 3:48 PM

    Oh well, guess Cam and the RB’s will be running more.

  39. MakeItRain says: Apr 10, 2014 4:09 PM

    He should be surprised that he’s still around as well.

  40. jgedgar70 says: Apr 10, 2014 5:07 PM

    Calm down, y’all. Stewart DID restructure, right before Smith got cut. And please keep in mind it was the newspaper writer we had for a GM that signed those RBs to the massive contracts. My guess is that DG has more faith in Stewart, so he restructured him and probably plans to cut DeAngelo as of 6/1/15 to spread out the cap hit.

    As for the receivers… If the main guys we signed – Cotchery and Avant – are such garbage, how did they manage to make an NFL roster? I believe Cotchery caught a career-high TDs last year. Avant has never had big numbers because he’s been on a team with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Macklin/Riley Cooper at WR, and Brian Westbook/LeSean McCoy at RB. There are only so many footballs to go around. I would rather have Cotchery and Avant then LaFell and Hixon. And I’m cetain we can get a burner in round 1 or 2 of the draft that will have more talent than Ginn. Cotchery and Avant are also high-quality locker room guys that will be good mentors for any WR we draft and the unproven guys we still have.

    I worry about the depth on the O-line and in the secondary. But as long as we get a talented speed WR in the draft, I’m not nearly as worried about the WRs as I was a month ago.

  41. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 10, 2014 9:03 PM

    I believe the biggest problem in Carolina is Cam Newton. With draft position and hype it will be hard to move away from him for some time. Panthers did well to make him a game manager, to camoflague his limited skills, but Cam does not have much real potential to ever be a top QB. His only real asset is size.

    What WR would want to play with Cam?

  42. mac7163 says: Apr 12, 2014 8:50 PM

    Unfortunately it was a move that had to be made. The former GM signed players to inflated contracts . 3 running backs account for 55 million( Williams , Stewart and Tolbert ) notice when they tried to trade one of them there were no takers sooner or later that catches up with the cap . How could he not believe ! Then take a pay cut or try restructuring your contract . The Panthers had a core full of #2 receivers anyway now they have brought in what they could afford. It was the defense that lead the team. The current GM has done a great job signing what they could afford to meet the salary cap. The Panthers have picks in all 7 rounds . They could survive this season .

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